Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

August 29, 2008

Rules change for eastern Washington stream and lakes scheduled for rehabilitation

Action: Remove daily bag and size limits, gear and motor restrictions, and change season for game fish on lakes and streams scheduled for rehabilitation.

Effective dates: August 29, 2008

Species affected: All game species.

Location:

Ferry County: Ellen Lake

Grant County: Aztec Lake, Beda Lake, Brookies Lake, Desert Lake, North Desert Lake, Desert Wildlife Area Ponds, Dune Lake, Harris Lake, Lizard Lake, Meadowlark Lake, Sedge Lake, Tern Lake.

Okanogan County: Big Buck Lake, Starzman Lakes

Pend Oreille County: Cee Cee Ah Creek, Frater Lake

Stevens County: Hatch Lake, Little Hatch Lake, Williams Lake

Cee Cee Ah Creek (Pend Oreille County) upstream from Cee Cee Ah Creek Falls: Effective immediately through September 7, 2008, open to fishing. No daily limit for game fish. No daily size limit for game fish. Closed to fishing September 8, 2008 until further notice.

Beda Lake and Brookies Lake (Grant County): Effective immediately through September 14, 2008, open to fishing. No daily limit for game fish. No daily size limit for game fish. Statewide gear rules apply. Fishing from a floating device equipped with a motor allowed. Closed to fishing September 15, 2008 until further notice.

Aztec Lake, Desert Lake, North Desert Lake, Desert Wildlife Area Ponds, Dune Lake, Harris Lake, Lizard Lake, Meadowlark Lake, Sedge Lake, Tern Lake (Grant County): Effective immediately through September 14, 2008, open to fishing. No daily limit for game fish. No daily size limit for game fish. Closed to fishing September 15, 2008 until further notice.

Ellen Lake (Ferry County), Frater Lake (Pend Oreille County), Hatch Lake, Little Hatch Lake and Williams Lake (Stevens County): Effective immediately through October 5, 2008, open to fishing. No daily limit for game fish. No daily size limit for game fish. Closed to fishing October 6, 2008 until further notice.

Big Buck (Shaw) Lake and Starzman Lakes (Okanogan County): Effective immediately through October 12, 2008, open to fishing. No daily limit for game fish. No daily size limit for game fish. Closed to fishing October 13, 2008 until further notice.

Reason: These lakes are scheduled for rehabilitation utilizing rotenone.

Information contact: John Whalen, Regional Fish Manager, Spokane (509-892-7861); Chris Donley, Fish & Wildlife Biologist (509-892-1001 ext 307); Jeff Korth, Regional Fish Manager, Ephrata (509-754-4624), Bob Jateff, Fish & Wildlife Biologist (509-997-0316),

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.