Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 30, 2009

Rule changes on Rufus Woods Lake


License Requirement - In waters of Rufus Woods Lake or within the Colville Tribal Designated Fishing Areas, either a Tribal permit or State License shall be acceptable. A State License is still required when fishing from the Douglas County shoreline.

Kokanee - are now included as part of daily (2) TROUT limit.

All Species - Chumming is not permitted

Effective Date: May 1, 2009 until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Location: Rufus Woods Lake (Douglas/Okanogan County)

Reason for action: Standardize regulations on boundary waters (Lake Rufus Woods) for cooperative enforcement per agreement with the Colville Tribe.

IMPORTANT ANGLER NOTES: When fishing with bait or scent, all TROUT are counted as part of the daily limit, whether kept or released (Statewide rules for TROUT, p. 31 of pamphlet). Anglers are encouraged to use artificial lures or flies with single barbless hooks if intending to release fish and to only release uninjured fish. Fish hooked in the gills or tongue will generally die after release.

The aforementioned "Colville Tribal Designated Fishing Areas" will be determined in the near future. Please call the WDFW Region 2 office for updates, (509) 754-4624.

Information contacts: Bob Jateff, District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624.

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.

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