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

April 14, 2014

Closed section of Rufus Woods Lake will open to anglers

Action: Open the closed waters section on Rufus Woods Lake to recreational fishing.

Effective Date: April 15, 2014 until further notice.

Species affected: All species

Location: From Grand Coulee Dam downstream to the State Route 155 Bridge.

Reason for action: Following the events of September 11, 2001, this section of Rufus Woods Lake was closed to public access and recreational fishing for security purposes. Public access has recently been restored and recreational angling is now permitted. This fishing rule change was also made to be consistent with fishing rules recently adopted by the Colville Confederated Tribe's Fish and Wildlife Department for the same area.

Other information: Fishing rules and license requirements in effect downstream of the SR 155 Bridge apply to the newly opened section. Consult the current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/) for a concise explanation of fishing rules and license requirements in effect on Rufus Woods Lake.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will submit a permanent rule change request to the Commission for adoption in 2014.

Information Contact: Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624, extension 224.

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.