Rule to Change: Currently, LOST LAKE/Devils lake in (Maltby) Snohomish county is open year round to fishing for trout with bait allowed and a five fish retention limit. Due to the fact that the lake is open year round the State WDFW has reprioritized Lost Lake and no longer stocks the lake with trout, while still stocking Echo lake with 1500 trout because it is a seasonal lake. Traditionally until 2012 both ECHO & Lost Lakes were stocked with 1000 trout each on May 1st. Now with reprioritization Lost lake is no longer being stocked because it is open year round , not seasonal like Echo lake. So the current regulation allows Lost Lake to be fished year round with bait and the retention of five trout while recieving NO restocking of fish. This current regulation will ultimately result in the elimination of Trout fishing oppourtunities for the public on Lost Lake.
New Rule Proposal: My proposed rule change is to make Lost Lake a Quality fishery with selective rules, no Bait, Lure with single Barbless hook or Fly with barbless hook, change retention to One Trout over 16 inches, leave season open year round. Leave all other regulations for other species as is.
Why the change is needed: Due to the Fact that a harvest opportunity exists on Echo Lake for Bait fisherman, and the fact that the nearest Quality Fishery managed Lakes are Rattlesnake in North Bend and Lone Lake on Whidbey Island , both over fifty miles away from Lost Lake ,a unique opportunity exists on Lost Lake to create the only Quality Fishery in Snohomish County.
The residents of Lost Lake are willing to obtain a stocking permit and pay for the stocking of Lost Lake by Trout Lodge if the special regulations are implemented by WDFW. Currently the lake is being fished year round heavily and no longer being stocked by WDFW which will result in the lake being devoid of Trout in the near future. This proposed rule change will provide the residents of Snohomish county with the opportunity to catch quality fish that does not currently exist in Snohomish county and requires a minimal financial input from WDFW. Basically a win win situation for WDFW and the residents of Snohomish County.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change: I have discussed these regulation changes with State Biologist Justin Spinellie at WDFW.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Justin Spinellie is in support of the regulation change on Lost Lake and turning the Lake into a Quality Fishery, along with the residents obtaining a stocking permit and paying for the stocking of Trout. Justin has stated verbally that he would approve said permit.
Submitted by: LAPE, MARK L — SNOHOMISH, WA
Date submitted: 06/13/2012
WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation
Not Recommended for further consideration Reference ID: DFW938950
We are developing our inland stocking plan, and as part of that we are evaluating lakes where catch and release opportunities are can be increased. We do not currently see this lake as a good candidate for that option.
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