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July 08, 2002
Contact: Jim Uehara (360) 902-2738

Public meeting scheduled to discuss Eastern Washington fishing lake treatments

OLYMPIA - Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fish managers have set a July 25 public meeting in Olympia to discuss proposed rotenone treatments of several Eastern Washington lakes to improve fishing.

The treatments or "rehabilitations" are designed to rid lakes of illegally introduced and undesirable fish so that trout fisheries can be restored. Rotenone is a natural chemical derived from plants that is used to kill fish. It is non-persistent in the environment and is non-toxic to humans at the levels used for lake treatments.

WDFW fish managers will provide information about rotenone and its effects on aquatic ecosystems at the meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. in Room 175 A of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St.

The lake treatments, proposed for this fall or next spring, must pass State Environmental Policy Act review and gain the approval of the WDFW's Director's office.

The lakes scheduled for treatment are:

  • Stevens County's Williams Lake (winter-only fishing season, goldfish infestation);

  • Spokane County's Badger and North Silver lakes (brown bullhead and tench infestations); and

  • Grant County's Martha, Magpie, South Ancient, and Dusty lakes; and Okanogan County's Alta, Davis, and Dibble lakes (carp and other undesirable fish affecting both trout and waterfowl production).