WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

July 20, 2005
Contact: Jeff Korth, (509) 754-4624, ext. 39
or Bob Jateff, (509) 684-826-7341
or Jim Uehara, (360) 902-2738

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Proposed eastside fishing lake treatment
to be discussed at July public meetings

A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) proposal to improve fishing by treating selected eastern Washington fishing lakes will be discussed during public meetings in July.

Trout and/or other resident fish populations are declining in the lakes because of competition from undesirable fish. Under the proposal, the lakes would be treated with rotenone, a chemical derived from a plant root that kills fish. They then would be stocked with trout fry.

Surveys have indicated that Washington anglers prefer to fish for trout in these waters, said WDFW Fish Biologist Jim Uehara.

The target species in the proposed lake rejuvenations are:

  • Spectacle Lake (Okanogan County): pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullhead, and largemouth bass
  • Big and Little Green Lakes (Okanogan County): largemouth bass
  • Warden Lake, South Warden Lake and Index Lakes (Grant County): brown bullhead, pumpkinseed sunfish, and yellow perch

These lake rehabs are just proposals at this time, explained WDFW District Fish Biologist Jeff Korth of Moses Lake. Our meetings should give everyone interested a chance to learn about the procedure and the benefits to the fishery, ask questions, and make comments.

Final approval of all proposed lake treatments is scheduled for September. Approved projects would get under way in October.

All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. The schedule is:

  • Ephrata, July 25 in the annex conference room of WDFWs North Central regional office, 1550 Alder St. N.W., to discuss treatment of Spectacle Lake in Okanogan County and Warden, South Warden and the Annex (Index) lakes in Grant County.

  • Loomis, July 26 in the meeting room at the Whitestone Reclamation District Office at the west end of Spectacle Lake to discuss treatment of Spectacle, and Big Green and Little Green lakes in Okanogan County.

  • Olympia, July 28 in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St., S.E., to discuss all proposals.