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

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October 01, 1998
Contact: Madonna Luers, (509) 456-4073

Fishing extended at six eastern Washington lakes due for treatment

SPOKANE—Fishing seasons are being extended at six eastern Washington lakes scheduled for rotenone treatments later this fall to improve future fishing.

Catch limits also will be removed temporarily at the lakes.

A seventh lake that normally is open year-round will close today to allow the same treatment.

Rotenone, a natural chemical that kills fish, will be applied to the lakes to rid them of an over-abundance of undesirable fish species that compete with trout. Seasons and catch limits are being liberalized to allow anglers to harvest trout and other species before the rotenone is applied.

After the fall rotenone treatments, the lakes will be re-stocked with hatchery trout next spring.

The lakes and the changes are:

  • Big Meadow (Pend Oreille County), no daily catch limit through Oct. 25 when it closes for treatment (normally closes Oct. 31)
  • Fish Lake (Spokane County), season extended and no daily catch limit through Oct. 25 (normally closes Sept. 30)
  • Fishtrap Lake (Lincoln/Spokane counties), season extended and no daily catch limit through Oct. 25 (normally closes Sept. 30)
  • Hog Canyon Lake (Spokane County), opens to fishing today through Oct. 25 with no daily catch limit; fishers are warned that water levels are currently very low due to work under way on an unsafe dam. (Hog Canyon normally is open from Dec. 1 through March 31, but since no trout will be re-stocked until next spring, there will be no fishery at Hog Canyon until the 1999-2000 season.)
  • Leader Lake (Okanogan County), season extended and no daily catch limit through Oct. 31 (normally closes Sept. 30)
  • Mudget Lake (Stevens County), no daily catch limit through Oct. 25 when it closes for treatment (normally closes Oct. 31)

In addition, Quail Lake (Adams County), which normally is open all year, will be closed today until further notice to allow treatment and re-stocking.