Rule changes for Eastern Washington lakes scheduled for rehabilitation

July 26, 2023

Action: Removes daily limits and size restrictions for gamefish and opens Williams Lake to fishing.

Effective date: Aug. 1-Oct. 1, 2023

Species affected: All game fish.

Locations: Williams Lake (Stevens County) and June, North Windmill, and North North Windmill lakes (Grant County)

Reason for action:  These lakes are scheduled for rehabilitation using rotenone to eradicate undesirable fish species. Licensed anglers may harvest remaining game fish prior to rehabilitation. 

Additional information: Anglers may not gather fish from these lakes during or after rehabilitations. Lakes will be restocked with trout in early spring. 

Information contact: Bill Baker, District 1 Fish Biologist, 509-563-5499; Mike Schmuck, District 2 Fish Biologist, 509-754-4624.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions 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 toll free 866-880-5431.

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