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Goldfish, Brook Trout Removal The Aim Of 3 Proposed NE WA Water Treatments

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

State fishery managers will host three public meetings the last week of May to discuss plans to treat one lake and two streams in eastern Washington with rotenone, a naturally occurring pesticide commonly used to remove undesirable and illegally stocked fish species from lakes and streams.

NOW INFESTED WITH GOLDFISH, WEST MEDICAL LAKE IS PROPOSED FOR ROTENONING, POTENTIALLY TAKING ITS POPULAR TROUT FISHERY OFF LINE FOR A WHILE. (MIKE WRIGHT)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is proposing to treat West Medical Lake in Spokane County. The lake will be treated to restore one of the most popular trout fisheries in the Spokane area by removing goldfish, said Bruce Bolding, WDFW warmwater fish program manager.

WDFW is also proposing to treat a 5-mile section of Smalle Creek and a half-mile of Highline Creek in Pend Oreille County to remove non-native eastern brook trout and restore native westslope cutthroat populations, he said.

“The goal is to restore trout populations by removing competing species that have essentially taken over these waters,” Bolding said. “Illegally stocked fish compete with stocked trout fry for food and some prey upon them, rendering stocking efforts ineffective.”

WDFW has scheduled public meetings to discuss the planned lake and creek treatments as follows:

  • Spokane: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, in the WDFW Region 1 Office, 2315 North Discovery Place, Spokane Valley.
  • Ione: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, in the Ione Community Center, 210 Blackwell Street.
  • Olympia: 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street.

In addition to input received at the public meetings, WDFW will also consider written comments received no later than June 13. The public can comment on WDFW’s State Environmental Policy Act website or they can be sent directly to: Bruce Bolding, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, P.O. Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200.

A decision on whether to proceed with the planned treatments will be made by the WDFW director in late July.

Rotenone is an organic substance derived from the roots of tropical plants, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved for use as a fish pesticide. It has been used by WDFW in lake and stream rehabilitations for more than 70 years, and is commonly used by other fish and wildlife management agencies nationwide.

2018 Washington Trout Stocking Plan Out

How many fish are headed to your Washington lake this year?

WDFW’s just posted its 2018 statewide stocking plan, and it shows the agency will release 2.17 million catchables and 124,500 jumbos this year as well as let loose 12.9 million fingerlings and put-and-grow fish last year for harvest this spring and summer.

WHITE SALMON’S MIGUEL PEREZ AND CEDAR WILLEY LIMITED OUT AT PAMPA POND IN THE SOUTHWESTERN PALOUSE WHILE USING POWER-BAIT IN LATE APRIL OF LAST YEAR. LES LOGSDON OF NEARBY HOOD RIVER SNAPPED THE PIC. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Species include kokanee, rainbow, cutthroat, brown, brook and tiger trout, as well as triploid brookies.

All totaled, nearly 17 million trout and kokes have or will be stocked in just under 540 Evergreen State lakes, with fish headed for every county except Garfield, which according to my trusty Lakes of Washington, Volume II, Eastern Washington (second edition) had in 1973 all of 32.1 acres of lakeage.

As always, WDFW’s plan includes information on each lake’s size, fishing season, species and number of fish released, as well as which month they’ll be let loose, to give you an idea of relative density of stocking and when to hit it.

Hatchery tanker trucks will also be making the rounds ahead of the lowland lakes opener on the fourth Saturday in April, and according to the agency, anglers can again expect noticeably bigger trout than historically.

“Catchables were on average eight inches in length, but this year, they will be closer to 11 inches,” WDFW states.

And the statewide trout derby will also begin April 28. This year it features nearly $40,000 in prizes from 120 companies for those who catch any of the 1,000 specially tagged rainbows stocked in more than 100 lakes. That’s up from 2017 and well above the first derby back in 2016.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Statewide stocking plan

Weekly stocking stats

Fish Washington (info on lakes, regs, access)

Statewide fishing derby