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Sturgeon Retention Coming To Lake Roosevelt

For the second year in a row, state managers will introduce a new sturgeon retention fishery in Eastern Washington.

Following on 2016’s season in two mid-Columbia pools, Lake Roosevelt is expected to open as soon as July.

“It’s an exciting opportunity that actually should extend eight, 10, potentially 12 years in length,” Steve Pozzanghera, WDFW’s Region 1 manager, told the Fish and Wildlife Commission last month. “It’s an exciting opportunity that we haven’t had for quite some time.”

TACOMA CLOWERS HOLDS A STURGEON FROM NOT FAR DOWNSTREAM OF LAKE ROOSEVELT, WHERE RETENTION WILL BE ALLOWED THIS SUMMER. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

According to the agency’s fish chief Chris Donley, it’s been at least 20 years since the last one. He says there are around 20,000 harvestable sturgeon on tap.

In a press release, he described them as “surplus fish from Washington and Canadian hatcheries that are not needed in the spawning population.”

WDFW says it’s working with the Colville and Spokane Tribes, whose reservations in part border the 150-mile-long reservoir and comanage its fisheries, and whose members have begun angling for the largest fish in the Columbia system.

Donley says that state seasons will be opened after catch sharing and monitoring plans with the tribes are figured out.

“We expect to open Roosevelt sturgeon fishing no later than the first of July,” he said, “so we plan to announce season dates and rules soon.”

FDR’s Sanpoil Arm To Remain Closed Till June, WDFW Reminds

Editor’s note, March 30, 2017, 2:30 p.m.: WDFW emergency rule-change notice tacked on at bottom

WDFW is reminding anglers that due to changing regs, the Sanpoil Arm of Lake Roosevelt won’t open this Saturday.

The fishing pamphlet has the drowned mouth of the Ferry County river opening April 1, but with a Fish and Wildlife Commission decision last December, it’s been moved back to June 1 starting this season.

WITH LAKE ROOSEVELT’S TROUT FISHERY DRAWING INCREASING INTEREST, MANAGERS HAVE MOVED TO PROTECT THE RESERVOIR’S REDBAND RAINBOWS, INCLUDING CLOSING A LARGE BAY WHERE THE TROUT GATHER TO MAKE SPRING SPAWNING RUNS. THIS STRINGER OF RAINBOWS WAS PUT TOGETHER SEVERAL WINTERS AGO BY DYLAN AND GARRETT, GRANDSONS OF READER CHARLIE HISSOM. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

That may disappoint walleye fishermen, but it was part of a set of tweaks to the rules to protect native redband rainbows in the 150-mile-long Northeast Washington reservoir.

With increasing interest in FDR’s superb trout and kokanee fisheries, state and tribal managers were concerned that with redbands already accounted for one-fifth of the rainbow harvest, according to WDFW.

The Sanpoil River is one of the spawning grounds of the unique strain of inland rainbows.

Other changes adopted last December include releasing all trout without a clipped adipose fin from Grand Coulee Dam up to the Little Dalles powerlines, but an end to the maximum number of rainbows that can be over 20 inches.

The agency stocks three-quarters of a million fin-clipped trout to support the harvest fishery on the reservoir.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE EMERGENCY RULE CHANGE NOTICE

Updates fishing rules for Lake Roosevelt,

Spokane and Sanpoil arms

Action: Updates fishing regulations in the 2016-17 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for Lake Roosevelt and the Spokane and Sanpoil Arms of the 150-mile reservoir to protect wild native redband rainbow trout.

The correct fishing regulations include:

  • Sanpoil Arm (listed as Sanpoil River in the pamphlet): The Sanpoil Arm opens to fishing June 1, instead of April 1.
  • Lake Roosevelt from Grand Coulee Dam to the Little Dalles power line crossing, Spokane Arm and Sanpoil Arm: Only hatchery-produced trout, marked with a clipped adipose fin, can be retained. The daily catch limit is still five trout, not including kokanee. But there is no longer a limit on how many of those fish can exceed 20 inches, as is currently indicated in the WDFW fishing rules pamphlet.
  • Little Dalles power line crossing to the Canadian border: The daily catch limit is now only two trout (marked hatchery or unmarked wild), with a minimum size of 18 inches.

For the complete rule changes, see “Corrections to the pamphlet,” posted at http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01818/2016_fishing_regulation_errata.pdf.

Reason for action: The 2016-17 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet does not reflect fishing rule changes that took effect in December 2016. Those changes, approved by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, are intended to further protect redband rainbow trout at Lake Roosevelt, a Columbia River reservoir in northeast Washington. Redband trout are a subspecies of rainbow trout found in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

Information Contact: Chris Donley, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 892-1001, ext. 307.