THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Gamefish season extended at Whatcom County’s Padden Lake
Action: Extend the fishing season for gamefish at Padden Lake.
Effective date: Nov. 1, 2018, through Jan. 6, 2019.
Species affected: Trout and other game species.
Location: Padden Lake (Whatcom County).
Reason for action: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) stocked 1,100 catchable-size rainbow trout for a Heritage Fishing Day event conducted by the Sportsman’s Alliance Foundation. There are many fish left in the lake and WDFW is expanding the fishery so anglers can enjoy them through the holidays.
Additional information: Padden Lake will be closed to fishing on Jan. 7, 2019. The lake will re-open to fishing on the fourth Saturday in April.
No internal combustion motors are allowed on Padden Lake.
Anglers should also be aware that invasive New Zealand mudsnails (https://wdfw.wa.gov/ais/potamopyrgus_antipodarum/) were recently discovered in Padden Lake. To prevent the spread of this prohibited species to other water bodies, WDFW urges anyone coming into contact with Lake Padden to inspect and follow the Clean/Drain/Dry strategy on all clothing, gear, and watercraft. For more details on the prevention methods, visit WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/ais/youcanhelp.html.
Information contact: Justin Spinelli, Region 4 fisheries biologist, 360-466-4345, ext. 242.