Trout Season Extended Through New Year’s At Recently Stocked Padden, Steel Lakes

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

Gamefish season extended at Padden Lake (Whatcom County) and Steel Lake (King County)

Action: Extends open gamefish season to Jan. 5, 2020.

Effective date: Nov. 1, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020.

ANGLERS IN WHATCOM AND KING COUNTIES GET TO FISH A PAIR OF LAKES THAT WILL REMAIN OPEN LATER THAN SCHEDULED AS WDFW AIMS TO INCREASE TROUT FISHING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE I-5 CORRIDOR THROUGH PUGETROPOLIS. HUGO BACKMAN CAUGHT THIS RAINBOW AT ONE OF THE TWO, PADDEN LAKE, LAST YEAR. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Species affected: All gamefish.

Location: Padden Lake (Whatcom Co.) and Steel Lake (King Co.).

Reason for action: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) stocked catchable-size rainbow trout in both lakes in late October and will again prior to Black Friday (Nov. 29). These fish and the extension of the fishing season will provide exciting fishing opportunities through the holidays for these lakes.

Additional information: Padden Lake and Steel Lake will be closed to fishing on Jan. 5, 2019. Both lakes will re-open to fishing on the fourth Saturday in April.

No internal combustion motors are allowed on Padden Lake and Steel Lake.

Anglers should also be aware that invasive New Zealand mudsnails (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 https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/invasive/prevention.

Information contact: Region 4 office, 425-775-1311.

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