Those planning a spring or summer trout fishing trip to the highly popular Rufus Woods Lake in Eastern Washington near Bridgeport should be aware of some changes to regulations that are now in effect.
First off in the waters of Rufus Woods Lake or within the Colville Tribal Designated Fishing Areas, either a tribal permit or state license shall be acceptable. A state license is still required when fishing from the Douglas County shoreline.
Second, kokanee are now included as part of the daily two trout limit.
And, chumming is not permitted for all fish species.
Other important things anglers need to be aware of are: When fishing with bait or scent, all trout are counted as part of the daily limit, whether kept or released; anglers are encouraged to use artificial lures or flies with single barbless hooks if intending to release fish and to release uninjured fish only; and fish hooked in the gills or tongue will generally die after release.
The aforementioned “Colville Tribal Designated Fishing Areas” will be determined in the near future. For those who need more details, please call 509-754-4624.
(Photo taken by Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service)