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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 4, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Know your daily limits of fish at Rufus Woods Lake

Here is some clarification from longtime state Fish and Wildlife public information officer Madonna Luers in Spokane about how many fish you can keep at Rufus Woods Lake:

“There’s confusion about catch limits among anglers at Rufus Woods Lake, the reservoir off the Columbia River on the Okanogan-Douglas county line that draws fishing interest from across the state with its big triploid rainbow trout and kokanee salmon.”

“The daily catch limit for trout and kokanee is two fish, trout and kokanee combined. That’s a change from last year when it was two of each. The change was made to be consistent with the Colville Confederated Tribes regulations as part of a Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife cooperative agreement with them. By our omission, it’s not listed in the fishing rules pamphlet; the Rufus Woods entry on page 93 simply says call the WDFW Northcentral Region (Ephrata) office for rules.”

“When the pamphlet came out back in late April, we put the word out about the catch limit, and we’ve subsequently mentioned it in our Weekender recreation report from time to time. Evidently the latest confusion may be tied to some misinformation recently and temporarily relayed by tribal office staff (now corrected), and some false rumors that rules changed July 1 (our rules run from May 1 through April 30 each year.)”

“Bottom line: Rufus Woods Lake has a two-fish catch limit for trout and kokanee, no matter how tempting those big triploids may be. Please use this information to help us spread the word. Thank you!”

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