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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 22, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Changes in fishing rules coming soon to Rattlesnake Lake

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Those planning a fishing trip to popular Rattlesnake Lake should be aware of some major changes happening soon.

“We received six public proposals for changing the lake to a catch and release trout fishery,” said Jennifer Whitney, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Mill Creek. “During the comment period we received 27 public comments in favor and (none) opposed to the change with a year-round (fishing) season.”

So beginning May 1, the lake will change to a catch and release fishery only. The selective gear rules will still apply, so bait or natural bait likes worms are not allowed.

No internal combustion motors are permitted on the lake, but electric trolling motors are allowed.

For the opening day of lowland lake fishing on this Saturday (April 24) through April 30 the rules listed in the state Fish and Wildlife pamphlet still apply.

During that period there is no minimum size on trout, selective gear rules, and a limit of five fish daily.

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