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Trout Size And Daily Limits Change In Ross Lake

Action: Change size restrictions and daily bag limits on rainbow trout; add increased limit on brook trout.

Effective dates: July 18, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: Rainbow trout and brook trout.

Location: Ross Lake (Whatcom County)

Size and daily limits: Rainbow trout, one fish per day, minimum size 16 inches. Brook trout, five fish per day, no minimum size.

Reasons for action: Recruitment of rainbow trout has been poor in recent years. Rainbows are growing faster than in the past. As a result, the 13-inch minimum size restriction no longer protects first-time spawners, resulting in anglers harvesting fish that had not had an opportunity to reproduce. The minimum size limit needs to be adjusted accordingly. Brook trout are a non-native species and harvest is encouraged.

Other information: This action will align Washington State fishing regulations on Ross Lake with those in effect in British Columbia on this trans-boundary lake. Selective gear rules are in effect.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull 360-466-4345 x 270 barkdbcb@dfw.wa.gov

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.


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