New, unpublished fishing rules apply to trout at Lake Roosevelt

Anglers have to go beyond the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet to be legal when fishing portions of Lake Roosevelt this spring. Important rule changes made by the Fish and Wildlife Commission last fall were enacted to protect wild redband trout, but the changes were too late to be in the current printed regulations.

Some important changes begin on Saturday. For example, the Sanpoil River Arm of Lake Roosevelt usually opens to fishing April 1 – and the current regulations pamphlet still indicates that – but it doesn’t open until June 1 this year under new Lake Roosevelt rules adopted last fall, says Madonna Luers, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department spokeswoman in Spokane.

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