Drano Lake Fish Report for 10-6-2022
Drano Lake opens for hatchery steelhead retention
Drano Lake - (Skamania County)
by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Action: Opens angling for and retention of hatchery steelhead
Effective date: Oct. 6 through Oct. 31, 2022.
Species affected: Hatchery steelhead.
Location: Drano Lake.
Rule: Salmon and hatchery steelhead daily limit is 6 fish, of which 1 may be an adult salmon or hatchery steelhead. Salmon min. size 12".
Reason for action: Summer steelhead fisheries for 2022 were closed in Drano Lake through the North of Falcon rule-making process based on low preseason forecasts and the need to limit impacts to Endangered Species Act-listed steelhead in non-treaty fisheries. The estimated return of B-index summer steelhead, the primary stock currently passing Bonneville Dam, was recently increased from preseason forecasts. Mainstem Columbia River temperatures are also decreasing, likely reducing the number of ESA-listed summer steelhead occupying Drano Lake. Reopening hatchery steelhead retention at this time will provide added sport fishing opportunity for anglers, while also meeting conservation objectives for ESA-listed steelhead stocks.
Additional information: All other permanent rules remain in effect. Beginning Nov. 1, 2022, permanent rules published in the 2022-2023 Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet will resume; anglers are reminded to consult the fishing rules pamphlet and check for emergency rule changes before hitting the water.
Anglers can be notified of in-season rule changes as they are announced by signing up for WDFW Regulation Updates at wdfw.wa.gov/about/lists.
Information contact: Matt Gardner, District Fish Biologist, (360) 906-6746.
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