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Monday, January 2, 2017
By Dave Graybill
Happy New Year everyone. I hope the coming year provides you with many successful fishing adventures. Anglers who plan to fish Lake Roosevelt have two reasons to closely inspect their catch. First of all, all non-adipose fin clipped trout must be released. These are wild red band rainbow trout, which are native to Lake Roosevelt. Both the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Colville Tribe have asked anglers to release these fish to maintain or improve their populations. The other fish to check for adipose fin clips are the kokanee. The daily limit of kokanee on Lake Roosevelt is six fish. Four of these can be fin clipped and two can be wild. I know that I am in the habit of putting every kokanee I catch in the cooler and quitting when I have two for each angler on my boat. I am aware of anglers that didn’t notice they had clipped fish until they were all done and cleaning fish. They could have added another wild kokanee to their bag and kept fishing. There are two really good reasons to inspect the trout and kokanee that you catch on Roosevelt this year, so don’t forget.