Welcome to CCTFWFISHTAGS. This website was created in March of 2015 to help collect and distribute information regarding fish identification tags. In its current form, this website focuses exclusively on the resident fisheries in Rufus Woods Lake, which are managed by the Colville Tribes Fish and Wildlife Department, Resident Fisheries Division, Hatchery Subdivision. Where to Fish?

Rufus Woods Lake is an 82 km (51 mile)  long section of the upper Columbia River, impounded downstream by Chief Joseph Dam and upstream by Grand Coulee Dam. The reservoir is often termed a run-of-the-river reservoir due to its relatively low water retention times, averaging 72 hours; a result of its narrow and deep channel. Rufus Woods represents about half of the southern boundary of the CCT Reservation and separates the Reservation from Douglas County to the south. Rufus Woods Lake has been jointly managed by CCT Fish and Wildlife and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

Species known to inhabit Rufus Woods included: Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Walleye (Sander vitreus), Kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka), Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio),Tench (Tinca tinca), Burbot (Lota lota), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu), Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis), Northern Pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus oregonensis), Longnose Sucker (Catostomus catostomus), Largescale Sucker (Catostomus macrocheilus), Bridgelip Sucker (Catostomus columbianus) and Brown Trout (Salmo trutta), but a variety of additional species may have also inhabited the reservoir based on its upstream connection to Lake Roosevelt and its tributaries.

The Rufus Woods Creel and Supplementation project has a primary goal of maintaining a subsistence fishery for Tribal members and quality sport fishery for non-members. In order to do this, the project attempts to determine a sustainable supplementation strategy that will produce the highest level of angler effort and catch rate of desirable size Rainbow Trout. The project also directly supports supplementation through the purchase of Rainbow Trout from private net pen aquaculture facilities on Rufus Woods Lake, as well as releasing some of the CCT resident fish hatchery's net pen Rainbow Trout. In order to provide information on the fishery for sustainable management, CCT initiated studies to determine creel dynamics, Rainbow Trout entrainment rates and reservoir residence times, and production potential for a put-grow-and-take Rainbow Trout fishery. The goal of the survey is to determine a stocking strategy that will provide the best management option and document trends in overall creel dynamics. 


Recent News

  • 14,290 Triploid Rainbow Trout Released Before Memorial Day Weekend A release of 14,290 triploid Rainbow Trout into Rufus Woods Lake occurred on May 25th. The trout averaged 1.7 pounds each. In the upstream reaches of Rufus Woods near the net pens, fish should be contributing to angler catches immediately after the release. In general, these fish will begin to show up in the downstream portions of the lake approximately one to two weeks after the release.
    Posted May 31, 2016, 8:56 AM by cct fishtags
  • Rufus Woods Walleye Regulation Changes As of May 12, 2016, the Colville Confederated Tribes Non-member fishing regulation for Walleye on Rufus Woods Lake officially changed to eight Walleye per day with no more than one over 22 inches with a minimum size of 12 inches. Prior to May 12, 2016, the Non-member regulations stated that the limit was five Walleye per day with not more than one over 22 inches with a minimum size of 12 inches. The effective Walleye regulations are the same as those stated in the current Washington Sport Fishing Rules.
    Posted May 19, 2016, 3:08 PM by cct fishtags
  • April 20, 2016 - 11,033 Triploid Rainbow Trout Released On April 20, 2016, the Colville Confederated Tribes Fish and Wildlife Department released approximately 11,000 triploid Rainbow Trout into Rufus Woods Lake near the upper net pen site.
    Posted Apr 20, 2016, 4:36 PM by cct fishtags
  • 10,552 Rainbows Released in February, March Angling Picking Up The Colville Confederated Tribes Resident Fish Hatchery released a total of 10,552 triploid Rainbow Trout that averaged 1.2 pounds/fish from February 8-11, 2016. With the temperatures rising in March, angler success has been rising too. A complete list of planned releases in 2016 across the entire reservation can be found at: http://www.colvilletribes.com/fish_and_wildlifeold.php.
    Posted Mar 10, 2016, 11:34 AM by cct fishtags
  • 4,000 Triploid Rainbow Trout Released into Rufus Woods on February 8, 2016 The Colville Resident Fish Hatchery staff released over 4,000 triploid Rainbow Trout into Rufus Woods Lake on February 8, 2016.  Staff will continue to stock another 6,000 trout into the reservoir next week. These fish average 1.25 pounds each and can be identified by the absence of an adipose fin. 
    Posted Feb 9, 2016, 9:02 AM by cct fishtags
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