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RUFUS WOODS LAKE IS THE PLACE TO BE

posted Jun 1, 2021, 11:11 AM by cct fishtags   [ updated Jun 1, 2021, 11:13 AM ]

(Nespelem, Wash. May 25, 2021) – The Colville Indian Reservation has opened and now is the time to go fishing on Rufus Woods Lake.

Staff from the Colville Tribal Fish Hatchery (CTFH) released over 44,200 triploid rainbow trout into Rufus Woods Lake in early spring, and another 20,000 fish on Wednesday, May 26.  These fish averaged about two pounds each and can be identified by the absence of an adipose fin. A floy tag was affixed to approximately 4,000 fish from this release group.

 Anglers that retain tagged fish are encouraged to contact Colville Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife and provide the tag number and information related to the catch (date, location, length, and the approximate size) or login into www.cctfwfishtags.com/report-a-tag to report a tagged fish electronically.  This information assists biologists in managing annual fish releases into Rufus Woods Lake.

       All non-members who are fishing by boat on the boundary waters of the reservation or from the shore of Rufus Woods at the Designated Fishing Area (DFA) must have either a valid Colville Indian Reservation Fishing Permit or a valid fishing license issued by the State of Washington.  Non-members fishing from the reservation shoreline outside of the DFA must have a tribal permit.  At this time, there is only one DFA at Rufus Woods Lake which is located downstream of the Pacific Aquaculture Fish Farm net pens.  

 Colville tribal members must possess a Colville tribal identification card that serves as a permit to fish.

 If you would like to go online and purchase a fishing permit and review current regulations, please go to https://www.cct-fnw.com/regulations-permits/.  There is also a list of vendors who sell our fishing permits listed in the regulation booklet. (This list may change from year to year). Anglers who purchase tribal permits help support the continued success of this fishery. For information regarding purchasing a Reservation Use Pass, which must be purchased for each vehicle on the reservation, please go to: https://www.colvilletribes.com/parks-recreation.

Notice to the Public:

posted Jun 1, 2021, 10:44 AM by cct fishtags   [ updated Jun 1, 2021, 10:54 AM ]

Staff from the Colville Tribes’ trout hatchery began stocking Rufus Woods Lake in March 2021 with triploid rainbow trout that averaged 5.4 pounds each and can be identified by the absence of an adipose fin.  A total of 1,550 fish were stocked in the lake during the first weeks of March. An additional stocking event into Rufus Woods Lake at the end of March added approximately 18,700 adipose clipped triploid rainbow trout that average 1.5 pounds each.

 

We encourage the membership to take advantage of this opportunity the hatchery is providing.  All anglers are encouraged to provide information associated with their catch (e.g., date, location, boat or shore fishing, and approximate size) to creel personnel or by calling the Colville Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife Department at (509) 634.2110.

12,000+ Triploid Rainbow Trout Released in Rufus Woods

posted Apr 2, 2019, 7:12 AM by cct fishtags   [ updated Apr 2, 2019, 7:32 AM ]

The Colville Tribes Resident Fish Hatchery staff released over 12,000 triploid rainbow trout averaging almost 2 pounds each into Rufus Woods Lake between March 19, and March 26, 2019. All released fish can be identified by the absence of an adipose fin. Approximately 2,000 were also implanted with a plastic anchor tag. Anglers that catch tagged fish are encouraged to provide tag number and information related to the catch (i.e. date, location, length, and approximate size) by logging into www.cctfwfishtags.com/report-a-tag. This information assists CCT Biologists in managing annual fish releases into Rufus Woods Lake.

Over 46,000 Triploids Released

posted Mar 30, 2017, 7:48 AM by cct fishtags   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 7:50 AM ]

The Colville Tribes Resident Fish Hatchery released of over 46,000 triploid rainbow trout into Rufus Woods Lake on March 23, 2017. The fish average almost 2 pounds each and can be identified by the absence of an adipose fin. Currently, anglers have been very successful, and they are encroached to take advantage of this fishery the department has provided while it persists. Higher than expected stream flows, dam maintenance, and drawn down requirements forced Grand Coulee Dam to spill water from spill tubes which increased total dissolved gas (TGD) levels >120%. Studies have shown that TDG levels of 120% cause gas bubble trauma to Rainbow Trout which can cause approximately 20% mortality.  As TDG level and exposure time increase, fish are subjected to higher mortality rates.  Since increased TDG levels are anticipated in the foreseeable future due to high river flows and dam operations, these fish were released earlier than originally scheduled.

CCT Released 12,900 Triploid Rainbow Trout

posted Feb 28, 2017, 5:45 PM by cct fishtags   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:55 PM ]

The Colville Confederated Tribes Fish and Wildlife Department released over 12,900 triploid Rainbow Trout into Rufus Woods Lake on February 28, 2017. The fish averaged almost two pounds each and can be identified by the absence of an adipose fin. 
Additionally, approximately 20% were implanted with a plastic anchor tag.


14,290 Triploid Rainbow Trout Released Before Memorial Day Weekend

posted May 19, 2016, 3:13 PM by cct fishtags   [ updated May 31, 2016, 8:56 AM ]

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.

Rufus Woods Walleye Regulation Changes

posted May 19, 2016, 3:08 PM by cct fishtags

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.

April 20, 2016 - 11,033 Triploid Rainbow Trout Released

posted Apr 20, 2016, 3:30 PM by cct fishtags   [ updated Apr 20, 2016, 4:36 PM ]

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.

10,552 Rainbows Released in February, March Angling Picking Up

posted Mar 10, 2016, 11:30 AM by cct fishtags   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 11:34 AM ]

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.

4,000 Triploid Rainbow Trout Released into Rufus Woods on February 8, 2016

posted Feb 9, 2016, 9:02 AM by cct fishtags


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. 

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