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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. 

Thank you for reporting your tagged fish

posted Jul 16, 2015, 9:07 AM by cct fishtags   [ updated Jul 16, 2015, 2:50 PM ]

We would like to thank anglers for reporting their tagged fish caught on Rufus Woods. We have received over 150 tag reports through this website since its inception in March 2015. Please continue to report tags and return to cctfwfishtags.com for updated information regarding fish stocking and schedules for future releases. Thank you very much for your participation in our program! Feel free to contact us with comments, questions, or suggestions by emailing us at cct.fishtags@gmail.com. 

Update: 21,041 Fish released 5/11 and 5/12

posted May 18, 2015, 12:06 PM by cct fishtags   [ updated May 18, 2015, 12:07 PM ]

On May 11 and 12, a total of 21,041 adipose fin clipped Rainbow Trout were released into Rufus Woods Lake, 2,796 of these fish were marked with an external anchor tag. Anglers that retain the tagged fish are encouraged to report the tag on this website, or call 509-634-2110. This information assists fisheries biologists in managing annual fish releases into Rufus Woods Lake.

Fish Release Scheduled for Monday May 11

posted May 4, 2015, 7:19 AM by cct fishtags   [ updated May 4, 2015, 7:26 AM ]

A fish release of 17,000 Triploid Rainbow Trout is scheduled for Monday May 11. A portion of these fish will be identified by an external anchor tag.

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