Posted on Wednesday September 09, 2020
WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE - Gamefish daily limits removed from Hatch Lake and McDowell Lake effective September 11 through October 11, 2020
Gamefish daily limits removed from Hatch Lake and McDowell Lake

Action:  Removes daily limits, size restrictions, and fly-fishing only gear restrictions.

Effective date:  September 11 through October 11, 2020.

Species affected:  All gamefish.

Locations:  Hatch Lake (Stevens County) and McDowell lake (Stevens County).

Reason for action:  These lakes are scheduled for rehabilitation using rotenone to remove undesirable fish species.  Licensed anglers may harvest any remaining game fish prior to rehabilitation.

Additional information:  McDowell Lake anglers may use conventional gear beginning September 11.  These lakes will close to all fishing beginning October 12, 2020 until further notice.  Rehabilitations start the day after these lakes close to fishing.  Anglers may not gather fish from these lakes during or after rehabilitations.

Information contact:  Bill Baker, District 1 Fish Biologist (509-563-5499), Randy Osborne, District 2 Fish Biologist (509-892-1001, ext. 302).

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery.  Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations.  Fishing rules are subject to change.  Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules.  For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360) 796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.  
Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2207), or email (  For more information, see

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