NESPELEM– 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 will release another 20,000 fish on Wednesday, May 26. These fish average about two pounds each and can be identified by the absence of an adipose fin. A floy tag will be 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 recreating on the reservation, please go to https://www.colvilletribes.com/parks-recreation.