The use of lead fishing tackle will be restricted at 13 northern Washington lakes frequented by nesting common loons, the state Fish and Wildlife commission decided during its meeting Saturday in Olympia.
After a year of discussion and public meetings, the panel voted to prohibit the use of lead weights and jigs that measure 1½ inches or less along the longest axis at 12 lakes.
Those 12 lakes are Ferry and Swan lakes in Ferry County; Calligan and Hancock lakes in King County; Bonaparte, Blue and Lost lakes in Okanogan County; Big Meadow, South Skookum and Yocum lakes in Pend Oreille County; Pierre Lake in Stevens County, and Hozomeen Lake in Whatcom County.
In addition, the commission banned the use of flies containing lead at Long Lake in Ferry County.
The restrictions, which take effect May 1, are designed to protect loons from being poisoned by ingesting small lead fishing gear lost by anglers.
Most recent column
No one has influenced so many facets of Inland Northwest fisheries as Allan Scholz during his 35 years at Eastern Washington University. The 67-year-old biology professor is transitioning into retirement, leaving a legacy that would rival Mark Few if fisheries science were a ball sport …
Recent blog posts
FISHING – A six-week series of free localized fishing seminars begins this week sponsored by Mark's Marine in Hayden. All of the seminars, as follows, are set for Thursdays starting ...
WINTERSPORTS -- Season pass holders at 49 Degrees North aren't being left out in the warm-er than normal weather that's forced the northeastern Washington resort to shut down lifts until ...