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Some fish missed

Flippers available at Buzzard Lake

I just completed writing this year’s Fishrapper, the annual fishing prospect magazine that will appear in The Chronicle’s Wednesday edition.

I thought I would include a few pieces that did not fit into the 24-page tab.

For instance, there’s no mention of lost flippers at Buzzard Lake due to fin-grabbing mud at the current area for launching a boat.

You will have to act fast to find the free float tubing flippers, lost last summer, because the Okanogan Valley Fly Club plans to dump three loads for gravel this summer to punish the nasty mud.

The club is searching for donations to help cover the $1,200 cost, president Greg Bennett said.

Bennett also is working on a proposal to make Jasmine Creek in Omak more habitable for fish. He’s consulting a fish biologist for the best way to make the juvenile-designated creek support fish.

There’s also an effort by the club and the city of Riverside to improve the town’s boat launch, including adding lights.

I used several resources this year for the Fishrapper. Instead of relying on the expertise of the state’s regional fish biologist, which was Bob Jateff before he retired last year, I used the state’s online resources for fish plants, information and regulations.

Several small lakes were left out of the Fishrapper due to a question of fish survival, size of the water or access.

Those lakes include Albright and Poison, both open year round, in the Limebelt west of Riverside.

Lahontan cutthroat fry were planted in September in Albright (375) and Poison (125). Albright was last planted in 2009.

The 8-acre Beaver Lake off Loup Loup Pass, which is open year round, was planted with 500 cutthroat fingerlings in September.

Cougar Lake, a 9-acre lake four miles east of Winthrop with split seasons, was planted with 350 legal rainbows in May and 1,000 fingerlings in June last year after a winter kill. Cougar is open April 1 to Aug. 31 for catch-and-release (fish of 12-13 inches) with selective gear rules. The lake is open under statewide rules Sept. 1 to March 31.

Doheny Lake, located a mile south of Schalow Pond in the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area, was not planted by the state last year. There are past reports of bass and trout in the lake.

The 6-acre Hess Lake off the Conconully Highway, which is on private land and open year round, received 750 fingerlings in May. Access is from a road next to the lake, which boots out 10- to 12-inch fish.

The 2-acre Hunsinger Lake, three miles west of Omak off the Conconully Highway and on state land was planted with cutthroat in 2012, which will enter the fishery this year.

Mary Ann Lake in the Chesaw Wildlife Area along Mary Anne Creek holds a few brook trout in the 8- to 10-inch range.

Mission Lake, a spring-fed, 4-acre lake six miles west of Carlton off Libby Creek Road, was planted with 200 cutthroat fingerlings in September. The lake, which has some brookies, offers fair fishing in the 6- to 8-inch range.

There was no plant information for Sullivan and Thompson ponds near Winthrop due low water volume.

Turner Lake on Forest Service land near Tonasket was last planted in 2009.

Al Camp is the sports editor for The Chronicle. Email him at sports@omakchronicle.com.

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