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FISH AND GAME: TWO GOOSE LAKE TRIBUTARIES MAY SOON BE CLOSED TO ANGLING

 FISH AND GAME: TWO GOOSE LAKE TRIBUTARIES
 MAY SOON BE CLOSED TO ANGLING
 SACRAMENTO, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- To protect the only known California populations of redband trout, an emergency ban on fishing in two major Goose Lake tributaries in Modoc County is proposed to take effect on Oct. 3 and continue through 1993, the Department of Fish and Game reported today.
 The Fish and Game Commission will vote on the emergency closure proposal during a scheduled public meeting Oct. 2 in Carpinteria. The ban is recommended by the Department of Fish and Game.
 The only known California populations of redband trout live in Goose Lake and its two main tributaries, Lassen and Willow creeks. Drought conditions are the chief reason for the proposed ban.
 According to Fish and Game, Lassen and Willow creeks and their feeder streams constitute sanctuaries for Goose Lake redband trout when waters of the drought-stricken lake recede, as they now have. Currently, the department reported, there are no populations of redband trout still in Goose Lake.
 Fishing season in the two creeks typically runs from the Saturday preceding Memorial Day to Nov. 15 each year.
 Fishing activities usually increase in the area when Zone X3b deer hunters open the hunting season there. This year, deer hunting season in X3b opens on Oct. 3 and closes on Oct. 18.
 Thus, the effective date of the proposed angling ban on the Goose Lake tributaries would coincide with the opening day of deer hunting season in X3b, Oct. 3.
 Lassen and Willow creeks originate in deer hunting district X3b and drain into Goose Lake, which is located in district X2.
 The closure has the support of several local conservation groups and governmental agencies, including, but not limited to, the Goose Lake Fishes Working Group, Trout Unlimited, Modoc Cattlemen's Association, Modoc County Board of Supervisors, California Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
 The ban would be in effect throughout the rest of 1992 and through the two tributaries' 1993 fishing season.
 The commission will meet on Oct. 2 in the City Council Chambers at 5775 Carpinteria Ave. in Carpinteria. The public meeting is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m. Oral or written testimony will be received on this matter at the meeting. Written input may be submitted to the Fish and Game Commission, 1416 Ninth St., Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090.
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 /CONTACT: Mary L. Gale, assistant director for public affairs,


916-653-6420; or Lanny Clavecilla, information officer, 916-654-5776, both of the Department of Fish and Game/ CO: California Department of Fish and Game ST: California IN: SU:

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