OUTCRY – Chapman Lake, a popular trout, kokanee and spiny ray fishing lake south of Cheney, may not reopen for public access this season.
The family-operated Chapman Lake Resort did not open gates last year for the first time in decades.
“We’re working with the private landowner to try to reach an agreement to get access into the lake, but these things move slowly,” said Chris Donley, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife lowland lakes manager.
“We won’t be stocking any big trout in the lake this year without an agreement, but we’ll stock kokanee regardless. It’s low cost to stock the fry.
“We don’t want to lose a year-class of fish. It’s difficult to get the population started again if you do that.
“We’ll spend a little state money now; then if we get the public access back, we’ll still have a kokanee fishery.”