On May 24, 2013, the ISRP received a request from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to review the Lake Roosevelt Kokanee - Comprehensive Management Plan (2010) prepared by the co-managers of Lake Roosevelt: the Spokane Tribe of Indians (STOI), Colville Confederated Tribes, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Development of the management plan document was a requirement included in Council recommendations responding to a number of ISRP reviews. The ISRP’s most recently evaluated the Lake Roosevelt fishery management projects in the Resident Fish, Data Management, and Regional Coordination Category Reviews (see ISRP 2012-6). In response to the ISRP’s review, on July 10, 2012, the Council recommended that the sponsors develop and submit“a Kokanee Plan for Lake Roosevelt with partners WDFW (1991-047-00) and STOI (1991-046-00 and 1994-043-00) called for in the current ISRP Review and the previous ISRP Review Document 2009-16. Final plan to be submitted by March 2013 to inform implementation in 2014 and beyond.”
The ISRP finds that the Lake Roosevelt Kokanee Management Plan does not meet scientific review criteria. The Plan does not adequately address the ISRP qualifications recommended in previous reviews including the 2009 review (ISRP 2009-16) of the Lake Roosevelt Kokanee Guiding Document or those from the recent resident fish review (ISRP 2012-6; projects 1991-043, 1991-046, and 1991-047). Additionally, the sponsors did not show a reasonable or realistic path for achieving the kokanee goals within the six to ten year period specified in the plan. Areas where the plan needs improvement are described in the ISRP’s full memo.