Rewind: Chat with state fisheries experts Chris Donley, Aaron Bosworth and Danny Garrett
Want to know where the trout are biting for the statewide opening day of lowland lake fishing season on April 28? How about tips on how to catch them? Or which lakes are getting the bonus jumbo-sized trout to boost anglers chances of catching the "big one?"
Seattle Times fishing reporter Mark Yuasa, state Fish and Wildlife inland fish program manager Chris Donley, who has been with the department for 18 years, state Fish and Wildlife biologist Aaron Bosworth and warmwater fisheries biologist Danny Garrett from the Mill Creek regional office talked about opening day and more on April 23.
State Fish and Wildlife predicts close to 300,000 anglers will head out opening weekend alone to try their luck at catching more than 3 million planted trout.
Add to that about 10 million trout and kokanee fry (2 to 3 inches) stocked last spring and fall, which should have grown to 8 to 12 inches, and you've got a ton of fish waiting to be hooked in more than 7,000 lakes and 200-plus reservoirs.