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Originally published Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 6:55 PM

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Area lakes get stocked with loads full of trout

Some local year-round lakes are blossoming early for spring trout fishing. "We've already stocked fish in three lakes, and have a plan to...

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Seattle native and lifelong angler Mark Yuasa blogs on fishing in the Pacific Northwest.

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Some local year-round lakes are blossoming early for spring trout fishing.

"We've already stocked fish in three lakes, and have a plan to stock about 97,000 more trout this month," said Justin Spinelli, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

In Snohomish County, Gissburg Pond received 2,000 trout last week; Lake Ketchum, 2,000; and Martha Lake (Warm Beach), 3,000. In Island County, Lone Lake got 1,500.

In Kitsap County, Kitsap Lake received 4,952. In Mason County, Lake Kokanee was planted with 3,589; and Nahwatzel Lake got 5,497.

"We've got many other lakes getting a good allotment of trout, and Green Lake (in North Seattle) will be stocked heavily with trout," Spinelli said.

Lakes on tap for trout plants are Cranberry Lake in Island County; Alice, Angle, Beaver in Sammamish, Meridian, Rattlesnake and Sawyer in King County; Ballinger, Blackman's, Cassidy, Chain, Flowing, Loma, Lost (Devils Lake) in Maltby, Panther, Shoecraft, Silver and Tye in Snohomish County.

Goodwin and Roesiger lakes also were stocked Dec. 4 with trout averaging 4 inches long, and all should grow to legal size (about 8 inches) by spring and summer.

"Kokanee fishing should start turning on pretty soon in Angle, Stevens, Cavanaugh and Samish lakes," Spinelli said. "Folks can start looking for warm-water species. Yellow perch start spawning in late March, and will be schooling at shallower depths (10 to 15 feet).

"Water temperatures are still cold enough, but that won't alter them from feeding, and some species should already be eating regularly to help build up their energy for spawning."

State Fish and Wildlife updates its weekly trout catch reports in the middle of each week, although some of the stocking in lakes occurs on Thursdays and Fridays. For details, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html.

The traditional statewide lowland-lakes trout opener is April 27.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or myuasa@seattletimes.com

Fishing report
Location Comment
Marine areas Fair for hatchery chinook in Strait of Juan de Fuca at Sekiu, Protection Island, Port Angeles and Freshwater Bay. In San Juan Islands, try Thompson Point, Thatcher Pass, Spring Pass, Rosario Strait and Salmon Bank. Slow to fair for chinook at Misery Point in Hood Canal, but slow in Tacoma area, Possession Bar, Point No Point, Saratoga Pass and Port Townsend area. Next tentative coastal razor clam morning digs are March 28 and March 31 at Twin Harbors; March 29-30 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 3 stars

Statewide rivers Slow to fair for spring chinook in the Lower Columbia near Kalama and Vancouver. Water levels remain low with decent clarity. Spring chinook fishing is open from Beacon Rock downstream, and bank angling is open from Beacon Rock to boundary below Bonneville Dam. Through Sunday, an estimated 12,403 angler trips were made below Bonneville with 180 spring chinook caught and 58 released, and 75.6 percent were hatchery-marked fish.
Biting: Yes/No

Rating: 2 stars

Eastside lakes Upper Caliche, Martha, Quincy, Burke, Dusty, Lenice and Nunnally lakes were fair to good for trout. Improved for trout at Rufus Woods Reservoir. Fair to good for lake trout at Lake Chelan. Roses Lake is fair for trout. Potholes Reservoir is fair to good for trout and walleye.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 3 stars

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