Lake trout plantings good news for anglers
Once the wind and rain fade away, the outlook will be bright for many fishing activities. More than 250,000 trout averaging 10 to 12 inches...
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle native and lifelong angler Mark Yuasa blogs on fishing in the Pacific Northwest.
Once the wind and rain fade away, the outlook will be bright for many fishing activities.
More than 250,000 trout averaging 10 to 12 inches are being planted this month in 47 year-round Western Washington lakes.
"We've got a lot of fishing going on right now, and many of the local lakes have been planted with trout and will offer some decent spring fishing," said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted's Sports Center in Lynnwood.
In King County, Green Lake was planted with 17,400 trout, Alice 1,200, Beaver 7,000, Meridian 10,000 and Sawyer, 1,500. In Island County, Cranberry received 6,500 and Lone 3,000.
In Snohomish County, Ballinger got 1,200, Blackmans 4,000, Cassidy 4,000, Ketchum 2,000, Loma 1,700, Lost (Devil's) 1,100, Panther 1,500, Shorecraft 5,000 and Silver 6,000. In Thurston County, Black was planted with a whopping 25,000 trout.
Lake Goodwin didn't get a plant of trout, but has been fair to good for carry-over trout. Riffe Lake in Southwest Washington is decent for landlocked coho salmon averaging 11 to 13 inches.
In Eastern Washington, anglers trolling in Lake Chelan have been catching some nice kokanee in the 14- to 17-inch range.
Upper Caliche, Martha, Quincy, Burke, Dusty, Lenice and Nunnally lakes remain fair to good for trout. Rufus Woods Reservoir is improved, and Roses Lake in Chelan County should be a good bet for trout. The Potholes Reservoir is good for trout and walleye.
Hundreds of other year-round lakes have or soon will be planted. For the latest details, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/. The statewide lowland-lakes trout opener is April 27.
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