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Anglers enjoy success on trout opener | Outdoors

The statewide lowland lakes trout fishing opener on Saturday generated good success, and anglers seemed very happy with the quality of the...

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

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The statewide lowland lakes trout fishing opener on Saturday generated good success, and anglers seemed very happy with the quality of the fish.

"All had indicated good satisfaction, and our effort with creating a better quality, larger-size fish has paid off and the anglers appreciated that," said Annette Hoffman, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Mill Creek.

Over the past two years, state fisheries managers devised a cost-effective way to increase the average size of planted hatchery trout from 7 to 9 inches to 10 to 12 inches.

"This year seemed pretty darn rosy, and I haven't seen any poor-performing lakes," Hoffman said. "We had a lot of success, and saw a lot of (five-fish daily) limits everywhere in our region."

According to Mike Scharpf, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist from Grays Harbor County, trout fishing overall was not bad, although the weather turned cool and rainy near the south-central coast after 10 a.m.

In Eastern Washington, Chad Jackson, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Ephrata, reported good fishing but by mid-morning the sustained winds at Warden and Blue lakes were 15 to 20 mph, and that was hard on the shore and boat anglers.

"Catch rates were good and the fish were big," Jackson said. "Overall fishing was very good for mostly 11-inch yearling trout (at Warden). Trout 16 to 20 inches were also recorded in the catch."

Fish checks

King County: Wilderness, 94 anglers caught 128 fish for 1.4 fish kept; Steel, 44 caught 87 for 2.0; Margaret, 60 with 107 for 1.8 (10 percent of catch averaged 15 inches); Cottage, 70 with 94 for 1.3; Walker, 22 with 74 for 3.4; Geneva, 34 with 106 for 3.1; Pine, 33 with 105 for 3.2; and North, 34 with 155 for 4.6.

Skagit County: Erie, 67 with 305 for 4.6; Heart, 97 with 328 for 3.4; and McMurray, 75 with 266 for 3.5.

Snohomish County: Armstrong, 23 with 67 for 2.9 (largest fish was 18.5 inches and many limits); Stickney, 16 with 54 for 3.4 (largest fish was 14.5 inches with many limits); Ki, 53 with 302 for 5.7 (many limits); Serene, 25 with 76 for 3.0 (10 percent of the catch averaged 15 inches and success rate was good); Echo, 18 with 56 for 3.1; Wagner, 12 with 52 for 4.3 (fish in great condition with many limits); Bosworth, 26 with 78 for 3.0 (many limits); and Martha at Alderwood Manor, 28 with 126 for 4.5 (largest fish was 18 inches).

Whatcom County: Toad, 69 with 175 for 2.5; Silver, 149 with 451 for 3.0 (average size 10-14 inches); Cain, 37 with 147 for 4.0; and Padden, 79 with 265 for 3.4.

Grays Harbor County: Aberdeen, 63 with 155 for 2.5 (derby winner was 7 pounds); Failor, 32 with 64 for 2.0 (largest fish was 22 inches); Sylvia, 16 with 41 for 2.6 (largest fish was 22 inches); Vance Pond 1, 112 with 202 for 1.8 (derby winner was a 7-year old and fish weighed 7 pounds, and longest fish was 25 inches); and Vance Pond 2, 70 with 99 for 1.4 (largest was 24.5 inches).

Pacific County: Black, 45 with 146 for 3.2 (largest fish was 4 pounds, and vegetation control improved fishing conditions from shore).

Mason County: Stump, 42 with 35 for 0.8 (one rainbow trout was 23.5 inches).

Grant County: Warden, 65 with 232 for 3.6; Blue, 36 with 129 for 3.6; Park, 76 with 184 for 2.4; Deep, 91 with 343 for 3.8; Perch, seven with 25 for 3.6; and Vic Meyers, eight with 31 for 3.9.

Spokane County: 61 with 124 for 2.0; Clear, 22 with 85 for 3.9; Fish, 52 with 137 for 2.6; Williams, 78 with 330 for 4.2; and West Medical, 114 with 477 for 4.2.

Lincoln County: Fishtrap, 37 with 161 for 4.4.

Lewis County: Plummer, 23 with 24 for 1.04; Carlisle, 37 with 75 for 2.0; Fort Borst Pond, 59 with 91 for 1.5; and Mineral, 67 with 171 for 2.6 (largest trout was about 10 pounds).

Skamania County: Kidney, 45 with 141 for 3.1; and Swift Reservoir, 25 with 109 for 4.4.

Klickitat County: Spearfish, 35 with 151 for 4.3; Rowland, 51 with 162 for 3.2; and Horsethief, 51 with 115 for 2.2.

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

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