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Thousands of reason to go trout fishing

“We’re stocking several waters this month, and we’ve got lots of fish coming into these lakes,” said Justin Spinelli, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.


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Trout anglers can get a jump start on some early spring fishing.

“We’re stocking several waters this month, and we’ve got lots of fish coming into these lakes,” said Justin Spinelli, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “We should be done pretty close to the third week of March.”

King County: Green received 10,050 on Monday and 7,400 on March 4; Alice, 1,124 on March 4; Meridian, 10,000 on March 4; and Rattlesnake, 2,470 on Monday.

Jefferson County: Gibbs received 740 on Monday; Horseshoe, 260 on Monday; and Teal, 300 on Monday.

Kitsap County: Kitsap received 4,828 on March 8.

Mason County: Kokanee received 3,000 on March 3; Lost, 100 on Monday; Nahwatzel, 5,360 on March 4; and Spencer, 200 on Monday.

Pierce County: Kapowsin received 20,050 on Monday.

Snohomish County: Ballinger received 6,488 on Tuesday; Blackmans, 3,949 on March 4-5; Flowing, 6,035 on Tuesday; Loma, 1,713 on Wednesday; Martha (Warm Beach), 2,800 on Wednesday; Silver, 6,025 on Wednesday; Tye, 1,523 on March 4; and Chain, 2,000 on Tuesday. Gissburg Ponds is also expected to receive a plant very soon.

Thurston County: Lawrence received 5,500 on Tuesday and 4,575 on Wednesday; and Offutt, 430 on March 7.

“We’ve got other lakes getting a good allotment of trout,” Spinelli said. “The South King County lakes will be stocked by the end of (this coming) week.”

State Fish and Wildlife regularly updates its weekly trout catch reports. For details, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html

The traditional statewide lowland-lakes trout opener is April 26.

“Hatcheries will begin working soon on planting opening-day (lowland) lakes, and logistically we’ve got more fish to stock this year,” Spinelli said.

Puget Sound smelt up for debate

State Fish and Wildlife is looking at ways to boost protection for Puget Sound smelt that have waned dramatically in recent years. The options being considered:

No change: Under current regulations, commercial fishing for smelt in Puget Sound is open from 8 a.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Friday during seasonal openings.

Sport smelt fishing is open year-round, except in Hood Canal where it is closed. The use of dip-nets is allowed from 8 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Wednesday. Jig gear can be used daily.

Reduce commercial and sport: Commercial fishing would be closed on Sunday, and open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday only during seasonal openings in each area. Inactive commercial smelt fisheries, including dip bag and purse seine, which have not been in use for at least 10 years, would be closed.

Sport fishing would be closed overnight except for the use of jig gear, which could be used daily. Dip-nets would be allowed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Tuesday.

Close commercial and reduce sport: All commercial fishing for smelt in Puget Sound would be closed.

Sport fishing would be closed overnight except for the use of jig gear, which could be used daily. Dip-nets would be allowed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Tuesday.

State Fish and Wildlife will have a public meeting 6-8 p.m. March 21 at the Mill Creek Office.

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will take public input at an April meeting in Olympia. Written comment will be accepted through May 30 at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/smelt/

A decision will probably be determined in June.



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