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Anglers find trout aplenty on opening day

Happy faces and oodles of trout summed the day for the vast majority of anglers who turned out for Saturday’s statewide lowland lakes trout fishing season opener.


Seattle Times staff reporter

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Happy faces and oodles of trout summed the day for the vast majority of anglers who turned out for Saturday’s statewide lowland lakes trout fishing season opener.

While the weather in the Puget Sound region started off with early-morning showers and breezy conditions, the sun eventually broke out between the clouds and gave way to much warmer temperatures.

The somewhat brisk, wet weather didn’t stop 76-year-old Yvonne Osborne of Woodinville, who donned a brown fur coat to brush away the morning chill at Cottage Lake in northern King County.

This was the fourth year in a row that Osborne, along with her 58-year-old fishing pal Marty Boyd of Lynnwood, turned out at 6 a.m. for opening day on the Cottage Lake pier to try their luck and found the fish willing to bite.

“It was a good opener, much better than last year, and we each got our (five-trout daily) limit by 9:30 a.m. using Power Bait,” said Boyd, who grew up near Cottage, and once worked at the defunct Norm’s Resort where rows of rental boats used to line the lake’s shoreline. “One fish Yvonne got was a big 14-inch carryover trout.”

During the past few years, state fisheries managers found a cost-effective way to increase the average size of planted hatchery trout from 7 to 9 inches to 10 to 12 inches, much to the satisfaction of anglers interviewed on the opener.

Another bonus was the increase of cutthroat trout in creel checks at Cottage, Margaret and Goss lakes. These fish were planted as fry last year, and have grown to catchable-size fish.

“I did see the cutthroat appearing in catches from our plants last year, and that is a nice diversity each lake has to offer,” said Justin Spinelli, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist who was at Goss Lake on Whidbey Island for opening day.

“Everyone got fish, and I’d say about 80 percent of the anglers were catching their limits,” Spinelli said.

Chris Donley, the state Fish and Wildlife inland fish manager in Spokane, was at Horsethief Lake in Klickitat County, and said fishing was good.

“The whole Gorge area lakes were fishing well on the opener,” Donley said. “Turnout was better than what we had seen in previous seasons too.”

In the Columbia Basin, Chad Jackson, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Ephrata, reported sunny weather, mild temperatures, light winds and decent fishing.

The average size of trout at Park Lake was 11 ½ to 12 ½ inches, and also included a 22-inch brown trout. Deep Lake anglers saw trout in the 11- to 13-inch range along with some carryover trout up to 19 inches.

More than 16.5 million trout were planted into lakes, and that should offer good fishing well into spring and early summer.

Fish checks

King County: Cottage, 56 anglers with 141 trout for 2.5 fish kept per rod; Geneva, 37 with 122 for 3.2; Langlois, 51 with 211 for 4.1; Margaret, 13 with 53 for 4.0; North, 60 with 251 for 4.1; Pine, 82 with 276 for 3.3; Steel, 53 with 225 for 4.2; Walker, 50 with 94 for 1.8; and Wilderness, 58 with 60 for 1.03.

Pierce County: Bay, 71 anglers with 216 trout for 3.0 fish kept per rod; Carney, 23 with 79 for 3.4; Clear, 78 with 255 for 3.3; Crescent, 34 with 89 for 2.6; Rapjohn, 47 with 168 for 3.6; Ohop, 60 with 102 for 1.7; Silver, 48 with 131 for 2.7; and Tanwax, 56 with 159 for 2.8.

Thurston County: Clear, 111 anglers with 344 trout for 3.1 fish kept per rod; Deep, 55 with 179 for 3.3; Hicks, 44 with 141 for 3.2; Long, 50 with 106 for 2.1; McIntosh, 64 with 143 for 2.2; Pattison, 42 with 143 for 3.4; Summit, 52 with 129 for 2.5; and Ward, 55 with 181 for 3.3.

Grant County: Warden, 91 anglers with 383 trout for 4.2 fish kept per rod; Blue, 74 with 234 for 3.2; Park, 108 with 285 for 2.6; and Deep, 62 with 200 for 3.2.

Okanogan County: Alta, 99 anglers with 214 trout for 2.1 fish kept per rod; Pearrygin, 36 with 107 for 2.9; Conconully Lake, 59 with 201 for 3.4; Conconully Reservoir, 36 with 109 for 3.0; and Fish, 49 with 90 for 1.8.

Island County: Deer, 24 anglers with 79 trout for 3.2 fish kept per rod; Goss, 56 with 17 for 3.2.

Skagit County: Erie, 46 with 121 for 2.6; Heart, 68 with 178 for 2.6; and McMurray, 47 with 108 for 2.2.

Snohomish County: Armstrong, 31 with 26 for 0.8; Crabapple, 10 with 19 for 1.9; Echo, 37 with 110 for 2.9; Howard, 64 with 78 for 1.2; Ki, 51 with 152 for 2.9; Martha (Alderwood Manor), 52 with 169 for 3.2; Riley, 30 with 93 for 3.1; Serene, 24 with 44 for 1.8; Sixteen, 68 with 220 for 3.2; Stickney, 14 with 26 for 1.8; Storm, 20 with 87 for 4.3; and Wagner, 11 with 29 for 2.6.

Whatcom County: Cain, 41 with 175 for 4.2; Padden, 43 with 174 for 4.0; Silver, 162 with 527 for 3.2; and Toad, 47 with 136 for 2.8.

Grays Harbor County: Aberdeen, 53 with 144 for 2.6; Failor, 87 with 205 for 2.4; Sylvia, 20 with 44 for 2.2; Vance 1, 89 with 105 for 1.2; and Vance 2, 50 with 88 for 1.8.

Pacific County: Black, 36 with 107 for 3.0.

Lewis County: Plummer, 18 with 21 for 1.2; Carlisle, 52 with 48 for 0.9; Fort Borst, 39 with 61 for 1.6; and Mineral, 123 with 317 for 2.6.

Klickitat County: Spearfish, 36 with 86 for 2.4; Rowland, 71 with 200 for 2.8; Horsethief, 51 with 200 for 2.0; and Kidney, 40 with 88 for 2.1.



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