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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 25, 2009 at 7:54 PM

Trout opener on the cold side, but fishing is a blast


The opening day fishing gala started off with cold and drizzly weather statewide, but depending on what lake you went to many anglers enjoyed a great day on the water.

State Fish and Wildlife creel samplers noted that because of the chilly weather and possibly a coastal razor clam opener were two reasons of why the crowds at lakes were down.

The good news is that leaves plenty of fish left in lakes to catch in the coming weeks!

Department staff and volunteers reported checking 5,410 anglers with 12,497 trout from 121 lakes statewide. Anglers checked statewide averaged 2.3 trout per fisherman.

The top ten lakes for angler success were: Spokane County’s Williams lake; Horseshoe and Island lakes in Kitsap County; Okanogan County’s Pearrygin Lake; Skagit County’s Erie Lake; Ward Lake in Thurston County; King County’s Steel Lake; Snohomish County’s Howard Lake; Silver Lake in Whatcom County; and Cedar Lake in Stevens County.

Here is what biologists and creel surveyors reported for their regions along with the fish checks below:

Fish Program Manager John Whalen noted weather conditions in the early morning were cool, but clear, with light wind for eastern Washington. A light rain in the Spokane area began around noon. Fishing effort was strong at the lakes checked around the Spokane area, and also in southern Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, as angler numbers observed during 8 A.M. and Noon pressure counts remained consistent or increased in to the early afternoon. For lakes checked in Districts 1 and 2, the top average for the number of fish per angler checked, was observed at Williams Lake in Spokane County, with 5 fish per angler checked. Other top producers in Region 1 included Badger Lake (3.9), Fish Lake (3.6), Cedar Lake (3.95) and Deep Lake (3.7).

Jeff Korth reported a good opening day in Central Washington, but effort was a little low due to the effects of the wind on the boat anglers, keeping their catches on the low side. The weather was warm (50 degrees plus), clear, and sunny. Water temperatures were from 48-50° F. Overall angler participation was up from last year, but the wind kept boater participation lower than usual, and probably depressed catch rates on the bigger lakes. At the large lakes such as Warden, Park and Blue, the Westside versus Eastside participation was back to usual, with 55% of the anglers coming from western Washington, and providing a needed economic stimulus for the region.

Art Viola called in from the Chelan. Nice sunny weather, but windy (50-60 F). Unfortunately, the previous month’s persistent cold weather, snow, mud covered roads and iced covered lakes precluded fish stocking at Beehive and Spring Hill reservoirs. Lack of technical help 2009 allowed the survey of only Wapato and Clear lakes. Early in the morning effort at Wapato Lake was similar to the past 6 years but many anglers left early because of cold windy conditions. The catch per angler was much improved compared to 2008. All fish were healthy and robust; yearlings were 13- 14 inches in length. Evidential, the 2008 fry survival and growth was good. Catch proportions were 4.3% carryovers, 92.1% yearlings and 3.6% carryover triploid rainbows. Effort at Clear Lake was up about 20% compared to past years but the wind drove many fishermen off the lake early. The largest fish seen at Clear Lake were four 18-inch rainbows. The rest of the trout caught were very small 9 -10 inches. Anglers were excited about the larger fish but much complaining was heard about the overall small size of the fish stocked.

Bob Jateff reported that the weather was a little unsettled, but there was a pretty good turnout for most of the lakes in Okanogan County. Catch rates were very good at Pearrygin, Conconully Lake and Reservoir, Leader and Alta. Selective gear waters, such as Big Twin and Blue (Sinlahekin) produced good fishing for those who could stand the wind and occasional rain. Catch rates were down at Jameson as was turnout, but should pick up in the coming weeks and he expects fishing to improve considerably there.

Chad Jackson reported from the south half of WDFW’s Region 4 that the morning’s weather was cloudy, drizzly at some lakes, and cold. Rattlesnake Lake was 20 degrees with wind chill and on the verge of snowing! Angler effort was ‘way down, and he thought that memories of last year’s Opening Day might have kept some from participating. Catches were slow in the early morning, and seemed to pick up from 10 a.m. to noon, when the sun began to come out. Boat anglers were generally more successful than shore anglers. There were high numbers of carry-overs harvested out of Langlois Lake. Several anglers reported that the fish didn’t bite too well at some lakes, and thought it was related to water temperatures. They kept at it, figuring that fishing would pick up later in the day.

John Weinheimer noted that in WDFW Region 5 they had overall cold and gray skies, very windy in some places. As in past years we saw a lot of catch and release fishing, and quite a number of people were happy with 2 fish each and didn’t stay for their limits. Overall people seemed to be having good time in spite of the weather. Fishing is expected to improve as water temperatures increase, and people are encouraged to keep fishing. John did note that he checked a nice Tom Turkey at Rowland Lake, with an 8-inch beard, which was a nice ‘extra.’

A combination of catchables, ‘jumbos’, and triploids resulted in a good mix of fish size in each creel, a few 14-17″ mixed with catchable size (9-11″) in south Puget Sound area lakes. Lakewood Hatchery specialist Jim Jenkins notes that WDFW rears the “jumbo’ rainbow trout at Eells Springs and Lakewood fish hatcheries in earthen ponds, and release them at 15-to-18 inches in length. These fat, 1-1/2 to two-pound fish provide some of the better quality fishing in Mason, Pierce and Thurston Counties. WDFW Area fish biologist Mike Scharpf noted that Pierce County anglers were really impressed with these fish.

In Thurston County, Larry Phillips reported that, with a couple of exceptions anglers fishing Thurston Co. Lake had very good fishing today. The quantity and quality of this year’s fish were very good, thanks to the hatchery staff at Lakewood and Eells Springs fish hatcheries. There were no real surprises this year with the exception of Deep Lake. Deep Lake was surveyed by former WDFW biologist Chuck Baranski who saw few catchable size fish in the creel. The lake was stocked in late March, and we have observed that catchable trout suffer significant mortality when stocked too far ahead of the opener. The survey at Summit Lake documented a good contribution from the 2008 fry plants. Based on a small sample size it appears that the fry comprised between 30-40% of all catchable length fish observed. Carryover rates were also very good relative to previous years. Of the 59 fish caught that were greater than 14 inches, 19 were carryovers. Also, five kokanee were caught, with the largest being 11″. This year’s kokanee fishery will likely be poor due to the fry shortage in 2007. High grading was also an issue with many anglers at Summit, Pattison, and McIntosh reported catching many fish that were too small. The message we continue to hear from anglers is “more large fish.”

WDFW Area fish biologist Rick Ereth reported on the nice fish in Grays Harbor County. The Elma Game Club raises 4-to-6 pound “quality” rainbows at Satsop Springs, which add to the mix of WDFW catchables, beautiful “jumbos”, and the triploids. Failor Lake had fair angling. A 6-½ pound rainbow won the Derby there. Anglers did all right at Aberdeen Lake as well, with the largest fish checked this morning being a 26-inch quality rainbow. Kim Figlar-Barnes called in from the Vance Creek ponds near Elma, where the water had cleared significantly from the brown and muddy from the previous winter’s floods. At Lake Sylvia, numbers of anglers were down from last year, partly due to the razor clam opening this morning. WDFW sampler Brian Berry reported watching a smiling 4-year old girl running up the bank toward her folks in the parking lot, holding her fishing pole with her trout following behind. Curt Holt called in from Pacific County, where the largest rainbow caught in Black Lake at the City of Ilwaco Derby weighed in at 3 pounds.

Elma Game Club Derby winners reported from Vance Creek Pond #1 included: In the 0-7 year age group, Elizabeth Disken caught a 6 lb, 13 oz rainbow; in the 8-15 year group, Justin Franz caught a 7 lb, 15 oz trout; in the 16-60 age group, Jesse Hayes caught a 6 lb, 8 oz fish, and in the over-60 group, Jerry McKinney caught a 1 lb, 15 oz ‘bow. The Derby at Aberdeen Lake had age 0-4 boys largest fish was 21 inches and 4.86 lbs; Age 0-4 girls largest was 23 inches at 5.24 lbs. Age 5-9 boys’ largest was the 24.5 inch, 7.39 lbs rainbow; age 5-9 girls caught a 23 inch, 5.95 lb fish. Age 10-14 boys’ largest was 22.75″ and 5.94 lbs, the 10-14 year old girls’ biggest trout was 24 inches and 5.82 pounds.


Thom Johnson called in with reports for the Olympic Peninsula lakes. We had many volunteers help check anglers this season; special thanks to Bremerton Sportsmen’s Club, Freshies and Salties, Port Ludlow Fly-fishers, Kitsap Fly Anglers, PSA East Jefferson, PSA North Kitsap, and PSA South Sound. Overall, fishing was good with a good mix of catchables, jumbos, triploids, and broodstock in the catch. The highest fish/angler were recorded at Horsehoe (4.9) and Island (4.5), both in Kitsap County. Anderson Lake in Jefferson County, usually a hotspot, was closed due to toxic algae concentrations which posed a high risk to anglers. As usual, effort was fairly low on year-round waters on Opening Day. More triploids will be stocked in May in several waters and anglers can look forward to good fishing thru the spring and early summer.

2009 Opening Day Creel Results

County Water Anglers Checked No.Trout Average Trout Kept/Angler Comments

Chelan Clear Lake 105 305 2.90 Some large carry-over triploid rainbows

Wapato Lake 49 125 2.55 A few 18-inch fish

Douglas Jameson Lake 50 27 0.54 Plus 9 rainbow released. Yearling fish 9-11 inches, triploid rainbow to 16 inches

Ferry Ellen Lake 41 59 1.44 Cold water temperatures, ice just off. Rainbows averaged 9 inches, largest 9.5″

County Water Anglers Checked No. Trout Average Trout Kept/Angler Comments

Grant Blue Lake 93 283 3.04 Fingerling origin 12″ avg; 10% carryovers @ 15.0″ avg

Deep Lake 30 89 2.97 Fingerling origin 13″ avg; 33% “tropy trout” = triploids @ 20.0″ avg

Park Lake 131 376 2.87 Fingerling origin 12″ avg; 10% carryovers @ 15.0″ avg

Perch Lake 27 81 3.00 Fingerling origin 10″ avg; 13% carryovers @ 13.6″ avg

Warden Lake 40 118 2.95 Fingerling origin 13″ avg; 8% carryovers @ 15″ avg; Tiger trout 2 @ 17-20″

Grays Harbor Aberdeen Lake 141 180 1.28 Plus 77 released; total CPUE = 1.8. Catchable avg 8.2 inches; Jumbos avg 16.4″. Largest fish checked was 26″. Largest Derby fish was 7.39 lbs. Rain by 11 a.m. Some anglers needed reminding that they could only keep 2 fish over 15 inches.

Failor Lake – – 1.30 Total CPUE (kept and released) was 2.9. Largest fish checked was a 22-1/4 inch rainbow. The three largest fish in the Derby were a 6.5-pound 24.25 inch rainbow, and two fish at 6.2 pounds each.

Sylvia Lake 35 7 0.20 High angler count – 63 at 10 a.m. Catchables 17 kept & 12 released – avg 8.75″; 2 triploids kept – 15.5″. Although not a lot caught, everyone was happy. Several groups at Lk Sylvia because Aberdeen Lk was crowded.

Vance Creek Pond #1 27 47 1.74 Juvenile-senior-handicapped pond. Cool north breeze; rain held off until 11 a.m. Catchables 4 kept & 3 released – avg 9.5″; Triploids 12 kept – avg 15.5″. Fly-fishers caught-and-released 20 15-inch-plus fish. Elma Game Club ‘quality’ fish 31 kept avg 20.6″. Largest fish at Derby was 7 lb, 15 oz

Vance Creek Pond #2 29 53 1.83 High angler count – 74 at 8am. Catchables 9 kept, 8 released – avg 11.3″; triploids 9 kept – avg 15.4″; game club ‘quality’ fish 35 kept – avg 21.4″. Largest fish checked was 24.5″.

Island Deer Lake 21 60 2.86 Also 51 released. Low effort. Drizzly and cool weather. High count 8am – 50 boat anglers, 27 shore anglers

Goss Lake N/A N/A N/A 10:30 a.m. count of 34 boat anglers & 12 shore anglers. No angler interviews. Highest effort in recent time.

Jefferson Gibbs Lake 3 8 2.67 Year-round, catch and release

Horseshoe Lake N/A Gate closed

Leland Lake 48 7 0.15 Year-round water. Low effort on opening day

Ludlow Lake 24 40 1.67 Lots of jumbo rainbows to 16 inches

Sandy Shore Lake 91 112 1.23 Lots of jumbo rainbows to 16 inches, and brood stock to 20 inches

King Cottage Lake 55 66 1.20 Plus 74 released; total CPUE – 2.5 Effort at 9 a.m. was 66 people in 26 boats and 37 shore anglers. Cutthroat harvested and released. Cold in the morning. Shore angler catch was poor until later.

County Water Anglers Checked No. Trout Average Trout Kept/Angler Comments

King Geneva Lake 35 70 2.00 Plus 62 released; total CPUE – 3.8 8 a.m. effort count of 17 boats with 41 people and 9 shore anglers. Decent sized (9.5-11.5″) trout. Effort way down

Langlois Lake 49 129 2.63 Plus 51 released; total CPUE – 3.7 Effort count at 9 a.m. was 24 boats with 55 anglers. Several large trout checked (14-20″, lots of 16″ fish)

Margaret Lake 74 208 2.81 Plus 280 released!; total CPUE – 6.6 Effort count at 7 a.m. was 100 people in 39 boats and 15 shore anglers. Cutthroat harvested but more were released. Largest fish was 12″. Several anglers started at midnight. Anglers were happy and catch rate was very good.

North Lake 31 108 3.48 Plus 9 released for a total CPUE of 3.8 Effort at 11 a.m. was 22 boats with 39 anglers and 17 fishing from shore.

Pine Lake 98 269 2.74 Plus 193 released; total CPUE = 4.7. Effort at 8am was 95 in 39 boats and 138 shore anglers.

Rattlesnake Lake 48 103 2.15 Plus 117 released; total CPUE – 4.6. 8 am effort was 121 in 84 boats and 5 shore anglers. Very cold (~20F with wind chill) on the verge of snowing. Mostly triploids harvested (15-18″). Anglers very happy.

Steel Lake 31 140 4.52 Plus 11 released; total CPUE – 4.9 8 a.m. effort count of 22 boats with 43 anglers and 51 shore anglers. One 23″ carryover trout harvested by juvenile angler.

Walker Lake 36 103 2.86 Plus 173 released; total CPUE = 7.7 ! 7AM effort count of 15 boats with 31 anglers and 7 on shore. Cutthroat harvested and released.

Wilderness Lake 121 339 2.80 Plus 112 released; total CPUE – 3.7. 8AM effort was 156 boats with 190 people and 127 shore anglers. Carry-overs up to 20″

Kitsap Buck Lake 21 19 0.90 Good mix of catchables and jumbos

Horseshoe Lake 24 117 4.88 Highest fish/angler w/ some jumbos

Island Lake 10 45 4.50 All catchables; triploids to be stocked in May

Kitsap Lake 9 3 0.33 YR, low effort on Opening Day; triploids to be stocked in May

Mission Lake 39 138 3.54 Good mix of catchables and jumbos

Panther Lake 42 99 2.36 Good mix of catchables and triploids

Wildcat Lake 36 126 3.50 Good mix of catchables and jumbos, 3 coho 14-15″

Wye Lake 35 51 1.46 Mostly catchables w/ some broodstock to 20″

Klickitat Rowland Lake 43 135 3.14 Plus 107 released for total 5.6 fish/angler. 3 broodstock and 27 triploids checked. Very cold and windy, overcast. Also checked one tom turkey, about 8.5 ” beard! Quite a few kids with adults. People having fun in spite of weather.

County Water Anglers Checked No. Trout Average Trout Kept/Angler Comments

Klickitat Spearfish Lake 62 107 1.73 Plus 20 released for 2.04/fish angler total. Checked 9 broodstock, largest 27″. Very heavy Gorge winds made fishing very tough and no boats able to fish.

Lewis Carlisle Lake 66 63 0.95 Plus 121 released for total 2.8 fish/angler. 61 triploids. Very popular.

Fort Borst Park Pond 41 92 2.24 Plus 69 released for total 3.8 fish/angler. 35 triploids checked. Cold weather, kid’s having a lot of fun, (juvenile only water).

Mineral Lake 81 137 1.69 Plus 143 released = 3.5 fish/angler. 15 broodstock checked, 46 triploids. Largest fish was 10.2 lbs, several 9 lbs. Lake was crowded, weather was overcast.

Plummer Lake 3 9 3.00 Very low turnout. At 8am 1 boat, noon 5 boats, no bank anglers at either time.

Lincoln Fishtrap Lake 30 47 1.57 Largest fish was a 23 inch rainbow

Mason Aldrich Lake 8 16 2.00 Mostly catchables, some jumbos and broodstock

Benson Lake 90 186 2.07 Good mix of catchables and triploids

Cady Lake 1 0 N/A Year-Round water, low effort on Opening Day, catch-and-release

Clara (Don) Lake 17 56 3.29 Mostly catchables

Devereaux Lake 48 20 0.42 Slow, broodstock to 24″, some carryovers

Haven Lake 46 110 2.39 Good showing of fry-origin RB, triploids to 17″

Howell Lake 17 18 1.06 Good mix of catchables and jumbos

Lost Lake 19 36 1.89 30 anglers at 8 a.m. Largest fish was 17 inches. Weeather variable, cool, showers. Expect lake to do better when water warms up.

Maggie Lake 51 87 1.71 Good mix of catchables and jumbos, broodstock to 22″

Nahwatzel Lake 35 5 0.14 Plus 5 released for total CPUE of 0.28. Largest cutthroat – 15″, largest rainbow – 13.5″. Dropping barometer, windy and choppy. People leaving for Stump Lake. High count of 19 at 8:30.

Phillips Lake 65 58 0.89 Slow, mix of catchables and jumbos

Robbins Lake 22 50 2.27 Good mix of catchables and jumbos

Stump Lake 42 137 3.26 Plus 29 trout released for total CPUE of 4.0. High count at 7:45 was 59 – all boaters but one. Largest fish checked was 24 inches. Cool and showers early, fishing rated as excellent – very satisfied anglers.

Tee Lake 4 5 1.25 All catchables; triploids to be stocked in May

Tiger Lake 104 123 1.18 Good mix of catchables and jumbos

Trails End Lake 0 – – Year-Round water, low effort on Opening Day

Twins Lake 2 0 0.00 Low effort, all fish released

Wildberry Lake 1 3 3.00 All catchables

Wood Lake 13 40 3.08 Good mix of catchables and jumbos

County Water Anglers Checked No. Trout Average Trout Kept/Angler Comments

Mason Wooten Lake 61 114 1.87 Good mix of catchables and triploids, some fry-orign Rainbow

Okanogan Alta Lake 102 156 1.53 Plus 25 rainbow released. Yearling average 9-11 inches, carryovers to 15 inches. Some larger fish to 17 inches.

Big Twin Lake 4 0 0.00 All 20 rainbows released, 12-16″ average

Blue Lake (Sinlahekin) 15 2 0.13 2 rainbow kept, and 46 released. 12-15 inch average. A few larger rainbow to 18 inches

Conconully Lake 100 376 3.76 Plus 4 rainbow released. Yearling fish 9-12 inches, carryover fish to 15 inches. Triploid rainbow to 16 inches

Conconully Res. 48 83 1.73 Plus 2 rainbows released. Yearling fish 10-12 inches, triploid rainbows to 16 inches

Fish Lake 70 112 1.60 Plus 82 rainbow released, 8-12 inch average size with a higher than normal percentage of fish in the 8-9 inch range.

Leader Lake 20 70 3.50 Rainbows 11-13 inches. Triploid rainbow to 16 inches.

Pearrygin Lake 44 214 4.86 151 rainbow kept / 63 rainbow released. 11-14 inches average. A few brown trout to 14 inches

Pacific Black Lake 27 3 0.11 Cool weather and slow fishing. Angler count down; High count was 96 at 8am. City of Ilwaco Derby fish included a 2-1/2 pounder in the 5-9 year group, and a 3-pound fish caught in the 10-14 age group.

Pend Oreille Diamond Lake 21 44 2.10 Rainbows average 14″, largest was 21.75″. Brown trout average 9.7 inches, largest was 18″

Pierce Bay Lake 71 210 2.96 Good mix of catchables and jumbo rainbow to 17 inches

Clear Lake 89 206 2.31 Kokanee upto 13″, many fish greater than 12, a few greater than 18″.

Ohop Lake 84 182 2.17 Good fishing, a couple catfish in the creel, one happy angler handing out rods to kids who didn’t have one. High effort 246 at 8 am

Rapjohn Lake 33 106 3.21 Happy anglers, most fish greater than 12″, many greater than 16″. Fun watching osprey and bald eagle play. High effort 161 at 8am

Silver Lake 75 58 0.77 Anglers happy to see resort open, one 20″ brown, all rainbow larger than 12″. High effort 160 at 8 am

Spanaway Lake 31 34 1.10 Fishing fair, some fish larger than 12″, cold anglers. High effort was 60 at noon

Tanwax Lake 54 92 1.70 Fishing fair with a few larger than 16″, Anglers who know the lake caugh limits, lots of fish still there. High effort was 266 at 8am

San Juan Cascade Lake 23 72 3.13 Plus 24 released; total CPUE = 4.2. 7 AM effort count – 71

County Water Anglers Checked No. Trout Average Trout Kept/Angler Comments

Skagit Erie Lake 60 287 4.78 Plus 65 released; Total CPUE = 5.9. Peak effort count 168.

Heart Lake 52 192 3.69 Pluse 111 released; total CPUE – 5.8. 7 a.m. effort count = 384

McMurray Lake 56 179 3.20 Plus 56 released; total CPUE – 4.2 7 a.m. effort count – 365. Rain after 8:30 a.m.

Sixteen Lake 57 101 1.77 Plus 9 released; total CPUE – 1.9. Peak effort count – 95

Skamania Little Ash Lake N/A Not sampled – not an opening day lake

Northwestern Reservoir 13 27 2.08 Plus 53 released = 6.1 fish/angler. 1 broodstock and 4 triploids checked. largest fish was 27″ & 8 lbs. Weather was cold and cloudy.

Swift Reservoir 45 137 3.04 Only 2 released. Fair turnout, weather was cold, windy, and scattered showers, happy anglers.

Snohomish Armstrong Lake 61 185 3.03 Plus 64 released; total CPUE – 4.1 7AM angler count 90. Avg 12″, cc 17 to 19″

Bosworth Lake 39 104 2.67 Plus 71 trout released; Total CPUE = 4.5 Effort at 9 a.m. – 28 boats with 59 anglers, and 22 shore anglers

Echo Lake (Maltby) N/A N/A N/A 6:30 a.m. count of 4 boat anglers & 1 shore angler. No angler interviews. Anglers observed catching trout.

Howard Lake 59 250 4.24 Plus 40 released; total CPUE – 4.9. 7 a.m. effort count = 82. Breeze, then rain.

Ki Lake 61 160 2.62 Plus 12 relased; total CPUE – 2.8 7AM effort count – 181. Cold, raindy, windy

Martha Lake (AM) 48 113 2.35 Plus 45 released; total CPUE = 3.3. Effort ‘way down; at 9am – 28 boats with 61 anglers, plus 45 shore anglers

Riley Lake 17 54 3.18 Plus 16 released; total CPUE – 4.1.

Serene Lake 19 59 3.11 Plus 32 released; total CPUE = 4.8. Effort at 10 a.m. – 13 boats with 28 anglers, and 3 shore anglers. 15-1/4″ carry-over caught, poor weather in a.m.

Stickney Lake 19 4 0.21 Plus 6 released; total CPUE = 0.5. 7 a.m. effort count of 7 boats with 15 anglers and 12 shore anglers. Fishing appeared to pick up after noon when creel completed

Storm Lake 24 41 1.71 Plus 37 released; total CPUE = 3.3 9 a.m.effort was 55 people in 25 boats, plus 8 shore anglers. Cold morning with rain. Fish not biting well.

Wagner Lake 13 11 0.85 Plus 29 released; total CPUE = 3.1 10 a.m. effort count of 27 anglers in 11 boats and 5 shore anglers. Fish not biting well.

Spokane Badger Lake 44 173 3.93 Lots of nice rainbows, largest 22″. Numerous Cutthroat 11″ to 13″

Clear Lake 25 63 2.52

Fish Lake 48 172 3.58 Largest fish was a 24 inch Tiger Trout

County Water Anglers Checked No. Trout Average Trout Kept/Angler Comments

Spokane West Medical Lake 81 36 0.44 Fishery continues to decline, and is a candidate for rehabilitation

Williams Lake 60 476 5.00 Largest rainbow was 23.5 inches; largest cutthroat was 15.5 inches

Stevens Cedar Lake 20 79 3.95 Rainbows average 11 inches, largest was 18″

Deep Lake 7 26 3.71 Rainbows average 10 inches, largest 11″

Rocky Lake 42 114 2.71 Rainbows average 10.5 inches, largest 15″

Waitts Lake 43 74 1.72 Rainbows and brown trout 50/50 in catch. Largest rainbow 23 inches, largest brown was 21 inches

Thurston Clear Lake 61 61 1.00 Better than last year but catch rates still slow. Many of the fish harvested with between 12-16″. Effort count 198 at 8am

Deep Lake 27 47 1.74 Fishing was poor. Catchable plant preformed poorly likely do to stocking date. (late March) Effort count was 134 at 8 am

Hicks Lake 53 84 1.58 Catch consisted of mostly catchable length fish. Effort count was 58 at 8 am

Long Lake 41 82 2.00 Fishing good with a mix of catchable and jumbos harvested. One bass and one dog caught (dog releases at vet clinic). Effort count was 119 at 8 am

McIntosh Lake 113 101 0.89 High-grading of small fish was a problem. Effort count of 76 at 8 am

Munn Lake 25 78 3.12 Very good fishing. Lots of anglers higrading catchables trout. Effort at Munn relatively low – 36 at noon.

Pattison Lake 27 47 1.74 Good fishing and happy anglers. Many large fish caught with 9 of 47 over 20″. Effort 100 at noon.

Summit Lake 80 159 1.99 Great fishing. 2008 fry plant survival appears very good. Many carryovers and jumbo RBT caught. Five Kokanee to 12″ observed in creel. Effort count was 380 at 8 am

Ward Lake 4.70 Fishing very good. Catch rates above 5/per angler but harvest rates lower due to hi-grading. Several kokanee harvested up to 14″. Effort count of 68 at 8 am

Whatcom Cain Lake 14 51 3.64 plus 2 released; total CPUE – 3.8. 7AM effort count – 100

Padden Lake 35 122 3.49 Plus 25 released; total CPUE – 4.2 7AM effort count – 382

Silver Lake 136 550 4.04 Plus 151 released; total CPUE – 5.2 7 a.m. effort count – 547

Toad Lake 28 90 3.21 Plus 60 released; total CPUE = 5.4. Peak count 134 at 7 a.m.

(Photos taken by Steve Ringman, Seattle Times staff photographer at Pine Lake in Issaquah, and HALA235 at Mineral Lake in Lewis County)



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