This burst of good news came from state Fish and Wildlife that should make trout anglers across the state happy this coming spring when the lowland lakes opener occurs on April 24-25.
The state Fish and Wildlife Commission sent out a news release today (March 5) that approved a plan to plant 58,118 large rainbow trout – 16,708 over last year’s total – into 104 lowland lakes statewide.
The commission voted to modify the stocking plan developed by the state Fish and Wildlife staff to more closely balance stocking percentages between eastern and western Washington.
Under the approved plan, 55 percent of the fish will go to western Washington lakes, and 45 percent will go to eastern Washington waters. The adopted plan will partly offset lost fish production resulting from the closure of Bellingham Hatchery.
Triploids – trout bred so that they cannot reproduce and are just honed in on feeding all their life – average 1½ pounds apiece.
State Fish and Wildlife purchases the popular triploids from a private grower under a program authorized by the Legislature in 1999.
Triploid trout, along with “catchable” size trout produced by hatcheries, provide fish for lake fisheries statewide.
(Photo taken by Seattle Times staff photographer)