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March 25, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Early trout plants should generate decent spring action in year-round lakes

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The weather has warmed up, and the spring fishing action is in full bloom as many year-round lakes will be getting plants of trout in the coming weeks and months. In fact some have already been planted earlier this month.

“We’ve had two stocking events at Green Lake on March 2 and 15, and it was planted with 6,000 fish on both of those dates,” said Justin Spinelli, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Mill Creek. “We’ll also have another stocking event next week in Green, and another in early May. So hopefully it will draw anglers to the fishery into early June.”

“Our phones are ringing off the hook, and it is definitely an exciting phenomenon and people are catching the bug,” Spinelli said.

In the northern counties of Snohomish, Island, Skagit, Whatcom and San Juan word has it that trout plants have been ongoing too.

“I think once those fish get themselves acclimated to the lakes, and get their bearings they’ll be fine,” said Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

Here are the latest updates for trout plants in year-round fishing lakes by state Fish and Wildlife. The dates of the plants may vary by will occur during that week scheduled:

Snohomish County: Ballinger, 4,500 on March 23; Blackman’s, 7,000 on March 30; Cassidy, 5,400 on March 23; Chain, 2,250 on March 23; Flowing, 8,400 on March 30; Gissburg, 8,00 on March 16; Goodwin, 11,100 on April 6; Ketchum, 2,700 on April 27; Loma, 2,700 on April 27; Lost, 1,500 on April 27; Martha at Warm Beach, 2,00 on April 1; Roesiger, 9,000 on March 30; Silver, 5,393 on March 23; and Tye, 1,000 on March 31.

Island County: Cranberry, 5,600 on March 30; and Lone, 3,593 on March 30.

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King County: Alice, 3,500 on April 15; Angle, 10,000 on March 15; Beaver. 10,000 on April 5; Bitter, 3,000 on March 15; Boren, 1,000 on March 15; Deep, 3,500 on April 20; Desire, 7,000 on April 6; Dolloff, 1,650 on March 15; Echo, 1,000 on March 15; Fish, 1,500 on April 12; Fenwick, 1,500 on March 8; Fivemile, 3,000 on April 19; Green, 20,000 in March and April; Haller, 2,500 on March 15; Holm, 1,650 on March 24; Killarney, 3,000 on April 1; Meridian, 11,000 in March and April; Morton, 9,000 on April 5; North, 10,000 on April 5; Shadow, 4,000 on April 6; Spring, 6,000 on April 1; Star, 2,000 on March 15; Trout, 1,500 on April 5; and Twelve, 5,000 in March and April.

San Juan County: Egg, 1,038 in April and May 4; Hummel, 918 on March 23 and April; and Mountain, 447 in May.

Skagit County (these plants are all triploid trout averaging 1 1/2 pounds apiece): Campbell, 805 in April and May; Clear, 702 in April; and Pass, 162 in May.

Whatcom County (these plants are triploid trout): Squalicum, 162 in May; and Terrell, 820 in April.

(Photos taken by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times staff photographer)

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