Anglers can get a jump start on early spring trout fishing in some west side year-round lakes that are being planted this month.
“We are stocking these lakes with thousands of fish, so fishing should be pretty good over the next several weeks,” Ron Warren, a state Fish and Wildlife regional fish manager said in a news release.
Lakes planted with trout include:
Grays Harbor County:
Lake Sylvia, Duck Lake, and Vance Creek (Elma) Pond #1 will each receive 1,000 catchable-size rainbows. Each of the lakes also will be planted with several hundred larger trout – averaging 3 to 4 pounds each – that were reared under a cooperative project with the Chehalis Basin Task Force.
Duck Lake and Lake Sylvia are open to all anglers year-round, while Vance Creek Pond #1 will be open from March 31 to April 8 for anglers under 15 years old, seniors 70 years of age and older, and anglers with a disability who have a WDFW reduced-fee license or a designated harvester card.
Vance Creek (Elma) Pond #1 will re-open April 28, the opening day of lowland lake fishing.
Thurston and Pierce counties:
Long’s Pond in Thurston County will receive 4,000 rainbows measuring 10 to 11 inches in length and 100 larger trout measuring 14 to 16 inches.
Bradley Lake in Pierce County will receive 2,500 rainbow trout measuring 10 to 11 inches in length.
Wapato Lake in Pierce County will receive 4,000 rainbow trout measuring 10 to 11 inches.
Only juvenile anglers under 15 years of age can fish at Long’s Pond and Wapato Lake, both of which are open year-round.
Bradley Lake is also open year-round, but from May 15 through June 10 the lake is only open to anglers under 15 years of age.
Mason and Kitsap counties:
A number of lakes in Mason and Kitsap counties will begin receiving spring jumbos provided in partnership with Tacoma Power.
Nahwatzel Lake will receive 5,360 jumbo rainbows and Kokanee Lake will receive 4,000 jumbo rainbows measuring 11 to 13 inches in length.
Spencer Lake will receive 5,000 rainbows measuring 10 to 11 inches and 500 cutthroat trout weighing about one pound each.
Kitsap Lake in Kitsap County will receive 4,760 rainbows measuring 11 to 13 inches to extend the quality winter rainbow trout fishery into early spring.
These lakes are open year-round to all anglers.
(Photo by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter. Picture is Tegan Yuasa with a nice rainbow trout caught in Duck Lake last April.)