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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

More year-round lakes planted with trout for early spring fishing action

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The state Fish and Wildlife trucks have been busy getting plants of trout into year-round lakes, but there was a slight hang up in the greater King County region.

“One of our trucks went down (and is out of service), and it should be running by next week,” said Justin Spinelli, a state Fish and Wildlife regional biologist. “We are trying to stock the lakes as quickly as possible.”

“The good news is we’ve got planted trout in Green, Meridian and Ballinger,” Spinelli said. “Angle Lake got their plant of trout, but fishing was slow. The fish at Blackman’s are biting good, and fishermen at Silver Lake in Snohomish County had started to catch fish.”

Local plants by numbers:

King County: Fish Lake was planted on March 28 with 1,500 trout; Green Lake on March 21 with 6,019; Lake Alice on March 21 with 1,800; Lake Meridian on March 20 and 28 with 8,500; Lake Sawyer on March 26 with 1,066; and Rattlesnake Lake on March 21 with 2,727.

Snohomish County: Ballinger Lake on March 20 with 2,002; Blackman’s Lake on March 20 with 2,002; Cassidy Lake on March 21 with 1,005; Gissburg Ponds on March 19 with 2,496; Lake Shoecraft on March 26, 2,548; and Silver Lake on March 20 with 4,017.

Island County: Cranberry Lake on March 26 with 3,003.

Here are some other statewide year-round lakes planted this week:

Benton County: Columbia Park Pond for juvenile anglers.

Columbia County: Blue and Spring lakes.

Grays Harbor County: Duck Lake.

Kittitas County: Lavender Lake.

Mason County: Island, Lost and Tee lakes.

Pierce County: Kapowsin Lake.

Thurston County: Black and Lawerence lakes, and Longs Pond for juvenile anglers.

Yakima County: I-82 4 and 6 ponds, Rotary Lake and Tims Pond.

For more statewide plants go to the state Fish and Wildlife website. Spinelli says the website plants are usually updated every Thursday or Friday.

Note before you go to a lake: Be sure to check the regulation pamphlet as not all the lakes being planted are open year-round, and you can’t fish some until the traditional lowland lakes statewide opener on April 28.

(Photo by Seattle Times staff reporter Mark Yuasa. Pictured is Matthew Lee of Kent with a nice rainbow trout caught in Duck Lake near Ocean Shores)

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