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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM

State Fish and Wildlife boat ramp and Opening Day fish checks

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Salmon and saltwater

Everett ramp — April 23: Nine boats with 17 anglers caught one chinook; April 24: Nine boats with 16 anglers caught one chinook; April 27: 12 boats with 21 anglers caught four chinook; April 28: 15 boats with 32 anglers caught two chinook; April 29: 31 boats with 68 anglers caught eight chinook.

Don Armeni ramp, West Seattle — April 28: Three boats with five anglers caught one chinook.

Camano Island State Park ramp — April 24: Seven boats with 12 anglers caught one chinook; April 27: Four boats with seven anglers caught no fish; April 28: 11 boats with 21 anglers caught one chinook; April 29: 11 boats with 20 anglers caught no fish.

Maple Grove ramp, Camano Island — April 27: One boat with two anglers caught no fish; April 29: Five boats with 10 anglers caught one chinook.

Friday Harbor Marina, San Juan Island — April 24: One boat with one angler caught two chinook; April 29: One boat with two anglers caught none.

Glenn Street ramp, Bellingham — April 24: Four boats with seven anglers caught two chinook; April 27: Six boats with 11 anglers caught two chinook; April 29: Seven boats with 12 anglers caught six chinook.

Cornet Bay ramp, North Whidbey Island — April 24: One boat with two anglers caught two chinook; April 27: One boat with one angler caught no fish; April 28: Two boats with six anglers caught no fish; April 29: Eight boats with 15 anglers caught three chinook.

Oak Harbor Marina — April 24: One boat with one angler caught no fish.

Washington Park ramp, Anacortes — April 24: Two boats with four anglers caught one chinook; April 27: Two boats with three anglers caught no fish; April 28: 11 boats with 26 anglers caught five chinook; April 29: Seven boats with 15 anglers caught eight chinook.

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Ediz Hook ramp, Port Angeles — April 28: Two boats with five anglers caught five halibut.

Olson’s Resort, Sekiu — April 28: One boat with two anglers caught three lingcod.

Port Townsend Boat Haven Marina ramp — Feb. 25: One boat with two anglers caught no fish; Feb. 26: Two boats with four anglers caught one chinook.

Pleasant Harbor Marina, Hood Canal — April 28: One boat with three anglers caught no fish.

Quilcene Bay ramp, Hood Canal — April 23: One boat with two anglers caught no fish; April 24: One boat with two anglers caught no fish; April 29: Two boats with four anglers caught one chinook.

Misery Point ramp, Hood Canal — April 23: Two boats with five anglers caught one chinook; April 26: One boat with two anglers caught no fish; April 27: Two boats with four anglers caught one chinook; April 28: Two boats with five anglers caught no fish; April 29: Three boats with five anglers caught no fish.

Gig Harbor ramp — April 27: One boats with two anglers caught no fish.

Point Defiance Park ramp and Boathouse, Tacoma — April 24: Six boats with seven anglers caught two chinook; April 27: One boat with one angler caught no fish; April 28: 10 boats with 14 anglers caught one chinook; April 29: 32 boats with 61 anglers caught 10 chinook, 58 flounder and two ratfish.

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Rivers and lakes

(Lakes catches were from Saturday’s opening day of trout fishing)

Island County — Deer, 16 anglers caught 52 trout (20 released) for 3.3 fish kept per rod (4.5 combined average of trout kept and released); and Goss, 5 with 16 for 3.2.

King County — Cottage, 70 with 100 (203) for 1.4 (4.3); Geneva, 27 with 65 (68) for 2.4 (4.9); Langlois, 51 with 191 (132) for 3.7 (6.3); Margaret, 55 with 75 (98) for 1.4 (3.1); North, 12 with 42 for 3.5; Pine, 75 with 230 (152) for 3.1 (5.1); Steel, 23 with 95 (13) for 4.1 (4.7); and Walker, 33 with 138 (40) for 4.2 (5.4).

Skagit County — Erie, 53 with 205 (42) for 3.9 (4.7); Heart, 112 with 330 (133) for 2.9 (4.1); McMurray, 65 with 199 (53) for 3.1 (3.9); and Sixteen, 56 with 166 (59) for 3.0 (4.0).

Snohomish County — Armstrong, 26 with 15 (25) for 0.6 (1.5); Bosworth, 31 with 100 (21) for 3.2 (3.9); Crabapple, 16 with 34 (34) for 2.1 (4.3); Howard, 91 with 171 (238) for 1.9 (4.5); Ki, 76 with 112 (100) for 1.5 (2.8); Martha at Alderwood Manor, 46 with 93 (61) for 2.0 (3.3); Riley, 72 with 196 (119) for 2.7 (4.4); Serene, 18 with 46 (65) for 2.6 (6.2); Stickney, 11 with 19 (50) for 1.7 (6.3); Storm, 53 with 131 (49) for 2.5 (3.4); and Wagner, 10 with 11 (54) for 1.1 (6.5).

Whatcom County — Cain, 42 with 160 (110) for 3.8 (6.4); Padden, 58 with 225 (53) for 3.9 (4.8); Silver, 132 with 401 (240) for 3.0 (4.9); and Toad, 65 with 217 (278) for 3.3 (7.6).

Grant County — Warden 4.1 and 5.0; Deep, 3.1 and 5.5; Park, 2.9 and 3.3; Blue, 1.9 and 1.9; and Vic Meyers, 1.2 and 1.3.

Klickitat County — Rowland, 47 with 104 (148) for 2.21 (5.36); Spearfish, 30 with 88 (28) for 2.93 (3.87); and Horsethief, 36 with 118 (22) for 3.28 (3.89).

Lewis County — Plummer, 28 with 37 (42) for 1.32 (2.82); Fort Borst Park Pond, 291 with 276 (114) for 0.95 (1.34); Carlisle, 33 with 27 (404) for 0.82 (13.06); and Mineral, 87 with 271 (431) for 3.11 (8.07).

Skamania County — Swift Reservoir, 40 with 90 (42) for 2.25 (3.30); and Kidney, 42 with 91 (52) for 2.17 (3.52).

Grays Harbor County — Aberdeen, 134 with 184 (202) for 1.31 (2.88); Sylvia, 34 with 37 (6) for 1.09 (1.26); Vance Pond 1, 27 with 32 (nine) for 1.18 (1.50: Vance Pond 2, 39 with 102 (13) for 2.62 (2.95); and Failor, 58 with 175 (141) for 3.01 (5.44).

Jefferson County — Anderson, 75 with 230 (94) for 3.1 (4.3); Horseshoe, 10 with four (15) for 0.4 (1.9); Ludlow, 14 with seven for 0.5; Sandy Shore, 65 with 255 (37) for 3.9 (4.5); Silent, eight with 28 (39) for 3.5 (8.4); and Tarboo, 39 with 69 (two) for 1.8 (1.8).

Kitsap County — Buck, 16 with 22 (32) for 1.4 (3.4); Horseshoe, 49 with 147 (145) for 3.0 (6.0); Mission, 39 with 158 (98) for 4.1 (6.5); Panther, 40 with 185 (40) for 4.6 (5.6); Wildcat, 65 with 184 (69) for 2.8 (3.9); and Wye, 31 with 122 (10) for 3.9 (4.3).

Mason County — Aldrich, seven with 27 (21) for 3.9 (6.9); Benson, 36 with 134 (37) with 3.7 (4.8); Clara, 13 with 57 (12) for 4.4 (5.3); Devereaux, 36 with 100 (47) for 2.8 (4.1); Haven, 10 with 32 (105) for 3.2 (13.7); Howell, 18 with 76 (14) for 4.2 (5.0); Limerick, 22 with 59 (30) for 2.7 (4.0); Phillips, 28 with 133 (58) with 4.8 (6.8); Robbins, 15 with 57 (13) for 3.8 (4.7); Stump, 39 with 53 (10) for 1.4 (1.6); Tiger, 70 with 243 (73) for 3.5 (4.5); Wildberry, one with three (four) for 3.0 (7.0); Wood, six with 16 (five) for 2.7 (3.5); and Wooten, 49 with 170 (14) for 3.5 (3.8).

Pacific County — Black, 32 with 43 (10) for 1.34 (1.66); Bay, 114 with 435 (95) for 3.82 (4.65); Carney, 27 with 51 (78) for 1.89 (4.78); Clear, 41 with 140 (101) for 3.41 (5.88); Jackson, four with 10 for 2.50; Ohop, 55 with 126 (21) for 2.29 (2.67); Rapjohn, 29 with 89 (eight) for 3.07 (3.34); Silver, 38 with 59 (13) for 1.55 (1.89); and Tanwax, 49 with 138 (44) for 2.82 (3.71).

Thurston County — Clear, 88 with 335 (121) for 3.81 (5.18); Deep, 62 with 112 (seven) for 1.81 (1.92); Hicks, 35 with 72 (24) with 2.06 (2.74); Long, 46 with 183 (51) for 3.98 (5.09); McIntosh, 84 with 249 (74) for 2.96 (3.85); Pattison, 36 with 53 (56) for 1.47 (3.03); Summit, 65 with 263 (98) for 4.05 (5.55); and Ward, 39 with 84 (94) for 2.15 (4.56).

Here are some highlights reported by state Fish and Wildlife biologists Doug Hatfield, Bruce Baker and Chad Jackson on Opening Day catches:

Lake Langlois: Two anglers caught and released 65 trout, the largest trout was 15 ¾ inches along with 10 fish over 15 inches.

Riley Lake: There was a couple trout that measured over 15 inches.

Lake Serene: Two anglers caught five trout over 15 inches.

Heart Lake: There was one trout that measured 19 inches.

Padden Lake: Shore anglers did just as well as boat anglers.

Lake Geneva: Two anglers throwing flies each caught and released 30 trout apiece. Average size of trout was 11.2 inches.

Lake Margaret: Catch was equal numbers of cutthroat and rainbow trout. Largest fish was a 15-inch cutthroat.

Lake Ki: There was three trout checked over 15 inches.

Armstrong Lake: One angler had fished there 63 of the last 65 years.

Martha Lake at Alderwood Manor: Boats did better than bank anglers. Largest trout was 16 inches.

Grant County: The carry over trout averaged up to 18 inches, one fish measured out at 23 inches. Park and Blue lakes had the nicest yearling trout.

Spearfish Lake: There was 23 triploid trout caught.

Mineral Lake: There was 10 bloodstock trout caught.

Aberdeen Lake: The largest trout caught was 24 inches.

Vance Pond 1: The largest trout caught was 23 inches.

Failor Lake: The largest trout caught was 24 inches.

Anderson Lake: There was a 20 inch trout caught.

Sandy Shore Lake: There was nine carry over trout 14 to 16 inches.

Panther Lake: The largest trout caught was 20 inches and weighed 3 pounds, plus three bloodstock and several triploid caught.

Clear Lake in Thurston County: There was several trout 18 to 19 inches.

Hicks Lake; There was lots of jumbo size trout caught (32 percent of the catch).

Long Lake in Thurston County: There was lots of large carry over and bloodstock trout caught.

Pattison Lake: There was 11 trout over 17 inches long, one that was 20.5 inches and one that was 21.75 inches.

Ward Lake in Thurston County: There was lots of larger trout caught.

(Checks provided by state Fish and Wildlife are taken randomly and do not reflect all fish caught during that period. Photo by Mark Yuasa.)

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