There’s no better way to bond with dad than taking him trout fishing on this special weekend, and to improve your chances of bringing something home for the grill state Fish and Wildlife plans to stock some lakes.
Hatchery crews will be adding 5,000 triploid rainbow trout, averaging 1 1/2 pounds apiece, into 14 lakes just before Father’s Day, which always garner the highest interest from anglers looking to hook the “big one.”
The triploid is a sterile trout that spends its entire life gorging on feed instead of thinking about creating offspring. These fish can grow to trophy size if not caught in the first year, and if the lakes have plenty of feed.
King County: Green Lake, 870; Lake Geneva, 450; Bitter Lake, 100; Echo Lake, 100. Snohomish County: Blackmans Lake, 300; Gissburg Ponds (aka Twin Lakes), 350. Skagit County: Whistle Lake, 300. Kitsap County: Island Lake, 300. Grays Harbor County: Vance Creek (Elma) Ponds, 100. Pierce County: American Lake, 1,200. Kittitas County: Cooper Lake, 265; Lavender Lake, 150; Easton Ponds, 150. Spokane County: Williams Lake, 365.
For more information on trout stocking, go to the state Fish and Wildlife website.
(Photos taken by Mark Yuasa and Seattle Times staff)