Time to pack a turkey sandwich and head to six southwest Washington lakes that will each be planted with 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 1 1/4 pounds apiece the day after Thanksgiving.
Battleground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County; Kress Lake in Cowlitz County; Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County and Rowland Lake in Klickitat County are currently closed to fishing, and will reopen Friday, Nov. 23 to fishing.
“The water has cooled down in all the lakes and ponds, and they should provide pretty good trout fishing,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver.
Klineline Pond located just west of I-5 and north of Hazel Dell has good bank access. Battle Ground Lake is located about two miles northwest of Battle Ground off Heisson Road, and has some bank access and a pier.
Kress Lake near Kalama has a small boat launch but no gas motors are allowed, and ample bank access. Fort Borst Park Pond on the west side of I-5 in Centralia is open for anglers age 15 and under only, but adults can assist kids in fishing.
South Lewis County Pond just southeast of Toledo has great shore and pier fishing, plus a boat launch. Rowland Lake is split into two lakes between Highway 14, and tends to produce good fishing.
Those in Greater Seattle region, can head to Beaver Lake near Issaquah, which was planted earlier this month with 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 2 to 3 pounds.
There is good shore access in the adjacent park and by small-boats (no gas motors allowed). Daily limit is five fish, and only two may be longer than 15 inches.
(Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)