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March 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

47 lakes open for year-round fishing to planted this month

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State Fish and Wildlife has plans to plant more than 250,000 rainbow trout into western Washington lakes to boost spring fishing opportunities.

These trout will average 10 to 12 inches, and will be released into 47 year-round lakes.

“Spring is coming, and a lot of people are eager to go fishing,” Chris Donley, a state Fish and Wildlife inland fish manager said in a news release. “Our goal is to give them something to catch on both sides of the Cascades at a time when the weather is warming up and students have a break from school.”

Some lakes, such as Wapato in Pierce County and Long’s Pond in Thurston County, are open only to anglers under 15 years old. Fishing regulations for all lakes are outlined in the Fish Washington rule pamphlet, available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Hundreds of other year-round lakes around the state have been – or soon will be – stocked for springtime fishing. For weekly trout stocking information go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.

Lakes/ponds to be stocked with trout in March 2013

(Stocking dates subject to change, based on conditions)

County Lake/Pond # Trout Date (approx.) Details
Grays Harbor Duck Lake

1,100

Week of 3/16
Lake Sylvia

1,500

3/28-3/29

Vance CreekPond #1

1,000

3/28-3/29

Special opening for juvenile, senior and disabled anglers only
Island Cranberry Lake

6,500

3/12

Good shoreline access
Lone Lake

3,000

3/6

Selective gear rules only; no bait
King Alice Lake

1,200

3/12-3/15

Angle Lake

3,000

3/28

Kokanee also available. Boat ramp open, parking limited by construction.
Beaver Lake

7,000

3/18-3/22

Good shoreline access
Green Lake

17,400

3/13-3/19

Good youth fishing
Meridian Lake

10,000

3/14

Good shoreline access
Sawyer Lake

1,500

3/14

Kitsap Kitsap Lake

5,000

3/6

12-14 inches
Mason Kokanee Lake

8,000

3/5

12-14 inches
Lost Lake

5,000

3/26

Nahwatzel Lake

5,000

3/7

12-14 inches
Spencer Lake

11,000

4/1-4/5

Pierce American Lake

12,000

*

Bonney Lake

1,000

3/13

Bradley Lake

1,000

3/29

Florence Lake

3,900

3/18

Harts Lake

6,480

3/19

Louise Lake

2,340

3/20

Spanaway Lake

18,000

*

Steilacoom Lake

5,000

*

Wapato Lake

1,680

3/13

Anglers under age 15 only
Waughop Lake

1,500

3/26

Whitman Lake

2,000

3/26

Snohomish Ballinger Lake

6,400

3/12

Blackmans Lake

4,000

3/18-3/22

Good shoreline access
Cassidy Lake

4,000

3/18-3/22

Chain Lake

2,000

3/25-3/29

Flowing Lake

6,000

*

Gissberg Ponds(Twin Lakes)

2,000

3/5

Anglers under age 15 only at north pond; good shoreline access
Ketchum Lake

2,000

3/5

Loma Lake

1,700

3/19

Lost (Devil’s) Lake

1,100

3/18

Martha Lake

2,500

3/5

Panther Lake

1,500

3/18

Shoecraft Lake

5,000

3/18

Silver Lake

6,000

3/13

Good shoreline access
Tye Lake

2,000

3/25-3/29

Good shoreline access
Thurston Black Lake

25,000

3/15 & 21

Long’s Pond

2,000

3/28

Anglers under age 15 only
Lake St. Clair

9,500

3/21 & 3/28

Lawrence Lake

10,000

*

Munn Lake

500

3/27

Catch and release only; no bait
Offutt Lake

4,000

*

Also received 1,110 cutthroat

*Stocking date(s) not yet determined

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