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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 27, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Statewide catches on opening day were good and lured plenty of anglers out on waters

The statewide lowland lakes trout fishing opener on Saturday generated pretty decent catches although the weather by mid-morning changed and brought rain and wind to some places.

Fish checks

King County: Wilderness, 94 anglers with 128 trout for 1.4 fish kept; Steel, 44 with 87 for 2.0; Margaret, 60 with 107 for 1.8 (10 percent of catch averaged 15 inches); Cottage, 70 with 94 for 1.3; Walker, 22 with 74 for 3.4; Geneva, 34 with 106 for 3.1; Pine, 33 with 105 for 3.2; and North, 34 with 155 for 4.6.

Skagit County: Erie, 67 with 305 for 4.6; Heart, 97 with 328 for 3.4; and McMurray, 75 with 266 for 3.5.

Snohomish County: Armstrong, 23 with 67 for 2.9 (largest fish was 18.5 inches and many limits); Stickney, 16 with 54 for 3.4 (largest fish was 14.5 inches with many limits); Ki, 53 with 302 for 5.7 (many limits); Serene, 25 with 76 for 3.0 (10 percent of the catch averaged 15 inches and success rate was good); Echo, 18 with 56 for 3.1; Wagner, 12 with 52 for 4.3 (fish in great condition with many limits); Bosworth, 26 with 78 for 3.0 (many limits); and Martha at Alderwood Manor, 28 with 126 for 4.5 (largest fish was 18 inches).

Thurston County: Clear, 69 with 251 for 5.6 (Anglers were very satisfied and reported too many big fish); Deep, 54 with 224 for 4.3; Hicks, 19 with 49 for 3.9; Long, 32 with 117 for 3.7 (19 inch holdover and lots of limits); McIntosh, 66 with 238 for 3.6 (One nice bass caught, 18 inch was the biggest trout); Pattison, 51 with 163 for 3.1; Summit, 66 with 191 for 4.8 (15 kokanee caught, many big jumbo rainbow trout, anglers were happy); and Ward, 60 with 233 for 4.7 (Very happy fishermen, 1 carryover, no kokanee and many jumbos).

Pierce County: Bay, 116 with 449 for 3.8; Clear, 57 with 165 for 2.8 (Big rainbows, 44 kokanee and happy anglers); Rapjohn, 68 with 168 for 4.3; Ohop, 48 with 175 for 4.1; and Tanwax, 61 with 121 for 4.6.

Whatcom County: Toad, 69 with 175 for 2.5; Silver, 149 with 451 for 3.0 (average size 10‐14 inches); Cain, 37 with 147 for 4.0; and Padden, 79 with 265 for 3.4.

Grays Harbor County: Aberdeen, 63 with 155 for 2.5 (derby winner was 7 pounds); Failor, 32 with 64 for 2.0 (largest fish was 22 inches); Sylvia, 16 with 41 for 2.6 (largest fish was 22 inches); Vance Pond 1, 112 with 202 for 1.8 (derby winner was seven-years-old and fish weighed 7 pounds, and longest fish was 25 inches); and Vance Pond 2, 70 with 99 for 1.4 (largest was 24.5 inches).

Pacific County: Black, 45 with 146 for 3.2 (largest fish was 4 pounds, and vegetation control improved fishing conditions from shore.)

Mason County: Stump, 42 with 35 for 0.8 (one rainbow trout was 23.5 inches).

Grant County: Warden, 65 with 232 for 3.6; Blue, 36 with 129 for 3.6; Park, 76 with 184 for 2.4; Deep, 91 with 343 for 3.8; Perch, seven with 25 for 3.6; and Vic Meyers, eight with 31 for 3.9.

Spokane County: 61 with 124 for 2.0; Clear, 22 with 85 for 3.9; Fish, 52 with 137 for 2.6; Williams, 78 with 330 for 4.2; and West Medical, 114 with 477 for 4.3.

Lincoln County: Fishtrap, 37 with 161 for 4.4.

Lewis County: Plummer, 23 with 24 for 1.04; Carlisle, 37 with 75 for 2.03; Fort Borst Pond, 59 with 91 for 1.54; and Mineral, 67 with 171 for 2.55 (largest trout was about 10 pounds).

Skamania County: Kidney, 45 with 141 for 3.13; and Swift Reservoir, 25 with 109 for 4.36.

Klickitat County: Spearfish, 35 with 151 for 4.31; Rowland, 51 with 162 for 3.18; and Horsethief, 51 with 115 for 2.25.

Chelan County: Beehive, 44 with 58 for 1.3 (the weather was sunny but extremely windy, which resulted in many anglers only fishing for a short period of time. Few carryovers with largest fish checked was 16.5 inches. Some tiger trout also caught); Clear, 22 with 59 for 2.7 (Very windy, which resulted in some anglers only fishing for a short period of time. A few carryovers with the largest fish checked were 18 inches. Not many limits but there were still many happy anglers); and Wapato, 75 with 167 for 2.2 (Weather was partly cloudy with calm conditions early in the morning then the wind kicked in, which pushed off a fair number of anglers earlier than normal. The wind made it crazy” one person said. A lot of nice quality fish with most in the 14-15 inches range. Several of the largest fish were 19-plus inches. Good participation as usual with 275 anglers counted early on).

Douglas County: Jameson, 40 with 121 for 3.0 (The weather was sunny but the wind started pushing some anglers off the lake by 11am. However angler participation was way up from last year with 216 counted early on. There was a wide range of fish size, anywhere from 9 to 24 inches. Most anglers were satisfied regardless of many of the fish being smaller than usual due to the prospect of catching one of the larger fish that other anglers had been catching.)

Mason County: Devereaux, 31 with 103 for 3.3; Tiger, 25 with 88 for 3.5 (Good cutthroat survival; 25-percent of creel); Panther, 25 with 90 for 3.6 (Lots ofc atch and release folks, flyfishers in tubes driving up catch rate but not harvesting); Robins, 11 with 46 for 4.2; Aldrich, 11 with 52 for 4.7; Clara. 13 with 46 for 3.5; Haven, 26 with 147 for 2.1; Wooten, 45 with 128 for 2.8; Limerick, 22 with 80 for 1.0; and Howell, 11 with 44 for 4.0.

Jefferson County: Silent, eight with 29 for 3.6 (light pressure); Wood, seven with 32 for 4.6; Phillips, 50 with 214 for 4.3; Ludlow, 11 with 22 with 2.0; Horseshoe, five with with none for 0.0; and Anderson, 60 with 198 for 3.3.

Kitsap County: Mission, 35 with 142 for 4.1 (Commented on quality of catchables, windy cold for the kids); Horseshoe, 20 with 76 for 3.8; Wildcat, 61 with 203 for 3.3 (Very busy at the boat launch, shore anglers outdid the boats as wind rose up); Benson, 29 with 102 for 3.5; and Buck, 14 with 48 for 3.4.

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