Here is the news release rundown from state Fish and Wildlife on how opening day of trout fihsing fared last weekend with some of the top producing lakes.
Fisheries conducted surveys at at 98 statewide lakes, and estimates that anglers averaged 4.6 trout kept and/or released on opening day (Saturday, April 27), and the 4,076 anglers interviewed kept an average of 2.8 trout – up from 2.3 fish in recent years.
In the news release fisheries says the higher retention rate may be that 2.2 million of the “catchable-size” trout planted before the opener averaged 10-12 inches – about a third larger than in the past. Many lakes were also stocked with thousands of triploids, broodstock and other large trout weighing up to 11 pounds apiece.
The largest fish caught and recorded included a 24.5-inch rainbow trout at Vance Creek Pond #2 (Lake Inez) in Grays Harbor County, and a 24-inch rainbow at Lincoln County’s Fishtrap Lake.
Lakes with the highest average of fish kept per angler include: Aldrich Lake, Mason County (4.7); Wood Lake, Mason County (4.6); Erie Lake, Skamania County (4.6); Martha Lake, Snohomish County (4.5); Rocky Lake, Stevens County (4.5); Fishtrap Lake, Lincoln County (4.4); Swift Reservoir, Skamania County (4.4); West Medical Lake, Spokane County (4.3); Conconully Reservoir, Okanogan County (4.3); Phillips Lake, Mason County (4.3); Spearfish Lake, Klickitat County (4.3); Williams Lake, Spokane County (4.2); and Robins Lake, Mason County (4.2).
For a complete look at opening day catches, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/may0113a/.
(Photo by Bettina Hansen, Seattle Times staff photographer at Lake Wilderness on opening day.)