Spend some quality with dad on Father’s Day, and take him out to wet a line at 20 statewide lakes that will be planted with trout prior to the June 15-16 weekend.
“This is the second straight year we’ve stocked trout before Father’s Day, and this year we’ve doubled the number of fish and added six more lakes to the list,” Chris Donley, a state Fish and Wildlife Inland Fish Program manager said in a news release. “A fishing license is a great Father’s Day gift and catching these big fish will make for some wonderful memories.”
State Fish and Wildlife hatchery crews will be stocking 10,000 triploid rainbow trout. Triploids average 1 1/2 pounds apiece, and are sterile trout with one thing on their mind, and that is to gorge on feed.
Lakes that will be stocked with triploids before Father’s Day have good shore and boat access. For details, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/.
Lake planted are:
King County: Green Lake, 1,500.
Snohomish County: Blackmans Lake, 250; and Gissburg Ponds (aka Twin Lakes), 250.
Skagit County: Campbell Lake, 250.
Whatcom County: Padden Lake, 250.
Grays Harbor County: Vance Creek (Elma) Pond #2, 100.
Jefferson County: Sandy Shore Lake, 150.
Mason County: Mason Lake, 500.
Pierce County: American Lake, 1,500.
Thurston County: Clear Lake, 250; and Hicks Lake, 250.
Clark County: Horseshoe Lake, 250.
Kittitas County: Cooper Lake, 250.
Yakima County: Clear Lake, 500.
Grant County: Park Lake, 400.
Okanogan County: Alta Lake, 350; and Conconully Reservoir, 750.
Spokane County: West Medical Lake, 1,250; and Williams Lake, 400.
Pend Oreille County: Diamond Lake, 600.
For fish stocking information, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide/.
(Photo by Bettina Hansen, Seattle Times staff photographer)