State Fish and Wildlife continues to plant many local year-round lakes with trout to provide anglers with early spring fishing opportunities.
“The fish stocked in year-round lakes were already starting to bite, and definitely worth your time to get out there now,” said Justin Spinelli, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist for Region Four, which covers Island, King, Snohomish, Whatcom and Skagit counties. “We’ve been very busy planting lakes the past few weeks.”
“The spring catchable-sized trout (usually averaging 10 to 12 inches) plants in Region 4 will total 458,000, and hopefully little bit more than that will actually go into the lakes,” Spinelli said.
King County lakes recently planted were Angle; Beaver; Green; Alice; Meridian; Sawyer’ and Rattlesnake.
The list of planted lakes in Snohomish County is extensive, and includes Ballinger; Blackmans; Cassidy; Chain; Flowing; Gissburg; Ketchum; Loma; Shoecraft; Lost (Devil’s Lake); Martha (Warm Beach); Panther; Silver and Tye. In Island County, Cranberry was also planted with thousands of trout.
In Pierce County soak a line at Bonney; Bradley; Whitman; and Harts. In Mason County, try Island; Lost; and Spencer. In Kitsap County, look for active trout at Island; and in Thurston County go to Offutt; and St. Clair.
In Southwest Washington, Battleground Lake was planted on March 24 with 1,500 trout averaging half-a-pound apiece; Klineline got 2,000 brown trout on March 24; and Lacamas received 5,000 brown trout on March 18.