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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 28, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Recap of trout fishing opening day reveals plenty of fun and decent action

10318754_10203743328612522_229173904_nHere is a recap with notes and tidbits from the statewide lowland lakes opening day from this past weekend:

In the Spokane region, John Whalen, a state Fish and Wildlife regional fish program manager reports the opener was a successful event.

“Nine lakes were surveyed in District 1 and 6 lakes were surveyed in District 2 (and) no significant mishaps or accidents were reports by staff and the weather held on to provide for good fishing conditions,” Whalen said. “Weather wise – it was definitely early spring like, with 7 a.m. air temperatures in the low 40s. Skies were partly sunny / partly overcast throughout the day, with some light scattered rain and wind at times. Anglers took it all in stride, and showed up in good numbers across both District 1 and 2.”

Top producers for fish kept per angler included: Fishtrap Lake (Lincoln County), 4.4 fish per rod; Williams Lake (Spokane) – somewhat surprising at 3.6; West Medical (Spokane), 3.1; Rocky Lake (Stevens), 4.2; Starvation Lake (Stevens), 4.0; and Ellen Lake (Ferry), 4.2.

Stevens County – Cedar, 11 with 35 for 3.2: Good fishing! Fry plant rainbows are fat and healthy. Largest fish was a 15″ rainbow. Average size was 12″; Deep, three with 15 for 5.0: Rainbow, cutthroat, and eastern brook trout in the angler catch. Largest fish was a 14″ rainbow. Average size was 11″; Mudgett, 57 with 129 for 2.3: Largest fish was a 19″ rainbow. Average size was 14″. Really nice fish; Rocky, 21 with 88 for 4.2: Largest fish was a 17″ rainbow. Average size was 13″. Lots of happy anglers; Starvation, 21 with 84 for 4.0: Largest fish was a 15″ rainbow. Average size was 11″; Waitts, 56 with 158 for 2.8: Largest fish were an 18″ brown trout and a 22.5″ rainbow trout. High catch rates and lots of happy anglers.

Pend Oreille County - Big Meadow, seven with 18 for 2.6: Largest fish was a 14.5″ rainbow. Average size was 12″. Nice fish, but cold water temperature made fishing a little slow; Diamond, 10 with 56 for 5.0; Anglers were happy with the fishing. Largest fish were 16″ rainbow and brown trout.

Ferry County – Ellen, 12 anglers with 50 trout for 4.2 fish kept per rod: Good fishing despite tough weather conditions (rain and hail). A good time was had by all! Largest fish was a 14.5″ rainbow. Average size was 11″.

Spokane County – Badger, 42 with 51 for 1.2: Only one boat had a successful outing (limits); Clear, 29 with 49 for 1.7: Largest fish a 21.5 inch rainbow was caught by a 4 year old little girl; Fish, 52 with 137 for 2.6: Catch and release fishing is common here, which tends to skew numbers kept/angler; Williams, 48 with 172 for 3.6; 21″ RBT, lots of boat problems which may have skewed catch rates, taking the boat problem folks out of the # kept / angler increased this category to 4.9; West Medical, 58 with 182 for 3.1: A few carryover and lots of bank anglers.

Lincoln County – Fishtrap, 21 with 92 for 4.4: Mix of catchables 10-11″, triploids 16″, brood 20-22″ plus 1 bullhead.

Jefferson County – Anderson, 47 with 132 for 2.8: One group released 40 fish on lures. All anglers very happy with fish and weather; Horseshoe, five with three (plus 17 released) total kept not available: Selective Gear catch and release, most boats kick boats or kayaks-fly fishers; Silent, eight with 28 for 3.5: Kept average fish per angler 3 fish, lots of catch and release, lures, etc.

Kitsap County – Buck, 17 with 60 for 3.5: One group released 30 fish on lures. Anglers very happy fish size. Ave size 13″; Horseshoe, 29 with 74 for 2.6: Good weather, happy fishermen, catch and release with lures; Mission, 36 with 126 for 3.5: Average size plus-13″, most anglers made limits. Happy anglers good weather in AM; Wildcat, 24 with 87 for 3.6: Good weather in AM, happy anglers.

Mason County - Aldrich, 12 with 53 for 4.4: Great weather, good fishing. Quality fish with good size catchables- 11-12″; Benson, 79 with 142 for 1.8: One CT, very happy anglers, poor weather windy; Clara (Don), 13 with 58 for 4.5: Good fishing, windy in late morning; Devereaux, 41 with 118 for 2.9: Cold start, bite turned on with sunlight. Happy anglers; Haven, 16 with 53 for 3.3: Happy anglers; Howell, 10 with 44 for 4.4: Highest angler count ever seen; Panther, 33 with 73 for 2.2: Many fish released (>100). Most anglers limited.Foggy in AM; Phillips: Culvert out-road blocked. No fishers but planted lots of opportunity for fish; Tiger, 43 with 117 for 2.7: Unfishable fog in AM, anglers did well after sun came out. Happy anglers; Wooten, 58 with 139 for 2.4: 3 holdovers (alla bout 17″ hvy spots, beautiful fins. Happy anglers. Ave size kept 14″.

Grays Harbor County – Aberdeen, 53 with 144 for 2.6: No derby this year, many anglers left early for baseball games, biggest fish was 23 inches; Failor, 87 with 205 for 2.4: Many fish over 20″, largest 25.5″ and 9 pounds; Sylvia, 20 with 44 for 2.2: 18″ biggest, cool periods of rain, Happy anglers. Year-round lake; Vance 1, 89 with 105 for 1.2: Kids Derby, derby winner was 11.8 lb 27″, happy anglers; Vance 2, 50 with 88 for 1.8: Cold morning, 22″ was the largest, happy with the bigger size of fish.

Pacific County – Black, 36 with 107 for 3.0: Kids Derby, 4.6 lb 20″ largest fish, sunny morning.

Island County – Deer, 24 anglers with 79 trout for 3.2 fish kept per rod: Chilly and windy; Goss, 56 with 17 for 3.2: Overcast some rain, partly cloudy.

King County – Cottage, 56 anglers with 141 trout for 2.5 fish kept per rod; Geneva, 37 with 122 for 3.2; Langlois, 51 with 211 for 4.1; Margaret, 13 with 53 for 4.0; North, 60 with 251 for 4.1: Sunny but windy; Pine, 82 with 276 for 3.3: Sunny and lovely, fisherman happy; Steel, 53 with 225 for 4.2: Most people able to catch limits; Walker, 50 with 94 for 1.8: Mostly sunny, fisherman happy; and Wilderness, 58 with 60 for 1.03: Effort slightly down from precious years.

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Skagit County – Erie, 46 with 121 for 2.6: Fisherman like bigger fish, lots of rain; Heart, 68 with 178 for 2.6: rainy, cold, folks started early; and McMurray, 47 with 108 for 2.2: Rain to clear.

Snohomish County – Armstrong, 31 with 26 for 0.8; Crabapple, 10 with 19 for 1.9: Sunny happy fisherman; Echo, 37 with 110 for 2.9; Howard, 64 with 78 for 1.2: Weather cold, two people fell into the water but were OK, lots of big fish caught, 13 carryovers; Ki, 51 with 152 for 2.9; Martha (Alderwood Manor), 52 with 169 for 3.2: All kids were happy with size of fish; Riley, 30 with 93 for 3.1; Serene, 24 with 44 for 1.8; Sixteen, 68 with 220 for 3.2: Hard rain drove people off the lake; Stickney, 14 with 26 for 1.8: fishers happy; 1 bass released; cool light-heavy wind; Storm, 20 with 87 for 4.3: Most folks limited; intermittant rain; and Wagner, 11 with 29 for 2.6: fishers happy, wet and cold, warmer later.

Whatcom County – Cain, 41 with 175 for 4.2: lighter participation, mixed sun/rain; fishers happy; Padden, 43 with 174 for 4.0; Silver, 162 with 527 for 3.2; and Toad, 47 with 136 for 2.8: Good weather and fisherman were happy.

Lewis County – Plummer, 18 with 21 for 1.2: Breezy, cloudy, low turnout, 2 bass caught; Carlisle, 52 with 48 for 0.9: Anglers were happy, having fun. Weather mixed. 1 broodstock & many triploids checked. Coho not a problem; Fort Borst, 39 with 61 for 1.6: Calm & sunny until noon; and Mineral, 123 with 317 for 2.6: Largest trout checked = 20.3″. Lots of fish 14-15″ range. Weather mixed.

Klickitat County: Spearfish, 36 with 86 for 2.4: Sunny but very windy, one broodfish, eight triploids checked, lures worked best, anglers happy; Rowland, 71 with 200 for 2.8: 20 percent broodfish or triploid. Sunny and windy. Lures were best. Happy anglers; Horsethief, 51 with 200 for 2.0: 2 broodfish, 10 bass and one walleye checked, very windy, sunny and cold but happy anglers; and Kidney, 40 with 88 for 2.1: Light rain and sun. Five broodstock checked. Anglers happy.

Grant County – Warden, 91 anglers with 383 trout for 4.2 fish kept per rod: Sunny weather, pleasant air temperature, and light winds (less-10mph), anglers were very happy with the catch rates (near limits per angler), but they were displeased with averaged size size (9-11″). Also, very few carryover fish recorded in the creel. The largest fish recorded was a 18.5″ rainbow trout; Blue, 74 with 234 for 3.2: Sunny weather, pleasant air temperature, and light winds (<10mph). Blue Lake rebounded from last year’s fair angler success. Trout size was nice with yearlings averaging a robust 11.5-12.5″. A good number of carryovers 16.5-17.5″ were also recorded in the creel survey. The majority of anglers were very happy with their outing. Not uncommon though, boat anglers had higher catch rates than shoreline anglers did. The largest size trout recorded in the creel was a 19.25″ rainbow trout; Park, 108 with 285 for 2.6: Sunny weather, pleasant air temperature, and light winds (<10mph). Angler success at Park Lake improved slightly from last year. Trout size was nice with yearlings averaging a robust 11.5-12.5″. A good number of carryovers 16.5-17.5″ were also recorded in the creel survey. The majority of anglers were very happy with their outing. Not uncommon though, boat anglers had higher catch rates than shoreline anglers did. The largest size trout recorded in the creel was a ~22″ brown trout; and Deep, 62 with 200 for 3.2: Trout were nice size (11-13″ yearlings and 16-19″ carryovers). The largest fish recorded was a ~19″ rainbow. Sunny weather, pleasant air temperature, and light winds (less 10mph).

Maple Valley Trout Derby

Okanogan County – Alta, 99 anglers with 214 trout for 2.1 fish kept per rod: yearling RB 10-12″ Largest 17″ Kokanee 11-13″; Pearrygin, 36 with 107 for 2.9: yearling RB 10″-12″, largest 18″; Conconully Lake, 59 with 201 for 3.4: yearling RB 9″-11″, largest 16″ No Kokanee; Conconully Reservoir, 36 with 109 for 3.0: yearling RB 9″-11″, largest RB 18″ No Kokanee; ; and Fish, 49 with 90 for 1.8: yearling rainbows 10″-11″, largest fish 15″.

Pierce County – Bay, 71 anglers with 216 trout for 3.0 fish kept per rod: Everyone was very satisfied but want triploids planted next year. Weather was great; Carney, 23 with 79 for 3.4: Nice weather, fish were in good conditions. Happy anglers; Clear, 78 with 255 for 3.3: Fishing was good. 25 kokanee kept; Crescent, 34 with 89 for 2.6: Good fishing, happy anglers. 90% catchables 10% carryover (~13″ long); Rapjohn, 47 with 168 for 3.6: Everyone caught a fish. Having good luck using wedding rings and worms. Weather was awesome.; Ohop, 60 with 102 for 1.7: Fishing was slow but big fish were caught. Avg size was ~13″ with large fish at 20″; Silver, 48 with 131 for 2.7: Nice fish, everyone was happy. A few large mouth bass were caught along with Yellow perch and crappie; and Tanwax, 56 with 159 for 2.8: Good fishing, happy anglers. Most were plunking using power bait.

Thurston County – Clear, 111 anglers with 344 trout for 3.1 fish kept per rod: Nice day, largest turnout in the last 5 yrs. Few carryovers caught ~19″; Deep, 55 with 179 for 3.3: Very happy anglers. Avg size 11-12″, 14 fish caught over 14″, one 18″ fatty; Hicks, 44 with 141 for 3.2: One bass released. Biggest fish kept 17″ with average 9-12″. Nice fish and satisfied anglers; Long, 50 with 106 for 2.1: Effort peaked at 9:30am. Few carryovers. Nice fish.; McIntosh, 64 with 143 for 2.2: Happy anglers, nice fish with a few over 15″. One Cutthroat released. Most anglers were having luck with wedding rigs; Pattison, 42 with 143 for 3.4: Nice day and lots of big fish; Summit, 52 with 129 for 2.5: Great fishing. Bigger fish than the past; and Ward, 55 with 181 for 3.3: Weather was great, happy anglers and nice fish kept.

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