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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Trout bite and water quality good at Jameson Lake in Douglas County

Word has spread through the media that Jameson Lake in Douglas County was having some issues, which is totally false.

According to the two resorts that reside on the lake the negative news has definitely affected business since last weekend’s opening day of the statewide lowland lakes trout season.

In light of this news, Dave Graybill, a longtime outdoor writer in Eastern Washington, visited Jameson Lake this past week and found the trout fishing and water quality to be just fine.

“I personally verified the lake was in good condition with no algae bloom as was reported in the news,” Graybill said. “The quality of the fish was excellent and the fishing has been good.”

Graybill saw lots of trout in the 15 to 16 inch range along with some 19 inchers.

A creel check from Jameson last Saturday showed 62 anglers caught 134 trout and released six for a 2.3 fish caught per rod and 2.2 fish kept per rod.

James had a algae outbreak a few years ago, but water quality was good all last season. The lake covers 388 acres and resides in a treeless sage and ledge rock area near the head of the Moses Coulee just south of Mansfield.

The carryover survival of 128,330 fingerlings planted in May of 2013 was good, and anglers were reporting a good number of nice size fish.

Jameson was also planted for the opener with 7,500 rainbow trout and 600 triploid trout.

It is usually a top producer of rainbow trout and has a shorter window of fishing opportunity and opened on April 26 and then closes after July 4. Fishing reopens for fall fishing in October.

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