The massive trout plants into west-side lakes continues with thousands more waiting to chump on an anglers bait.
On Monday, Nov. 17, state Fish and Wildlife planted Green Lake in North Seattle with another 11,000 trout averaging half-a-pound apiece. That is on top of 35,560 already swimming in the urban lake, minus some that have already been caught since the plants started on Oct. 20.
Once the dust settle at the end of this month with plants in Green Lake the total will be a whopping 70,500 trout.
Angle Lake just south of the Sea-Tac Airport on Pacific Highway also received 4,500 of the half-pound trout. Both the Green and Angle plants came from the Puyallup Fish Hatchery.
Long Lake in Thurston County received 2,000 1-1/2-plus pound trout, and Ohop Lake in Pierce County got 1,000 from the Eells Springs Fish Hatchery.
These trout are part of the 47 Western Washington lakes planted with 340,000 trout in October and November.
In addition, 19 west-side lakes had catch limits increased from five to 10 trout daily through Feb. 13.
The 10-trout daily-limit lakes are Angle, Bitter, Deep, Fenwick, Fish, Fivemile, Green, Holm, Langlois, Rattlesnake, Shadow and Walker in King County; Cranberry in Island County; North and South Gissburg and Tye in Snohomish; and St. Clair in Thurston.
In Vance Creek Ponds 1 and 2 in Grays Harbor, the bonus 10-trout daily limit is in effect through Nov. 30.
Beaver Lake near Issaquah was recently planted with 2,400 rainbow trout averaging about three pounds apiece. The daily limit is five fish, and only two can exceed 15 inches in length.
The stocking won’t stop there as some southwest Washington lakes will be planted by Nov. 28 for the “Black Friday Opener.”