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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 21, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Grab a rod and reel, and head out to local lakes planted with more trout this week

photo (17)The engines and wheels on the state Fish and Wildlife hatchery trucks aren’t getting much rest in the past month with more west side lakes receiving a copious amount of trout.

In King County, Angle Lake south of Sea-Tac Airport was planted Monday (Nov. 17) with 4,500 trout on top of 8,400 that went in on Oct. 28 and Nov. 3.

Cranberry Lake in Island County was planted with 7,430 trout between Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 18-19) after getting 7,677 earlier in the month.

Deep Lake in King County received 2,100 on Tuesday to go with 2,800 on Nov. 4; and Shadow Lake received 3,000 on Tuesday (Nov. 18) after getting 9,000 on Oct. 22 and Nov. 6.

On Thursday (Nov. 20), Leland Lake in Jefferson County received 372 “jumbo” rainbows and Nahwatzel Lake in Mason County got 100 trout.

Hatchery crews stocked 1,100 trout averaging 1.25 pounds apiece on Wednesday (Nov. 19) at Spencer Lake in Mason County.

The most generous plants have been going into Green Lake in North Seattle with another 11,000 trout averaging half-a-pound apiece on Monday, Nov. 17. That’s on top of 35,560 (minus some that were already caught by anglers) since plants started on Oct. 20. In all Green Lake is expected to get 70,500 trout.

Also planted on Monday (Nov. 17) were Long Lake in Thurston County with 2,000 (1,000 went in on Nov. 6), and Ohop Lake in Pierce County with 1,000.

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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.”

For more information about the “Fall Into Fishing Program” go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/fall-into-fishing/. To follow the weekly trout plants, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.

 

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