The wheels on the state Fish and Wildlife hatchery trucks are still spinning heading into this Thanksgiving week as two more local lakes received plants of trout.
On Monday, 2,000 trout from the Eells Springs Fish Hatchery went into Fish Lake in King County and 11,300 were planted at Lake St. Clair in Thurston County.
Elsewhere in King County, Angle Lake south of Sea-Tac Airport was planted Nov. 17 with 4,500 trout on top of 8,400 that went in on Oct. 28 and Nov. 3; and Deep Lake received 2,100 Nov. 18 along with 2,800 on Nov. 4; and Shadow Lake got 3,000 Nov. 18 after getting 9,000 on Oct. 22 and Nov. 6.
Cranberry Lake in Island County was planted with 7,430 trout Nov. 18-19 after getting 7,677 earlier in the month.
On 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 Nov. 19 at Spencer Lake in Mason County.
The heftiest plants occurred at Green Lake in North Seattle with 11,000 trout averaging half-a-pound apiece happened on Nov. 17. That’s on top of 35,560 (minus some that were already caught) since plants started on Oct. 20. In all Green Lake is expected to get 70,500 trout.
Also planted on 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.
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 planted early this month 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.
Fishing at Beaver started off well but with the cooler weather and colder water temperatures the action has been just fair at times.
The stocking won’t stop there as some southwest Washington lakes will be planted by Nov. 28 for the “Black Friday Opener.”