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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 20, 2015 at 8:08 AM

Break from the cabin fever and get out for some decent trout fishing action

bxtroutmainpic26The unseasonably warmer weather has many anglers seeking to bolt out the door in search of some good trout fishing.

The good news is a few local lakes have received early plants of trout like Rattlesnake Lake in King County got 4,089 trout on Feb. 11, which is open year-round and is catch-and-release only with selective gear rules in effect.

In nearby Mason County, Kokanee Lake was planted with 2,400 trout on Feb. 2; Lost lake received 150 cutthroat on Jan. 27; and Spencer received 350 cutthroat on Jan. 28. All three of these lakes are open year-round with a five-fish daily limit and only two trout may be longer than 14 inches.

In Thurston County, Offutt Lake was pplanted with 900 cutthroat on Jan. 27, and is open year-round. The lake has stocked rainbow trout, and can produce some decent action for largemouth bass, yellow perch, and brown bullhead catfish.

In Clark County, Battleground Lake was planted with 1,500 trout on Feb. 3 and 1,500 on Jan. 20; and Klineline received 2,176 on Feb. 3 and 1,500 on Jan. 20.

In Jefferson County, Gibbs Lake was planted 50 cutthroat on Jan. 29, and is catch and release for trout with selective gear rules. Leland Lake received 154 cutthroat on Jan. 29. Teal Lake was planted with 50 cutthroat on Jan. 29 with a one-trout daily limit.

In Cowlitz County, Horseshoe was planted with 2,398 trout on Jan. 29; Kress got 2,000 on Jan. 27; Sacajawea got 1,334 on Jan. 30; and Silver received 2,999 on Jan. 28.

Other lakes where anglers can target trout are American in Pierce County and Green in North Seattle.

Fly fishing has been relatively good at Pass Lake near Deception Pass and Lone Lake on Whidbey Island.




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