State stocking trout in local lakes for Father's Day fishing

Staff reportJune 9, 2013 

State stocking large trout for Father’s Day fishing For the second year in a row, the state will be stocking lakes around the state with additional large rainbow trout in time for Father’s Day weekend.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife fish hatchery crews will be stocking 10,000 triploid rainbow trout in 20 lakes just before June 15-16. The list includes four South Sound lakes.

“This is the second straight year we’ve stocked trout before Father’s Day, and this year we’ve doubled the number of fish and added six more lakes to the list,” said Chris Donley, inland fish program manager, said in a statement. “A fishing license is a great Father’s Day gift and catching these big fish will make for some wonderful memories.”

Triploid trout are sterile rainbows that are voracious feeders and have the potential to grow to trophy size if not harvested the first season after stocking, according to the department.

The triploid trout, which average 1 1/2 pounds each, were purchased from private fish growers. The trout the state typically stocks weigh about one-third of a pound.

The 10,000 triploids to be stocked this month are in addition to about 42,000 triploids stocked in more than 100 lakes across the state earlier this year.

In addition, hundreds of other lakes have been stocked in Washington with millions of trout over the past year, said Donley.

The lakes by region and the number of triploids that will be stocked for Father’s Day weekend are:

North Puget Sound

King County: Green Lake, 1,500

Snohomish County: Blackmans Lake, 250; Gissburg Ponds (aka Twin Lakes), 250

Skagit County: Campbell Lake, 250

Whatcom County: Lake Padden, 250

Coastal/Olympic Peninsula

Pierce County: American Lake, 1,500

Thurston County: Clear Lake, 250; Hicks Lake, 250

Mason County: Mason Lake, 500

Grays Harbor County: Vance Creek (Elma) Pond No. 2, 100

Jefferson County: Sandy Shore Lake, 150

Southwest

Clark County: Horseshoe Lake, 250

South-central

Kittitas County: Cooper Lake, 250

Yakima County: Clear Lake, 500

Northcentral

Grant County: Park Lake, 400

Okanogan County: Alta Lake, 350; Conconully Reservoir, 750

Eastern

Spokane County: West Medical Lake, 1,250; Williams Lake, 400

Pend Oreille County: Diamond Lake, 600

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