The state plans to stock 33 Western Washington lakes with 75,000 large rainbow trout this fall. The effort is part of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s new Fall into Fishing promotion.
The stocking will continue into November, leading up to the department’s second-annual “Black Friday” fishing event on the day after Thanksgiving.
“We’re launching Fall into Fishing in response to requests from anglers to increase year-round trout fishing opportunities in Western Washington,” Chris Donley, inland lakes program manager, said in a news release.
During the next two months, anglers can expect 12- to 17-inch trout as well as some 5-6 pounders at many Puget Sound and Southwest Washington lakes, Donley said.
“Last year’s Black Friday event was very successful,” Donley said in the release. “We decided to repeat it and also significantly expand our fall stocking. As always, we encourage anglers to get out and enjoy the abundant fishing resources available to Washington residents, and we encourage everyone to get family and friends involved in the sport of fishing.”
For the inaugural Black Friday event, the state stocked six Southwest Washington lakes with 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 11/4 pounds each.
Three King County lakes — Morton, Green, and Meridian — already have been stocked, as well as Silver Lake in Snohomish County.
STOCKING PLAN: The Fall into Fishing stocking plan is available online at wdfw.wa.gov/news/attach/oct0413a_fish_plants.pdf. For up-to-date stocking information, see the department’s weekly catchable trout stocking report at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly.
LICENSES: Anglers are reminded they must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2014. Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, by telephone at 866-246-9453 or at hundreds of license vendors across the state. For license vendor locations, go to wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors.
PARKING PERMITS:Anglers parking at department water-access sites are required to display on their vehicle the WDFW Vehicle Access Pass that is provided free with every annual fishing license purchased. The passes are transferable between two vehicles. Anglers who use Washington State Parks or Department of Natural Resource areas need a Discover Pass. For more information on the pass, visit discoverpass.wa.gov.
KNOW THE RULES: Before heading out, anglers should check fishing regulations, which are available at license vendors and on the department’s website at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.
Area lakes to be stocked
Of note: 20 of the fish at Bradley Lake will weigh 5-6 pounds; 1,200 of the fish at Kapowsin will weigh 11/2 pounds; the fish at Whitman will weigh 2-3 pounds.
Of note: 2,000 of the Spencer Lake fish will be stocked for Black Friday.