The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking local lakes, including in Thurston County, with large trout in time for some fishing after Thanksgiving — otherwise known as Black Friday.
But instead of facing long lines bright-and-early Black Friday, how about a fishing line pulled tight with a fish at the end of it?
“This is a great reason to avoid the holiday shopping stress just a little longer and enjoy a fun day on the water with family and friends,” Fish and Wildlife inland fish program manager Steve Thiesfeld said in a statement.
The “holiday specials” include thousands of large trout, 15-16 inches long, that weigh up to three pounds. Lakes also were stocked with milllions of smaller trout in spring, many of which have grown to catchable size.
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Some area lakes scheduled to receive fish for Black Friday fishing:
▪ Black, Long and Offutt lakes in Thurston County.
▪ American and Tanwax lakes in Pierce County.
▪ Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County.
Anglers 15 or older must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2018. Licenses can be purchased by calling 360-902-2464 or go to https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, or find a vendor location at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/.