The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to expand its Black Friday lake-stocking efforts this fall. As usual, it will stock six Southwest Washington lakes with large trout. This year it plans to stock 10 other lakes statewide, including Pierce County’s American and Ohop lakes and Thurston County’s Offut and Long lakes.
ANGLE: This SeaTac lake was stocked last week with 3,500 rainbow trout
BLACK: Last week, the lake was stocked with 4,500 rainbows from the Lakewood hatchery.
LAWRENCE: This Thurston County lake was stocked last week with 525 rainbows.
OFFUT: Fishing success has increased as temperatures have decreased.
ST. CLAIR: The lake was infused with more than 6,500 rainbows last week.
GREEN: This Seattle lake was stocked with more than 3,000 rainbows recently for the third consecutive week.
COLUMBIA: A state report showed 41 bank anglers in Kalama kept four hatchery coho and one steelhead, and released one wild steelhead. There were no boats on the water. The Hanford Reach fall chinook fishery closed Oct. 31. More than 48,000 anglers landed an estimated 35,432 fall chinook. This is a record, besting the 2014 total of 32,427. The lower Hanford Reach is open for steelhead fishing.
COWLITZ: Chinook and coho are being caught at the barrier dam, and steelhead and cutthroats are biting near the trout hatchery. Last year, through the first week of November, 64,250 adult hatchery coho had returned to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery. This year 3,300 coho returned. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,131 coho adults, 1,103 jacks, 598 fall chinook adults, 20 jacks, 309 summer-run steelhead and 41 cutthroat. It released 140 fall chinook adults, 15 coho adults and 284 jacks near Franklin Bridge in Packwood.
KALAMA: The first winter-run steelhead have returned. One hatchery and four wild fish returned to Kalama Falls Hatchery last week.
KLICKITAT: Coho are biting in the lower river and at the mouth.
LEWIS: Anglers are catching chinook, coho and summer-run steelhead. The chinook were released. Fishing has been excellent in the Swift Reservoir with hatchery rainbows and landlocked coho and chinook biting.
TILTON: Last week, Tacoma Power released 199 coho adults, 600 jacks, 357 fall chinook adults, 18 jacks and three cutthroat trout at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.
HOOD CANAL: Chum salmon have been biting near the Hoodsport Hatchery.
SOUTH SOUND: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff reports people are still catching squid. The area is still open for crabbing.