Some local year-round lakes are blossoming early for spring trout fishing. "We've already stocked fish in three lakes, and have a plan to...
Some local year-round lakes are blossoming early for spring trout fishing.
“We’ve already stocked fish in three lakes, and have a plan to stock about 97,000 more trout this month,” said Justin Spinelli, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.
In Snohomish County, Gissburg Pond received 2,000 trout last week; Lake Ketchum, 2,000; and Martha Lake (Warm Beach), 3,000. In Island County, Lone Lake got 1,500.
In Kitsap County, Kitsap Lake received 4,952. In Mason County, Lake Kokanee was planted with 3,589; and Nahwatzel Lake got 5,497.
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“We’ve got many other lakes getting a good allotment of trout, and Green Lake (in North Seattle) will be stocked heavily with trout,” Spinelli said.
Lakes on tap for trout plants are Cranberry Lake in Island County; Alice, Angle, Beaver in Sammamish, Meridian, Rattlesnake and Sawyer in King County; Ballinger, Blackman’s, Cassidy, Chain, Flowing, Loma, Lost (Devils Lake) in Maltby, Panther, Shoecraft, Silver and Tye in Snohomish County.
Goodwin and Roesiger lakes also were stocked Dec. 4 with trout averaging 4 inches long, and all should grow to legal size (about 8 inches) by spring and summer.
“Kokanee fishing should start turning on pretty soon in Angle, Stevens, Cavanaugh and Samish lakes,” Spinelli said. “Folks can start looking for warm-water species. Yellow perch start spawning in late March, and will be schooling at shallower depths (10 to 15 feet).
“Water temperatures are still cold enough, but that won’t alter them from feeding, and some species should already be eating regularly to help build up their energy for spawning.”
State Fish and Wildlife updates its weekly trout catch reports in the middle of each week, although some of the stocking in lakes occurs on Thursdays and Fridays. For details, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html.
The traditional statewide lowland-lakes trout opener is April 27.
Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org