Local lakes being stocked with trout
Washington’s biggest fishing day of the year is Saturday, April 26, and state fish hatchery crews are getting ready by releasing millions of catchable fish in lakes across the state.
For this year’s lowland lakes trout opener, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to plant nearly 16.5 million fish in hundreds of lakes on both sides of the Cascades.
Within the past 2 weeks, over 2,300 rainbow trout have been planted into local waters, including Sylvia Lake, Vance Creek, and Duck Lake. These fish average 4 lbs apiece.
Across the state, the fish include 2.3 million catchable trout, nearly 115,000 jumbo trout weighing up to 11 pounds apiece, and more than 50,000 triploid trout averaging 1½ pounds each. Millions of trout that were stocked last year have grown to catchable size will also be available in lakes throughout the state.
Crews began this year’s stocking program in March and will continue through June. All opening day lakes will be stocked prior to the opener on April 26.
The WDFW says that if the catchable trout being released were laid end to end, they would stretch from Westport to Spokane.
Fish stocking details, by county and lake, are available in the annual stocking plan on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide/.