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Report on opening day of trout season

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on April 30, 2009 at 10:55 am |
April 30, 2009 10:55 am

I was out of town early this week, so this is the first opportunity I’ve had to post this release from the state:


An improved average catch rate and some bigger fish made cool, windy weather tolerable for thousands of anglers during the April 25 Washington lowland lake fishing season opener.


“The blustery weather kept some people hunkered down, so the boat ramps were not as busy for this opener,” said Jon Anderson, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fish biologist, who compiled results from creel checks across the state. “But there were some pretty good catch rates and nice-sized fish caught.”


WDFW staff and volunteers reported checking 5,410 anglers with 12,497 trout from 121 lakes statewide. Anglers checked statewide averaged 2.3 trout per fisherman at lakes with a five-trout daily catch limit.


The top 10 lakes for angler success were: Spokane County’s Williams and Badger lakes; Horseshoe and Island lakes in Kitsap County; Okanogan County’s Pearrygin Lake; Skagit County’s Erie Lake; Steel Lake in King County; Snohomish County’s Howard Lake; Silver Lake in Whatcom County; and Cedar Lake in Stevens County.


In a few areas, persistent wintery conditions kept WDFW fish hatchery crews from stocking some lakes before the opener. However, hatchery stocking will continue, Anderson said. “With the season on most opening-day waters running through September or October, there will be plenty of fish to catch,” he said.


Here are the area lakes that were checked, including the number of anglers, the number of trout kept and the average number of trout kept by anglers.


Pierce County

Bay Lake 71 210 2.96

Clear Lake 89 206 2.31

Ohop Lake 84 182 2.17

Rapjohn Lake 33 106 3.21

Silver Lake 75 58 0.77

Spanaway Lake 31 34 1.10

Tanwax Lake 54 92 1.70


Thurston County

Clear Lake 61 61 1.00

Deep Lake 27 47 1.74

Hicks Lake 53 84 1.58

Long Lake 41 82 2.00

McIntosh Lake 113 101 0.89

Munn Lake 25 78 3.12

Pattison Lake 27 47 1.74

Summit Lake 80 159 1.99

Ward Lake 47 118 2.5


Kitsap County

Buck Lake 21 19 0.90

Horseshoe Lake 24 117 4.88

Island Lake 10 45 4.50

Kitsap Lake 9 3 0.33

Mission Lake 39 138 3.54

Panther Lake 42 99 2.36

Wildcat Lake 36 126 3.50

Wye Lake 35 51 1.46


King County

Cottage Lake 55 66 1.20

Geneva Lake 35 70 2.00

Langlois Lake 49 129 2.63

Margaret Lake 74 208 2.81

North Lake 31 108 3.48

Pine Lake 98 269 2.74

Rattlesnake Lake 48 103 2.15

Steel Lake 31 140 4.52

Walker Lake 36 103 2.86

Wilderness Lake 121 339 2.80

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