Another opening day of the lowland lakes trout season has come and gone. Anglers on both sides of the mountains had to deal with iffy weather: cold, wind, rain and occasional snow flurries.
State Department of Fish and Wildlife staff and volunteers reported checking 4,801 anglers with 11,100 trout from 116 lakes statewide on Saturday. Anglers checked statewide averaged 2.2 trout kept per angler, with many more trout caught and released during the day.
Here are the opening day reports from the department. The lake’s name is followed by the number of anglers checked, the number of fish kept, the number of fish caught per angler and some general notes.
Bay Lake: 107, 401, 3.75, 253 catchables, 100 jumbos, 48 carryovers; largest 16″.
Clear Lake: 91, 290, 3.19, Kokanee up to 13″, many fish greater than 12, a few greater than 16″.
Ohop Lake: 11, 17, 1.55, Lots of anglers, bite a little slow, cold and windy.
Rapjohn Lake: 68, 219, 3.22, Happy anglers, most fish greater than 12″, many greater than 16″. A few crappie.
Silver Lake: 69, 166, 2.41, Anglers happy to see resort open, brown bullhead catch higher than normal this time of year.
Spanaway Lake: 9, 13, 1.44 Cold, wet and windy. Not much effort.
Tanwax Lake: 60, 126, 2.10, Lots of anglers, fishing a little slow. Anglers familiar with the lake caught limits – lots of fish still in lake!
Clear Lake: 64, 237, 3.70, Best fishing in last few years. Catch was mostly 12-14″ diploid fish with a few legal plants at 9-11″.
Deep Lake: 64, 131, 2.05, Fishing good for most anglers but effort was lower due to weather.
Hicks Lake: 38, 32, 0.84, Fishing relatively poor. Most fish caught were 12-14″ jumbo diploids, few legal plants observed.
Long Lake: 37, 111, 3.00, Great fishing relative to recent years. Rainbows up to 18″.
McIntosh Lake: 70, 124, 1.77, Good fishing with many rainbows up to 14″.
Pattison Lake: 60, 106, 1.77, Many large fish in creel. Several brood stock up to 20″ observed. About 40 percent of the catch was legal plants.
Summit Lake: 65, 174, 2.68, Many carryover fish observed in the creel (14-17″) Effort down due to weather.