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Five tips to make opening day of trout season more enjoyable

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on April 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
April 27, 2011 3:37 pm

In all its press releases about the opening of the lowland lake trout season on Saturday, the state says about 300,000 people will head to lakes across the state.

That means some of our favorite lakes might be crowded.

Other people will be in a hurry to get on the water. People tend to make mistakes when they are trying to do things too fast.

If we let our anger rise, it could quickly spoil would otherwise be a great day.

More than 3.5 million rainbow trout have been stocked in lakes across Washington. (Jeffrey P. Mayor/Staff photographer)

So here are some things everyone who is headed out should remember:

  • Pack your patience. If someone is struggling to get their boat into the water at the ramp, don’t wail on the horn. It will only make the other person more anxious. Dads, if you’re planning to take your kids with you for the first time, be patient with them.
  • Pack your life jackets. Because of the cool, wet spring we’ve had, lake water temperatures are still pretty chilly. Should you have a misstep and end up in the water, a life jacket could be the best insurance you have. According to one website, 50 degree water equals 15 minutes before incapacity and/or unconsciousness with life jacket on, but 9 minutes without a life jacket.
  • Have your fishing license. Make sure you have a current license. Last year’s license expired at the end of March. You can bet the law enforcement officers will be out checking licenses.
  • Be sure your gear is ready. There’s nothing worse than getting on the water, only to realize your fishing line is frayed, you’ve left the Power Bait in the garage or the boat plug is no where to be found.
  • Have fun. Isn’t that the main reason we’re out there? Enjoy the camaraderie, the weather (hopefully), the chance to be outdoors and the thrill of the catch.

Good luck and tight lines!

If you would like to check out the stories about opening day I wrote for last Sunday’s section, click here.

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