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WDFW plants bigger trout for Saturday’s popular lowland lake opener, 300,000 anglers expected

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife promises Saturday’s lowland lakes season opener will be big in more ways than one.

As usual they’re expecting it to lure more anglers (300,000 or more) to the waters than any other opening day. Also, according to a statement released earlier this month, the trout will be “two to three inches longer than last year.”

The WDFW released 3 million hatchery-reared trout averaging 11-13 inches. WDFW director Phil Anderson said earlier this month that the department is responding to “anglers who really enjoy catching larger fish.”

Mineral Lake and Offut Lake resorts are

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Five tips to make opening day of trout season more enjoyable

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.

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

  • Pack your patience. If someone is

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Anglers battle elements to chase trout

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,

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