2013 Black Friday Fishing
Choose Black Friday fishing
If you’re not a shopper or would rather skip the crowds then the Black Friday special fishing opener is for you!

Purchase a fishing license and get in on the outdoor
fun the Black Friday trout opener can provide

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Black Friday Fishing Opener Lakes
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will close fishing Nov. 25 on six year-round-open lakes in southwest Washington so that crews from the Mossyrock and Goldendale fish hatcheries can stock each with 2,000 extra big rainbow trout averaging 1-1/4 pounds each. The lakes will re-open to fishing the day after Thanksgiving, on Friday, Nov. 29.

Clark County

Cowlitz County

Klickitat County

Lewis County

Other Black Friday Fishing Opportunities

Jefferson County

  • Leland Lake
    975 rainbow trout averaging 1 pound each will be planted

Mason County

  • Spencer Lake
    2000 rainbow trout averaging 1 pound each will be planted


In the spirit of the special fishery and the food-centered holiday, WDFW fishery managers offer the following recipe:

Blackened Fish

  1. Preheat cast iron skillet or griddle, preferably on outdoor grill, until very hot.
  2. Dip thick (at least one-half-inch) fish fillets into melted butter and then into cajun blackening spice mixture (equal parts black, white and cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme).
  3. Cook in hot skillet about 2 minutes or until bottom is near black but not burned.
  4. Turn fillets, drizzle with more melted butter, continue cooking about 2 minutes. Serve immediately with dipping butter.
Fall into Fishing
During this Fall season the Department has been stocking dozens of year-round fishing season lakes in western Washington that will provide great fishing opportunity on Black Friday and well into the winter months. 

To find out which lakes and how many fish were stocked go to WDFW’s Catchable Trout Plant Weekly Reports.  

To get more when’s, where’s and how to’s for fishing these lakes go to WDFW’s fishing website Fish Washington



Share Your Photos! Share photos of your Black Friday catches and fun. Your photos could end up on our website, Facebook or in the WDFW image gallery. Make sure to put in the comments if photos were taken during the Black Friday fishery.

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Stocking truck releasing fishing into lake

Happy Thanksgiving and good fishing from WDFW!