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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


April 17, 2000
Contact: Jim Uehara, 360-902-2738
Madonna Luers, 509-456-4073

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Trophy rainbow trout will make fishing opener special at 43 lakes

Attention fishers: this may be the year to land a real lunker.

Forty-three lakes in Washington, many close to urban areas, will be stocked just before the April 29 fishing season opener with rainbow trout up to three pounds apiece.

The special stocking is new this year, thanks to a state legislative directive for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to enhance fishing opportunities.

"Everyone likes to catch a big fish now and then," said WDFW Director Jeff Koenings. "This new program boosts those chances. In the face of growing restrictions on declining stocks of some wild salmon, steelhead, and other fish, it's one thing we can do to meet the sport fishing demand."

WDFW is planting 44,000 one- to three-pound rainbow trout that can grow large because they are sterile. These trout are sterilized by heat or pressure treatment in the egg stage to alter chromosome development, leaving them with three sets of chromosomes instead of two and thus referred to as "triploids." The fish can grow extra large because they spend all their energy feeding and growing instead of reproducing.

If the trout are not caught this year, they can provide true trophy fish catching opportunities in future seasons.

Fishing waters were chosen to receive the extra-large trout based on proximity to urban areas so that the maximum number of fishers could take advantage of the opportunity. Waters were also chosen on the basis of size and habitat conditions to handle quantities of the large fish.

By county, here's where and how many of the extra large rainbows are being stocked:

CountyLocation# of Fish Stocked
BentonColumbia Park Pond
600
ChelanWapato Lake
1450
ClarkKlineline Pond
980
CowlitzHorseshoe Lake
1000
FranklinRailroad Pond
800
Grays HarborFailor Lake
600
IslandLone Lake
850
KingAngle Lake
985
Geneva Lake
300
Pine Lake
1985
Steel Lake
940
Wilderness Lake
985
KitsapKitsap Lake
1275
KittitasNorth Fio Rito Lake
1275
Mattoon Lake
1175
KlickitatNorth Rowland Lake
1455
LewisFort Borst Park Pond
970
Mineral Lake
1290
MasonBenson Lake
675
Wooten Lake
600
OkanoganSpectacle Lake
2000
PierceRapjohn Lake
485
SkamaniaKidney Lake
980
SnohomishArmstrong Lake
485
Blackmans Lake
550
Bosworth Lake
985
Gissburg Ponds
370
Ki Lake
985
Loma Lake
480
Martha Lake (AM)
600
Martha Lake (WB)
985
Silver Lake
980
SpokaneClear Lake
1500
Liberty Lake
2500
Newman Lake
3750
West Medical Lake
700
ThurstonClear Lake
1075
Hicks Lake
1175
McIntosh Lake
875
Ward Lake
600
Walla WallaBennington Lake
740
YakimaMud Lake
300
Myron Lake
1000