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


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April 21, 2003
Contact: Jim Uehara, (360) 902-2738
or John Hisata, (360) 902-2797

Big trout stocked this week for Saturday's fishing opener

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fish hatchery crews are "sweetening the pot" with large trout this week in preparation for the state's fishing season opener Saturday (April 26).

Some 49,268 rainbow trout weighing 1-1/2 pounds or more are being stocked in 78 waters in 29 of Washington's 39 counties.

Raised at a private Troutlodge facility in Soap Lake, the trout were purchased by WDFW with funds specially allocated by the Legislature to provide additional opportunity for 300,000 fishing enthusiasts expected out this Saturday.

The trout are triploids, (so called because they have a third chromosome, compared to normal diploids). They are voracious feeders and have the potential to grow to trophy size if not harvested the first season and if sufficient forage is easily available. Most are going into lakes this week, although some were stocked last month and some are scheduled for later in May to extend fishing opportunity. Most lakes receiving the big trout open Saturday, but several are open year-round.

WDFW has stocked triploid trout for several years. This year's numbers are about 96 percent of what was stocked last year, due to increased costs for both fish and distribution. However, there are five more lakes in the stocking schedule than last year. Two lakes were dropped and seven added to improve distribution and mix of triploids with other trout plants.

The table below lists all state waters receiving triploids.

Region Lakes County March/April May
Eastern Diamond Pend Oreille 478  
Loon Stevens 478  
Waitts Stevens 478  
Fishtrap Lincoln 1,848  
Badger Spokane 1,915  
N. Silver Spokane 478  
West Medical Spokane 1,915  
Williams Spokane 1,440  
Bennington Walla Walla 575  
North-central Deep Grant 945  
Spectacle Okanogan 2,200  
Fish Chelan 935  
South-central Dog Yakima   1,608
Leech Yakima   1,070
Myron Yakima 325  
Mud Yakima 115  
Mattoon Kittitas 670  
N. Fio Rito Kittitas 1,265  
Railroad Franklin 270  
Columbia Park Pond Benton 190  
N. Puget Sound Angle King 500  
Geneva King 250  
Green King 1,090  
Meridian King 500  
Pine King 1,200  
Rattlesnake King 700  
Steel King 650  
Wilderness King 750  
Blackmans Snohomish 250  
Bosworth Snohomish 700  
Flowing Snohomish 300  
Gissburg Ponds Snohomish 950  
Martha AM Snohomish 950  
Martha WB Snohomish 500  
Silver (Everett) Snohomish 250  
Storm Snohomish 600  
Tye Snohomish 250  
Lone Island 350  
Campbell Skagit 500  
Clear Skagit 1,100  
Pass Skagit 200  
Squalicum Whatcom   200
Terrell Whatcom 500 450
Southwest Klineline Clark 1,150  
Horseshoe Cowlitz 891  
Kress Cowlitz 700  
N. Rowland Klickitat 2,850  
Kidney Skamania 859  
Wahkiakum Co. Ponds Wahkiakum 150  
Fort Borst Pond Lewis 290  
Mineral Lewis 560  
Olympic Peninsula/
South Sound
Benson Mason 480  
Haven Mason 460  
Phillips Mason 650  
Wooten Mason 480  
Kitsap Kitsap   750
Gibbs Jefferson   155
Horseshoe Jefferson 150  
Clear Pierce 300  
Harts Pierce   235
Ohop Pierce 500  
Rapjohn Pierce 125  
Silver Pierce 300  
Spanaway Pierce 550  
Tanwax Pierce 375  
Wapato Pierce 125 175
Clear Thurston 375  
Deep Thurston 150  
Hicks Thurston 300  
Long's Pond Thurston 75 100
McIntosh Thurston 235  
Munn Thurston   110
Offut Thurston   500
St. Clair Thurston   500
Ward Thurston 150  
Aberdeen Grays Harbor 145 60
Failor Grays Harbor 140 80
Sylvia Grays Harbor 140 60
TOTAL 78 lakes 29 counties 43,015 6,253