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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 27, 2010
Contact: Patricia Michael (360) 902-2628 or
Robert T. Nelson (360) 902-2262

Weather limits the number of anglers on Opening Day,
but those who show up reel in some whoppers

OLYMPIA —Anglers are hearty folks, but cold weather, wind, rain and occasional snow flurries reduced the number of fishers on both sides of the state who turned out Saturday for the opening day of the lowland lakes season.

East of the Cascades, wind kept the number of boats down on some lakes, and many anglers waited until the wind died down in the afternoon to fish. At Wapato Lake, it appeared angler turnout was about a third of what it’s been in recent years. Those who did show up were rewarded. Creel counts indicated that the catch per angler was improved over a year ago, and that all fish were healthy and robust.

West of the mountains, anglers were excited about the size of the fish caught, but they, too, were kept in check by inclement weather. The catch in Pierce and Thurston counties was dominated by jumbo rainbow trout. Anglers reported that the quality of fish was good, and at Anderson Lake in Jefferson County, most rainbows measured in at a whopping 15-17 inches.

In a few areas, persistent wintery conditions, ice and mud delayed Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) hatchery crews from stocking some lakes before the opener.

“Hatchery stocking will continue,” said WDFW Fish Biologist Patricia Michael. “With the season on most opening-day waters running through September or October, there will be plenty of fish to catch.”

WDFW staff and volunteers reported checking 4,801 anglers with 11,100 trout from 116 lakes statewide. Anglers checked statewide averaged 2.2 trout kept per fisher, with many more trout caught and released during the day.

The top 10 lakes for angler success were: Cedar and Rocky lakes in Stevens County; Hart, McMurray and Erie lakes in Skagit County; Storm Lake in Snohomish County; Geneva and Steele lakes in King County; Swift Reservoir in Skamania County and Bay Lake in Pierce County.

WDFW staff and volunteers provided the following information from opening day creel checks:

2010 Lakes Opening Day Data 
County Lake Anglers
Checked
Fish
Kept
Species Fish/Angler Comments
           
Chelan Clear Lake 79 237 3.00 A few 18-20" fish.
Wapato Lake 42 155   3.69 Some large carryover rainbows.
     
Clark Battleground Lake Not surveyed  - not an Opening Day lake.
Klineline Lake         Not surveyed  - not an Opening Day lake.
     
Cowlitz Horseshoe Lake Not surveyed  - not an Opening Day lake.
Kress Lake         Not surveyed  - not an Opening Day lake.
             
Douglas Jameson Lake 55 137   2.49 Yearling rainbow 10".  Carryover rainbows 14".
           
Ferry Trout Lake 6 15 2.50 Largest fish was a 10" rainbow. Cool and windy - one tree down. 
           
Grant Blue Lake 61 112 1.84 Plus 4 released, total CPUE= 1.9. Yearling rainbows averaged 12.5 - 13 inches.  Tiger and brown trout in the catch.
Deep Lake 71 61 0.86 Plus 14 released, total CPUE=1.1. Shoreline anglers near the boat ramp fared well. Boat anglers were severely hampered by high winds. 
Park Lake 19 55 2.89 Plus 10 released, total CPUE= 3.4. Yearling rainbows averaged 12.5 - 13 inches.  Tiger and brown trout in the catch.
Perch Lake 46 43 0.93 Plus 14 released, total CPUE= 1.2. Rainbow trout ranged from 11-15 inches.
Vic Meyers 15 18 1.20 Brown and brook trout reported in catch. 
Warden Lake 31 105 Rb & Tiger trout 3.39 Plus 6 released, total CPUE=3.6. Yearling rainbows averaged 12 inches. 
           
Grays Harbor Aberdeen Lake 80 162 2.03 Plus 102 released, total CPUE=3.3. largest fish 19". 
Duck Lake 11 4 0.36 Plus 1 released, total CPUE=.45. Bad weather, water was turbid. N end of the lake has been good for crappie. 
Failor Lake 58 105 1.81 Plus 101 released, total CPUE= 3.6. Largest fish 6 lb 7 oz, 24 3/8 inches. 
Sylvia Lake 24 87 RB 3.63 Plus 7 released, total CPUE=3.9. Largest fish 16". 
Vance Creek Pond #1 60 63 RB 1.05 Derby winning fish were 4.55 and 5.35 lbs. 
Vance Creek Pond #2 35 56 RB 1.60 Largest fish 19".
           
Island Deer Lake 12 31 2.58 Plus 3 released, total CPUE= 2.8.  Low turnout, cold.
           
Jefferson Anderson 74 246 3.32 Hot fishing, mostly 15-17" rainbows; largest 20" carryover. 
Horseshoe Lake 3 2 0.67
Ludlow Lake 15 29 1.93 Plus 20 released, total CPUE=3.3. Some hi-grading for jumbos; largest 17".
Sandy Shore Lake 54 146 2.70 Good mix of catchables and jumbos; largest 23" broodstock.
Silent Lake 16 28 1.75 Plus 47 released, total CPUE=4.7. Some hi-grading for jumbos to 14".
Tarboo Lake 25 33 1.32 Plus 15 released, total CPUE=1.9. Largest 20" broodstock.
King Cottage Lake 32 52 1.63 Plus 20 released, total CPUE= 2.25.  Short trips due to weather.
Geneva Lake 15 75 5.00 Plus15 fish released, total CPUE=6.  Everyone caught limits, satisfied with size and condition of fish.
Langlois Lake 39 122 3.13 Plus 88 released, total CPUE=5.4. Cold and rainy, anglers were satisfied with numbers and size of fish.
Margaret Lake 48 141 2.94 Plus 206 released, total CPUE= 7.2. Cold and windy.
North Lake 22 21 0.95 Plus 14 released, total CPUE= 1.6.
Pine Lake 45 105 2.33 Plus 117 released, total CPUE=4.9.
Rattlesnake Lake 51 88 1.73 Plus 331 released, total CPUE=8.2.
Steel Lake 38 148 3.89 Plus 93 released, total CPUE=6.3.
Walker Lake 24 33 1.38 Plus 53 released, total CPUE=3.6. Weather was cold.
Wilderness Lake 43 118   2.74 Plus 32 released, total CPUE= 3.5. Kids got some big fish, largest 23".  Rainy and cold. 
           
Kitsap Buck Lake 15 34 2.27 Plus 18 released, total CPUE 3.5.
Horseshoe Lake 19 40 2.11 Largest 20" broodstock.
Mission Lake 28 55 1.96 Some high-grading for jumbos; largest 18" carryover.
Panther Lake 46 92 2.00 Lots of triploids and jumbos.
Wildcat Lake 41 68 1.66 Some high-grading for jumbos; largest 23" (6 lb) broodstock.
Wye Lake 31 107 3.45 Plus 73 released, total CPUE=5.8. Some high-grading for jumbos; largest 23" broodstock. 
Bainbridge Island Pond Juvenile derby - great event - report pending
Poggie derby         Juvenile derby - great event - report pending
           
Klickitat Horsethief Lake 16 45 2.81 Windy, rainy, cold.
Rowland Lake 45 116 2.58 Plus 197 released, total CPUE=6.9. People were happy to catch and release. Most fish were 15" and over diploids.  Two broodstock caught, one over 12 lbs. 
Spearfish Lake 2 2   1.00 Too cold, rainy, and windy to fish.
           
Lewis Carlisle Lake 61 45 0.74 Many small coho caught and released. 
Fort Borst Park Pond 66 99 1.50 Plus 58 fish released, total CPUE=2.7. Cold and rainy
Mineral Lake 154 258   1.68 Plus 133 released, total CPUE=2.53. Rain/snow.
           
Mason Aldrich Lake 14 46 3.29 Plus 22 released, total CPUE=4.8. Some high-grading for jumbos to 14".
Benson Lake 54 130 2.41 Plus 83 released, total CPUE=3.94. Some high-grading for jumbos; largest 19" triploid. 
Clara (Don) Lake 15 24 1.60 Plus 23 released, total CPUE=3.13. Some high-grading for jumbos; largest 20" carryover. 
Devereaux Lake 24 16 0.67 Low catch rate likely due to early stocking and predation by cormorants; largest 22" broodstock. 
Haven Lake 25 90 3.60 Largest 18" triploid.
Howell Lake 21 20 0.95 Plus 42 released, total CPUE=2.95. - many catch-and-release anglers. 
Panhandle Lake 0 0 CT & RB NA 4-H Camp closed and limited angler access.
Phillips Lake 36 44 1.22 Plus 30 released, total CPUE=2.05. Some high-grading for jumbos; largest 16".
Robbins Lake 20 20 1.00 Largest 14" jumbo.
Stump Lake 38 97 Rb 2.55 Plus 56 fish released, total CPUE=4.0. Light pressure, anglers were satisfied. 
Tiger Lake 66 107 1.62 Plus 45 released, total CPUE=2.3. Some high-grading for jumbos; largest 16" triploid.
Wildberry Lake 10 1 0.10 Lakeside owners happy with fish stocked. 
Wood Lake 8 8 1.00 Plus 12 released, total CPUE=2.5. Some high-grading for jumbos to 14".
Wooten Lake 56 138   2.46 Plus 67 released, total CPUE=3.66. Some high-grading for jumbos; largest 17" cutthroat and 18" rainbow. 
           
Okanogan Alta Lake 127 332 2.61 Yearling rainbow 9". Carryover rainbow 13".
Conconully Lake 121 251 2.07 Yearling rainbow 10-11". Carryover rainbow 14". Largest fish 24".
Conconully Res. 65 130 2.00 Yearling rainbow 11". Carryover rainbow 14". Largest fish 20".
Fish Lake 93 272 2.92 Yearling rainbow 10-11". 
Pearrygin Lake 33 146   4.42 Yearling rainbow 10". Carryover rainbow 14". Triploid rainbow 15-17 inches.
             
Pacific Black Lake 28 11 2 RB,      1 Triploid 0.39 Plus 3 released, total CPUE= .5.  Largest fish 3.25 lbs, 19 3/8 inches. 
           
Pend Oreille Big Meadow Lake 8 22 2.75 Largest fish was a 14" rainbow. Cold and snowing, windy.
Yokum Lake 11 28   2.55 One 12.5" cutthroat. Cool and windy. 
           
Pierce Bay Lake 107 401 3.75 253 catchables, 100 jumbos, 48 carryovers; largest 16".
Clear Lake 91 290 Kokanee & rainbow 3.19 Plus 205 released, total CPUE=5.4. Kokanee up to 13", many fish greater than 12, a few greater than 16".
Ohop Lake 11 17 Rainbows & some bullheads  1.55 Plus 16 released, total CPUE=3.0. Lots of anglers, bite a little slow, cold and windy. 
Rapjohn Lake 68 219 3.22 Plus 30 released, total CPUE=3.7.Happy anglers, most fish greater than 12", many greater than 16".  A few crappie.
Silver Lake 69 166 RB - Brn 2.41 Plus 47 released, total CPUE=3.1. Anglers happy to see resort open, brown bullhead catch higher than normal this time of year.
Spanaway Lake 9 13 1.44 Cold, wet and windy.  Not much effort.
Tanwax Lake 60 126   2.10 Plus 57 released, total CPUE=3.1. Lots of anglers, fishing a little slow. Anglers familiar with the lake caught limits - lots of fish still in lake!
           
Skagit Erie Lake 46 186 4.04 Plus 57 released, total CPUE=5.3. Happy anglers enjoyed triploid trout. 
Heart Lake 31 146 4.71 Plus 49 releases, total CPUE=6.3.  Best fishing in a long time, anglers liked triploid trout. 
McMurray Lake 74 281 3.80 Plus 35 released, total CPUE=4.3. Anglers liked size, catch rate and condition of fish. 
Sixteen Lake 35 71   2.03 Plus 22 released, total CPUE=2.7.  4 holdovers (16"). 
           
Skamania Kidney Lake 36 47 1.31 Plus 99 released, total CPUE=4. Anglers happy to catch and release fish.  One large brown trout 2+ lbs caught. 
Northwestern Reservoir 9 28 3.11 Plus 114 released.  
Swift Reservoir 46 175   3.80 Plus 23 released, total CPUE=4.3. 109 of the catch were coho, plus 66 rainbow. 
           
Snohomish Armstrong Lake 26 66 2.54 Plus 48 released, total CPUE=4.4. Light rain.
Bosworth Lake 27 68 2.52 Plus 83 released, total CPUE=5.6. Cold.
Echo Lake (Maltby) Not surveyed. 
Howard Lake 65 182 N/A 2.80 Plus 64 released, total CPUE=3.8. 
Ki Lake 51 95 1.86 Plus 59 released, total CPUE=3.0. Cold and breezy. 
Martha Lake (AM) 30 70 2.33 Plus 55 released, total CPUE= 4.2. Good mix of adults and kids. 
Riley Lake 32 95 2.97 Plus 52 released, total CPUE=4.6. Anglers satisfied with fish size. 
Serene Lake 17 25 1.47 Plus 15 released, total CPUE=2.4. Some limits, some 100% released.
Stickney Lake 1 2 2.00 Plus 2 released, total CPUE=4.  Cold and windy.
Storm Lake 10 43 4.30 Plus 14 released, total CPUE=5.7. Lower effort, trout healthy.
Wagner Lake 1 1   1.00 Windy and cold. 
           
Spokane Badger Lake 64 109 1.70 Largest rainbow caught was 23".
Clear Lake 38 22 0.58
Fish Lake 104 105 1.01 Several 22-27" tiger trout caught. 
Fishtrap Lake 35 77 2.20
West Medical Lake 81 180 2.22
Williams Lake 90 211   2.34  
           
Stevens Cedar Lake 10 50 5.00 Largest fish was a 13' rainbow.  Cool and windy. 
Deep Lake 7 25 3.57 11" rainbow and 11" cutthroat checked.  Cool and windy.
Mudgett Lake 8 20 2.50 Largest fish was a 19" rainbow.  Cool and windy. 
Rocky Lake 19 84 4.42 Largest fish was a 14" rainbow.  Very windy - some trees down. 
Starvation Lake 13 43 3.31 Largest fish was a 13" rainbow.  Cool and windy. 
Waitts Lake 27 64   2.37 Largest fish was a 20" brown trout. Cool and windy. 
           
Thurston Clear Lake 64 237 3.70 Plus 83 released, total CPUE=5.0. Best fishing in last few years.  Catch was mostly 12-14" diploid fish with a few legal plants at 9-11". 
Deep Lake 64 131 2.05 Plus 29 released, total CPUE= 2.5.  Fishing good for most anglers but effort was lower due to weather.
Hicks Lake 38 32 0.84 Plus 5 released, total CPUE= 1. Fishing relatively poor.  Most fish caught were 12-14" jumbo diploids, few legal plants observed. 
Long Lake 37 111 3.00 Plus 19 released, total CPUE= 3.5. Great fishing relative to recent years. Rainbows up to 18".
McIntosh Lake 70 124 1.77 Plus 127 released, total CPUE= 3.6.  Good fishing with many rainbows up to 14".
Pattison Lake 60 106 1.77 Plus 66 released, total CPUE= 2.9.  Many large fish in creel. Several brood stock up to 20" observed. About 40% of the catch was legal plants. 
Summit Lake 65 174 2.68 Plus 48 released, total CPUE= 3.4. Many carryover fish observed in the creel (14-17") Effort down due to weather. 
           
Whatcom Cain Lake 28 75 2.68 Plus 32 released, total CPUE=3.8. Catch rates a little low, but anglers happy with size and condition of fish. 
Padden Lake 46 156 3.39 Plus 15 released, total CPUE=3.7.  46 of the 156 fish kept were triploids. Lots of families despite crowded boat ramp and harsh weather. 
Silver Lake 192 316 1.65 Plus 113 released, total CPUE=2.2. 
Toad Lake 43 110   2.56 Plus 101 released, total CPUE=4.9. Lots of triploids caught.