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


June 07, 2000
Contact: Jim Byrd 360-902-8310

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Fish for free this weekend

The time has never been better to try your hand at fishing or return to the sport; Saturday and Sunday (June 10 and 11) is Free Fishing Weekend.

On those two days, no license is required to fish or gather shellfish in Washington, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announces.

"Free fishing weekend provides a great opportunity to introduce friends and family to fishing," said Jim Byrd, WDFW's fishing education coordinator. "Parents can introduce kids to fishing at free derbies scheduled at several waters across the state."

While no licenses are required for fishing this weekend, other rules such as size and bag limits and closures remain in effect. Fishing regulations and free catch record cards, required for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, halibut, and Dungeness crab, are available at WDFW offices and license dealers.

Here's a regional breakdown of fishing "hotspots" and telephone numbers anglers can call for additional information:

Eastern Washington (509) 456-4082:

  • Rainbow Lake (Columbia County)-- Good bank fishing access, with rainbow trout planted. Kids' fishing activities from 8 a.m.- noon, Saturday (June 10) hosted by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS); call Pomeroy Ranger District office at (509) 843-1891 for more information
  • Touchet River (Columbia County) Fishing for hatchery rainbow trout
  • Blue, Spring, and Curl lakes along the upper Tucannon River (Columbia County)-- Stocked with rainbow trout
  • Bennington Lake (Walla Walla County) -- Kids' fishing derby on Sunday, (June 11), sponsored by the USFS in Walla Walla, TriState Steelheaders , and WDFW
  • West Evans Pond (Asotin County) -- Planted with rainbow trout. Kid's fishing activities from 8 a.m.- noon Sunday (June 11), hosted by the USFS; call Pomeroy Ranger District office at (509)843-1891 for more information

North-Central Washington (509) 754-4624:

  • Blue and Park lakes (Grant County) -- Excellent fishing for rainbow trout
  • Burke and Quincy lakes (Grant County) -- Planted with rainbow trout
  • Potholes Reservoir (Grand County) -- Trout and warmwater fish such as walleye and bass
  • Rock Island ponds (Douglas County) - Planted with rainbow trout. Largemouth bass, bluegill and other warmwater species

South-Central Washington (509) 575-2740:

The following hotspot lakes will be stocked with catchable-size trout (2.5 to 3 fish per pound) just before the weekend:

  • Rotary and Clear lakes (Yakima County)
  • Mud and Myron lakes (Yakima County) Also trophy-size rainbows
  • Easton Ponds (Kittitas County) Also stocked with 200 one-pound trout. Fishing derby for all ages Saturday (no boats; bank fishing only) sponsored by the Easton Memorial Day Committee

Southwest Washington (360) 696-6211:

  • Klineline Pond (Clark County) Planted with rainbow trout, with some steelhead and warmwater fish
  • Rowland Lakes (Klickitat County) Largemouth bass, bluegill, and other warmwater species; also stocked with rainbow trout
  • Guler County Park (in the city of Trout Lake on the tributary of Trout Lake Creek in Klickitat County) Kids' fishing derby Saturday, hosted by USFS; call Mt. Adams Ranger District at (509) 395-3400 for information
  • Swift Power Canal (Skamania County) Stocked with rainbow trout. Kids' fishing derby, Sunday, hosted by the USFS; call Mount St. Helens Ranger District office at (360) 247-3933 for information

North Puget Sound (425) 775-1311:

  • Angle, Geneva, Pine Steel and Wilderness lakes (King County) Planted earlier this spring with "trophy- size" rainbow trout; other warmwater species such as bass available in some lakes
  • Armstrong, Blackman's Bosworth, Ki, Loma, Martha, Silver lakes and Gissburg Ponds (Snohomish County) Planted earlier this spring with "trophy-size" rainbow trout; other warmwater species like bass available in some

South Sound/Olympic Peninsula (360) 249-4628:

  • Bradley Pond and Tanwax Lake (Pierce County) Planted with rainbow trout; largemouth bass and other warmwater species available
  • Silver Lake (Pierce County) Planted with catchable and "trophy-size" rainbow; largemouth bass and other warmwater species available
  • Spanaway Lake (Pierce County) Planted rainbow trout, holdover "trophy-size" trout, and other warmwater species
  • Deep Lake (Thurston County) Planted with catchable rainbow trout; largemouth bass and other warmwater species available
  • Clear, Hicks, McIntosh, Ward and Offut lakes (Thurston County) Planted with catchable rainbows and "trophy-sized" trout; largemouth bass and other warmwater species available
  • Kitsap Lake (Kitsap County) Rainbow (including "trophy-size") and cutthroat trout, and warmwater species such as bass, bluegill and bullhead catfish
  • Sylvia Lake (Grays Harbor County) Good fishing for planted rainbow trout, with a few cutthroat and largemouth bass
  • Benson Lake (Mason County) Planted with catchable and "trophy-size" rainbows; largemouth bass and other warmwater species available