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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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March 29, 2001
Contact: Jim Uehara, (360) 902-2738

Eastside lakes to be stocked with large triploid trout

In mid-April Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) hatchery crews will stock 24 eastern Washington fishing lakes with 31,400 extra-large triploid rainbow trout.

The big trout, averaging 1.5-pounds each, are called triploids because they have three sets of chromosomes instead of the normal two; that makes them sterile, so all their feeding and energy goes into growth, rather than reproduction.

"This is the second year we've been authorized and funded by the Legislature to stock these big fish to help make up for loss of recreational fishing due to recent salmon and steelhead listings," explained Jim Uehara, WDFW's resident native fish program manager.

This year WDFW's triploid stocking effort will be twice as many fish as last year 84,000 total -- in close to twice as many waters as last year -- 77 across the state.

The fishing lakes receiving triploids were chosen because they provide relatively easy access for a maximum number of people statewide, as legislatively directed. Of the 77 waters stocked, 53 are in western Washington and 24 are in eastern Washington.

Triploids will be stocked throughout the spring. Some western Washington lakes that were stocked earlier this month will be stocked again in April and May. Most of the triploids will be stocked the week of April 17 in waters that open to fishing April 28.

The eastside fishing waters to receive triploids are:

CountyWaterNumber
AsotinGold Course Pond300
West Evans Pond300
BentonColumbia Park Pond1,050
ChelanWapato Lake1,480
FranklinRailroad Pond1,400
Grant Deep Lake1,500
KittitasFio Rito North Lake2,230
Mattoon Lake2,050
LincolnFishtrap Lake1,000
OkanoganSpectacle Lake3,500
Pend OreilleDiamond Lake1,000
SpokaneAmber Lake200
Badger Lake 750
Clear Lake1,400
Liberty Lake2,500
Newman Lake3,000
North Silver Lake 200
West Medical Lake2,200
Williams Lake 750
StevensWaitts Lake 720
Walla WallaBennington Lake1,200*
Quarry Pond 400
YakimaMyron Lake1,750
Mud Lake520
(*400 fish provided by Tri-State Steelheaders)

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