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


May 01, 2006
Contact: Jon Anderson, 360-902-2711

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Fishing season opens with bigger crowds, good catches

Good fishing, combined with favorable weather, drew hundreds of thousands of anglers to statewide waters for opening day of the lowland lakes trout season April 29.

Fishery managers estimated that opening-day turnout was the highest in years.

“It was a fun day to be out fishing,” said Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fish biologist Jon Anderson of Olympia, who compiled creel checks from other staff across Washington.

WDFW staff and volunteers checked at least 5,518 anglers with 12,765 trout from 119 lakes. The top ten lakes by average kept-catch-per-angler (with a five-trout daily catch limit) were: Williams Lake in Spokane County (5); Fishtrap Lake in Lincoln County (5); Toad Lake in Whatcom Count (4.9); Round (4.7) and Fish (4.6) lakes in Okanogan County; Perch Lake in Grant County (4.5); Rocky Lake in Stevens County (4.5); Howard Lake in Snohomish County (4.3); Deer Lake in Island County (4.2); and Erie Lake in Skagit County (4.1).

With WDFW fish hatchery crews stocking lakes for the past year with millions of trout fry, “catchables,” “jumbos” and surplus broodstock, plus big triploids from private hatcheries, the opener provided catches of trout that ranged from eight to 30 inches. Juveniles at the Vance Creek ponds in Grays Harbor County caught some of the largest fish of the day – rainbows up to 30 inches, including a 13.6-pound steelhead.

The season continues through September at many lakes that opened April 29, and through October at some. Catch rates should continue to be good at most and will improve at others, Anderson noted, especially in a few areas that had lower fishing pressure over the opening weekend.

“The Olympic Peninsula’s good razor clam season competed for anglers’ attention this year and some areas of western Washington had cool and rainy weather,” he said. “Northcentral Washington is still thawing out from a long winter so some waters, like Beehive Reservoir in Chelan County, were still frozen. Trout fishing in those regions will only improve as the season continues.”

The complete creel report from April 29 is as follows:

County Water Anglers
Checked
No.
Trout
Average Trout
Kept/Angler
Chelan Clear Lake 31 73 2.4
  Lilly Lake 14 13 0.9
  Wapato Lake 56 196 3.5
Clark Battle Ground Lake 25 23 0.9
Douglas Jameson Lake 36 121 3.4
Ferry Ellen Lake 46 140 3.0
Grant Blue Lake     shore:0.7 boat: 2.0
  Deep Lake     0.3
  Park Lake     shore:0.8 boat:2.0
  Perch Lake     4.5
  Warden Lake     3.5
Grays Harbor Aberdeen Lake 88 163 1.8
  Failor Lake 74 140 1.9
  Sylvia Lake 54 73 1.4
  Vance Creek Pond #1 30 48 1.6
  Vance Creek Pond #2 59 83 1.4
Island Deer Lake 20 83 4.2
Jefferson Anderson Lake 81 49 0.6
  Sandy Shore Lake 96 225 2.3
  Tarboo Lake 86 102 1.2
  Teal Lake 42 71 1.7
King Geneva Lake 37 131 3.5
  Langlois Lake 49 146 3.0
  North Lake 33 97 3.0
  Pine Lake 89 323 3.6
  Rattlesnake Lake 66 209 3.2
  Steel Lake 77 263 3.4
  Wilderness Lake 121 346 3.0
Kitsap Mission Lake 18 58 3.2
  Wildcat Lake 86 136 1.6
Klickitat Horsethief Lake 33 72 2.2
  Rowland Lake 75 165 2.2
  Spearfish Lake 32 73 2.3
Lewis Carlisle Lake 46 123 2.7 
  Fort Borst Park Pond 77 113 1.5 
  Mineral Lake 212 324 1.5
  Plummer Lake 27 70 2.6
Lincoln Fishtrap Lake 5.0
Mason Benson Lake 72 139 1.9
  Devereux Lake 12 21 1.8
  Haven Lake 88 166 1.9
  Panther Lake 36 72 2.0
  Phillips Lake 57 96 1.7
  Spencer Lake 45 12 0.3
  Stump Lake 23 50 2.2
  Wooton Lake 110 263 2.4
Okanogan Aeneas Lake 4 0 0.0 (all released)
  Big Twin Lake 11 1 0.1
  Blue Lake (Sinlahekin) 16 16 1.0
  Conconully Lake 23 77 3.3
  Conconully Res. 18 40 2.2
  Ell Lake 4 0 0.0
  Fish Lake 18 83 4.6
  Leader Lake 53 91 1.7
  Long Lake 6 2 0.3
  Patterson Lake 21 29 1.4
  Pearrygin Lake 84 93 1.1
  Round Lake 38 177 4.7
  Spectacle Lake 6 20 3.3
  Wannacut Lake 27 98 3.6
Pacific Black Lake 44 11 0.3
Pend Oreille Marshall Lake 20 34 1.7
Pierce Bay Lake 94 162 1.7
  Clear Lake 81 299 3.7
  Crescent Lake 26 17 0.7
  Harts Lake 6 0 0.0
  Ohop Lake 60 139 2.3
  Rapjohn Lake 95 174 1.8
  Silver Lake 151 279 1.9
  Spanaway Lake 55 59 1.1
  Tanwax Lake 84 94 1.1
San Juan Cascade Lake 81 286 3.5
Skagit Erie Lake 61 252 4.1
  Heart Lake 60 210 3.5
  McMurray Lake 82 309 3.8
  Sixteen Lake 27 85 3.1
Skamania Kidney Lake 72 149 2.1
  Northwestern Reservoir 26 74 2.9
  Swift Reservoir 41 99 2.4
Snohomish Armstrong Lake 59 198 3.4
  Bosworth Lake 60 195 3.3
  Crabapple Lake 5 7 1.4
  Howard Lake 37 160 4.3
  Ki Lake 64 214 3.3
  Martha Lake (AM) 44 88 2.0
  Riley Lake 44 169 3.9
  Storm Lake 27 32 1.2
Spokane Badger Lake 4.0
  Clear Lake 2.2
  Fish Lake 3.0
  West Medical Lake 3.4
  Williams Lake 5.0
Stevens Cedar Lake 58 12 0.4
  Deep Lake 9 12 1.3
  Rocky Lake 12 54 4.5
  Starvation Lake 65 250 3.9
  Waitts Lake 60 143 2.4
Thurston Clear Lake 143 277 1.9
  Deep Lake 116 252 2.2
  Hicks Lake 22 27 1.2
  Long Lake 69 78 1.1
  McIntosh Lake 112 268 2.4
  Munn Lake 44 41 0.9
  Offutt Lake 6 0 0.0
  Pattison Lake 36 34 0.9
  Summit Lake 121 251 2.1
  Ward Lake 78 112 1.4
Whatcom Cain Lake 28 96 3.4
  Padden Lake 108 411 3.8
  Silver Lake 198 665 3.4
  Toad Lake 39 189 4.9