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


May 02, 2005
Contact: Jon Anderson, (360) 902-2711

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Limits of trout caught statewide on fishing season opener

Hundreds of anglers reeled in limits of trout at many Washington lakes when the state’s single biggest fishing season opened Saturday.

Weather conditions for the April 30 opening of lowland lake fishing ranged from cool drizzle on the west side of the state to warm sunshine in eastern Washington.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff and volunteers checked a sampling of the opening day catch, contacting 4,295 anglers with 12,566 trout from 101 lakes. 

The top 12 lakes in catch-per-angler were:

  • Okanogan County’s Fish, Long, and Pearrygin lakes, where anglers averaged the daily catch limit of five trout;
  • Spokane County’s Williams Lake at five fish per angler, Fish and West Medical lakes at 4.9 per angler, and Badger Lake at 4.6 per angler;
  • Lincoln County’s Fishtrap Lake at 4.8 fish per angler;
  • Snohomish County’s Ki Lake at 4.7 fish per angler;
  • Grant County’s  Deep Lake at 4.7 fish per angler;
  • San Juan County’s Cascade Lake at 4.5 fish per angler; and
  • Skagit County’s Heart Lake at 4.5 fish per angler.

WDFW Resident Fish Program Manager Jon Anderson reported that fishing pressure seemed down in western Washington, perhaps due to cool, wet weather. Low water levels at some eastern and north central region lakes made boat launching a little more difficult, but didn’t seem to deter traditional crowds. An algae bloom at Douglas County’s Jameson Lake reduced catches at what was expected to be one of the better fishing lakes in the north central region.

Large triploid trout and surplus hatchery broodstock were caught in many waters. The biggest reported was a 28-inch, 10-pound trout at Grays Harbor County’s Aberdeen Lake.

“There will be lots more fish, including big ones, to catch through this season which runs into the fall for most waters,” Anderson said.

The opener catch report by county and water follows:

County

Water

Anglers
Checked

No.
Trout

Average Trout
Kept/Angler

Comments

Chelan

Beehive Reservoir

42

156

3.71

Catch per angler similar to past few years

 

Wapato Lake

83

281

3.39

Effort and catch per angler similar to past few years

 

Clark

Battle Ground Lake

23

74

3.22

More fish (88) released than kept

 

Klineline Pond

N/A

No report - fishing derby last week

 

Cowlitz

Horseshoe Lake

15

22

1.47

Many triploids.  Angling all from boats

 

Kress Lake

38

94

2.47

One-third of catch - triploids.  1 Brown trout  Happy anglers

 

Douglas

Jameson Lake

68

158

2.32

Algae bloom.  Rainbow yearlings 10"-12", carryovers to 14"

 

Ferry

Ellen Lake

1.60

Rainbow ave. 8.5” - Lake rehabilitated in fall 2004

 

Grant

Blue Lake

106

309

2.92

Yearlings did better than expected, averages 14", some browns

 

Deep Lake

77

362

4.70

Catchables averaged 13".  No kokanee caught.

 

Park Lake

101

359

3.55

Yearlings did better than expected, average 14", carry-overs to 17"

 

Vic Meyers Lake

15

58

3.87

Rainbows averaged 13"; largest 18"   One 15-inch Tiger Trout

 

Warden Lake

82

299

3.65

Mostly 10-11" catchables

 

Grays Harbor

Aberdeen Lake

94

264

2.81

+44 Released; 11" Avg - L2s Avg 19" Biggest fish was 28" & 10lb

 

Failor Lake

71

193

2.72

+88 Relsd; Avg 11"; Triploids avg 15.5"; jumbos 18"

 

Sylvia Lake

18

43

2.39

Avg 10.5"  Largest 21.75"  Many Regulars on lake

 

Vance Creek Pond #1

34

50

1.47

+4 Rlsd; Avg 11", L2s Avg 20.25"; Big Fish = 16.1 lb Steelhead

 

Vance Creek Pond #2

59

46

0.78

+62 Rlsd; Avg 10.75", L2s Avg 20.7" - 31" 13lb 12oz big fish

 

Island

Deer Lake

21

76

3.62

7 AM count of 44 boat anglers - 88 fish released

 

Goss Lake

5

23

4.60

 

Jefferson

Anderson Lake

63

280

4.44

HOT Fishing!  Fewer fishers than last year.  Rainbow to 14"

 

Tarboo Lake

50

87

1.74

Many fish released.  Fish were bigger than average - to 19.5"

 

King

Cottage Lake

35

31

0.89

84 anglers @ 7 AM

 

Geneva Lake

23

95

4.13

7 AM 38 boat anglers

 

Pine Lake

59

132

2.24

237 anglers @ 7 AM

 

Steel Lake

40

104

2.60

 

Wilderness Lake

75

119

1.59

108 boats @ 7 AM

 

Kitsap

Mission Lake

40

123

3.08

Many fish released; Biggest fish caught was 19.5"

 

Klickitat

Horsethief Lake

47

92

1.96

108 rainbows released; Most success wasl from small boats

 

Rowland Lake

33

133

4.03

52 rainbows released; all boat anglers - none from shore

 

Spearfish Lake

47

147

3.13

Cloudy in a.m., then sunny and hot

 

Lewis

Carlisle Lake

71

134

1.89

221 trout released!  Some tagged fish

 

Fort Borst Park Pond

31

59

1.90

Excellent size, average 14.5 inches

 

Mineral Lake

49

120

2.45

Effort down from last year.  New boat ramp

 

Lincoln

Fishtrap Lake

4.8

Very Good!  Hatchery & triploid Rainbow trout 10-24”

 

Mason

Benson Lake

60

170

2.83

Fish to 20", few carry-overs; High angler count 158

 

Devereux Lake

28

19

0.68

High angler count 30; Biggest fish seen 20.25 inches

 

Haven Lake

26

72

2.77

High angler count 211; Biggest fish was 18" carry over - good fishing

 

Phillips Lake

28

99

3.54

Many fish released; Hot fishing!  High angler count 105; big fish = 19"

 

Tiger Lake

80

156

1.95

All "Jumbo" rainbows to 17"; more fishers than last year

 

Wooton Lake

81

247

3.05

Lots of early limits; big crowd this year.  Rainbows to 16"

 

Okanogan

Aeneas Lake

6

9

1.50

18" average;  Browns to 18", Rainbows to 20"

 

Alta Lake

54

213

3.94

16% of the fish caught were carryover rainbow 13"-17"

 

Big Twin Lake

16

58

3.63

Trout Lodge triploid rainbow, good catch rate

 

Blue Lake (Sinlahekin)

7

10

1.43

Rainbows to 20"

 

Conconully Lake

40

166

4.15

Yearlings 11"-12", 22% of catch are carryover Rb to 13"-17"

 

Fish Lake

24

120

5.00

Excellent catch rate on April planted rainbows post-rehab

 

Long Lake

11

55

5.00

Good catch rate on rainbows, but fish small

 

Leader Lake

23

53

2.30

Carry-over rainbow to 18"

 

Pearrygin Lake

34

170

5.00

Excellent catch rate, carryover rainbows to 17"

 

Round Lake

42

170

4.05

Good catch rate, carryover rainbow to 16"

 

Spectacle Lake

22

40

1.82

Carry over rainbow up to 15"

 

Wannacut Lake

22

74

3.36

Primarily rainbow yearlings

 

Pacific

Loomis Lake

15

7

0.47

Avg fish 10.7", Largest fish 15.25"; "Better fishing than last year"

 

Pend Oreille

Marshall Lake

1.2

Cutthroat trout length ave. 11.75”

 

Pierce

Bay Lake

111

192

1.73

All "Jumbo" rainbows.  Many early limits.  One carry over at 18"

 

Clear Lake

57

182

3.2

Good mix of fish size in each creel.  A few kokanees 8-10"

 

Ohop Lake

59

118

2.0

Largest about 18"

 

Rapjohn Lake

46

46

1.0

Catch slow early a.m.,  picked up later.  All 14-17", full of red worms

 

Silver Lake

295

-

295 fish checked, half 14-17", many Browns

 

Spanaway Lake

20

0

0.0

Poor Fishing.  Catch-and-release - about 2 fish/angler

 

Tanwax Lake

54

173

3.2

Jumbos averaged 14 to 16 inches.

 

San Juan

Cascade Lake

49

223

4.55

Lots of Happy Folks

 

Skagit

Erie Lake

49

166

3.39

191 anglers @ 7 AM

 

Heart Lake

42

190

4.52

315 anglers @ 7 AM

 

McMurray Lake

53

191

3.60

376 anglers @ 7 AM

 

Skamania

Kidney Lake

44

128

2.91

As many released as kept.  Warm and no wind

 

Northwestern Reservoir

11

37

3.36

Half of fish kept were triploids; very happy anglers

 

Swift Reservoir

21

9

0.43

Checked 5 Rb & 4 coho.  Released 4 coho & 2 bull trout

 

Snohomish

Armstrong Lake

81

229

2.83

103 anglers @ 7 AM

 

Bosworth Lake

46

78

1.70

136 anglers @ 7 AM, 10% of catch caryovers

 

Ki Lake

96

451

4.70

 

Martha Lake (AM)

81

68

0.84

7 AM -38 boats - low angler satisfication

 

Margaret Lake

0

0

N/A

Not Sampled

 

Riley Lake

40

133

3.33

 

Storm Lake

31

88

2.84

 

Spokane

Badger Lake

4.6

Fantastic fishing!  Rainbow trout 10-17”; Cutthroat trout 10-15”

 

Clear Lake

3.2

Rainbow trout 10-24”; Brown trout 10-21”

 

Fish Lake

4.9

Tiger trout 10-22”; Eastern brook trout 9-12”; Brown trout 17-21”

 

West Medical Lake

4.9

Heavy angler participation.  Primarily Rb - Triploid & brood trout 17-24"

 

Williams Lake

5.0

Rehabbed in 2003; resulted in Rainbows 10-24”; cutthroat trout 10-15”

 

Stevens

Cedar Lake

3.30

Rainbow trout 14.9-17.25”

 

Deep Lake

3.50

Length range: 8.75-12”   Combination of Rainbow, E. brook & cutthroat

 

Loon Lake

-

Rainbow trout 13-17”; Kokanee 10.5”; Lake trout up to 38” from 7-25 lbs

 

Rocky Lake

1.30

Rainbow trout 9.5-19.5” - Lake rehabilitated in fall 2004

 

Starvation Lake

4.10

Rb 11-16" Growth rate for yearlings & carryovers remains impressive.

 

Waitts Lake

0.78

Rainbow trout 11-23.5”; Brown trout 15-20”

 

Thurston

Black Lake

4

0

0.00

Year-round lake.  Last planted in March.  Low Effort

 

Clear Lake

84

131

1.56

Fishing fair for catchable rainbow.  Ttriploids to 17"  Brown trout to 16"

 

Deep Lake

81

197

2.43

Very good catch rates.  Over 30% of fish caught were 14-17"

 

Hicks Lake

41

93

2.27

Good catches of Rb catchables; a few larger fish (~17 inches)

 

Long Lake

67

178

2.66

Some carryover fish but good catches of triploid fish to 18".

 

McIntosh

56

171

3.05

Near limits for most anglers; some carryover rainbow to 18"

 

Munn Lake

45

117

2.60

Great fishing, many limits. Triploid & jumbo rainbow to 18"

 

Pattison Lake

33

155

4.70

Rb to 17"; browns to 16".  Excellent catches with limits for most anglers

 

Summit Lake

82

246

3.00

Heavy pressure and good catches of fish to 14-18" including a few carryover fish to 20".  A few kokanee 11.5-13"

 

Ward Lake

79

250

3.16

Very good fishing for many anglers with many limits of rainbow including carryovers and triploid to 18" and kokanee to 14"

 

Whatcom

Cain Lake

41

130

3.17

81 anglers @ 7 AM

 

Padden Lake

130

454

3.49

 

Silver Lake

261

732

2.80

 

Toad Lake

66

284

4.30

82 anglers @ 7 AM