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

ARCHIVED NEWS RELEASE
This document is provided for archival purposes only.
Archived documents do not reflect current WDFW regulations or policy and may contain factual inaccuracies.

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November 04, 2014
Contact: Chris Donley, (509) 892-1001, ext. 307

200,000 large rainbow trout stocked on Westside,
more to come for WDFW's Black Friday opener

OLYMPIA – With more than 200,000 large rainbow trout recently stocked and more on the way, Puget Sound and southwest Washington anglers can cross an early item off holiday wish lists.

For those fishing lakes in the Puget Sound area, thousands more trout will be stocked in coming weeks, and there are thousands of recently stocked trout available that can be pursued now and through the winter, said Chris Donley, inland fish program manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Increased bag limits are also allowed on 20 lakes in Island, King, Snohomish, Thurston, Pacific and Gray’s Harbor counties, doubling angler’s catch limits from five to 10 trout on selected lakes.

A list of lakes to be stocked, those offering the bonus bag limit, and the department's stocking plan is available for viewing at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/fall-into-fishing/.

Donley said he expects fishing to be great throughout the fall and winter months at all of these lakes. “Most of the trout are 11 to 13 inches long, with a few larger ones in the mix,” he said.

For the third year in a row, the department is also stocking lakes with thousands of extra-large fish averaging 15 to 16 inches and 1-1/4 pounds each in southwest Washington for the Nov. 28 Black Friday opener.

he six southwest lakes scheduled to receive fish before the opener are:

  • Battleground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County
  • Kress Lake in Cowlitz County
  • Rowland Lake in Klickitat County
  • Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County

The lakes in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis and Klickitat counties will be closed to fishing Nov. 24-27, when they will be stocked with hefty trout from the Mossyrock and Goldendale fish hatcheries.

“These are nice fish,” said Donley. “And, the department is offering a terrific excuse to skip crowded malls, and enjoy a fun day out on the water with family and friends.”

Also stocked in time for Black Friday is Leland Lake in Jefferson County.

For up-to-date stocking information this fall, anglers should follow the department on Twitter or Facebook, accessible from http://wdfw.wa.gov, or see the department's weekly catchable trout stocking report at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/

Anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2015, to participate in these events.

Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license vendors across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/.