YAKIMA -- State fisheries officials in south central Washington are busy
stocking large numbers of catchable-sized rainbow trout in local lakes and ponds in
preparation for opening day of fishing this Saturday.
Although most lakes in the region are open to fishing year-round, the
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks large numbers of trout in local
waterways in late April in anticipation of increased angler activity.
"So far this year, about 160,000 trout have been planted in regional waters, and
most of those fish were planted during mid-April," said Keith Wolf, who oversees
WDFW's fisheries programs for the region.
"By early summer, we'll have planted about 250,000 trout," Wolf added. "By fall,
another 30,000 or so will be planted."
Anglers fishing local lakes should see a mix of rainbow and carryover brown
trout, or fish that survived a full year. Some rainbow trout that recently were stocked
should weigh well over a pound.
"This should be an excellent time to get outdoors with the family, get some fresh
air and sunshine, and catch some fish," said WDFW fisheries biologist Eric Anderson,
who is coordinating the fish stocking activities.
A fish stocking list may be obtained at WDFW's Region 3 office in Yakima at
1701 S. 24th Ave. Additional information on angling opportunities is also available at the
Anglers are reminded to check WDFW's fishing rules pamphlet for catch limits
and gear restrictions.