Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) hatchery crews are adding nearly 62,000 big, triploid, rainbow trout to 91 fishing lakes across the state in preparation for the April 30 season opener.
The fish average one-and-half pounds each at the time they are stocked. As triploids- sterile trout that only feed and grow- they have the potential to reach trophy size, if not harvested in the first season.
"These lunkers kind of sweeten the pot for anglers who have been counting the days to the biggest fishing season opener of the year," said WDFW Resident Trout Manager Jon Anderson.
"The lakes are well stocked with last year's fry and fingerling plants, which grow well, too, plus this spring's catchable-size trout," Anderson noted. "These triploids just add to the possibilities of catching big fish."
A few fishing waters in almost every county in the state receive triploids this spring. The full list where is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/plants/2005triploid.htm on the WDFW Internet website or at any WDFW regional office.