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

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April 28, 2008
Contact: Jon Anderson, (360) 902-2711

Weather boosts spirits at lowland lake fishing opener

Slightly lower than usual catch rates during Washington’s lowland lake fishing season opener Saturday didn’t bother most anglers, who were happy to enjoy long-awaited warm weather.

“We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather for lowland lake opener,“ said Jon Anderson, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fish biologist, who compiled results from creel checks across the state.

“Anglers of all ages caught lots of nice trout, including several real lunkers,” Anderson said, “but because waters remained cool so long into spring, catch rates tended to be lower in many lakes. However, the fish will still be there later in this five-to six-month season.”

Some lakes in eastern Washington remained ice covered or inaccessible due to lingering snow. Fish size was noticeably smaller than normal at lakes where cold water and ice cover delayed foraging.

WDFW staff and volunteers checked more than 3,500 anglers with about 6,000 trout from 100 lakes across Washington. The statewide average catch rate was 1.7 trout per angler. The top 10 lakes for angler success were: Skagit County’s McMurray, Heart and Sixteen lakes; Stevens County’s Deep and Rocky lakes; Spokane County’s Williams Lake; Grant County’s Blue and Warden lakes; San Juan County’s Cascade Lake; and Snohomish County’s Howard Lake.

The following specific creel checks were reported:

County Water Anglers
Checked
No.
Trout
Average Trout
Kept/Angler
Chelan Beehive Reservoir Frozen over and inaccessible
  Clear Lake 37 91 2.46
  Lilly Lake 21 15 0.71
Wapato Lake 86 92 1.07
Grant Blue Lake 41 165 4.0
Deep Lake 64 266 4.2
  Park Lake 126 472  3.7
  Perch Lake 31 112 3.6
  Vic Meyers (Rainbow) Lake 36 57 1.6
Warden Lake 21 83 4.0
Grays Harbor Aberdeen Lake 113 158 1.4
  Failor Lake 52 105 2.02
  Sylvia Lake 20 45 1.35
  Vance Creek Pond #1 36 19 0.53
Vance Creek Pond #2 52 2 0.04
Island Deer Lake 19 39 2.1
Goss Lake 2 10 5.0
Jefferson Anderson Lake 48 179 3.73
  Sandy Shore Lake 47 103 2.2
  Tarboo Lake 56 67 1.2
King Cottage Lake 49 66 1.35
  Geneva Lake 44 126 2.86
Langlois Lake 58 99 1.71
  Pine Lake 92 247 2.68
  Rattlesnake Lake 50 93 1.86
  Steel Lake 54 207 3.83
Wilderness Lake 103 247 2.4
Kitsap Horseshoe Lake 18 3 0.17
Mission Lake 30 737 2.43
Klickitat Horsethief Lake 14 14 1
  Rowland Lake 59 130 2.2
Spearfish Lake 33 70 2.12
Lewis Carlisle Lake 39 89 2.28
  Fort Borst Park Pond 69 107 1.55
Mineral Lake 109 157 1.44
Plummer Lake 13 6 0.46
Lincoln Fishtrap Lake 17 55 3.2
Mason Benson Lake 42 97 2.3
  Haven Lake 36 104 2.9
  Stump Lake 21 59 2.81
Tiger Lake 91 184 2.02
Wooton Lake 62 137 2.21
Okanogan Alta Lake 49 115 2.3
  Conconully Lake 18 48 2.7
  Conconully Reservoir 35 90 2.6
  Jameson Lake 36 39 1.1
  Leader Lake 31 113 3.6
  Patterson Lake 10 22 2.2
Pearrygin Lake 29 36 1.2
  Spectacle Lake 6 24 4.0
Pacific Black Lake (Ilwaco) 37 27 0.73
Pend Oreille Diamond Lake 32 27 0.53
Marshall Lake Lake frozen over
Yocum Lake 1 5 5.0
Pierce Bay Lake 77 204 2.65
  Carney Lake 11 7 0.64
  Clear Lake 83 293 3.53
  Crescent Lake 35 75 2.1
  Ohop Lake 53 66 1.25
Rapjohn Lake 102 136 1.33
Silver Lake 56 133 2.38
  Spanaway Lake 38 67 1.76
Tanwax Lake 72 146 2.03
San Juan Cascade Lake 35 140 4.0
Skagit Erie Lake 70 276 3.9
  Heart Lake 50 220 4.4
  McMurray Lake 59 261 4.4
Sixteen Lake 30 128 4.3
Skamania Kidney Lake 57 72 1.26
  Northwestern Reservoir 25 94 3.76
Swift Reservoir Opens Memorial Day Weekend
Snohomish Armstrong Lake 45 114 2.5
Bosworth Lake 37 33 0.89
  Howard Lake 30 119 4.0
  Ki Lake 53 189 3.6
  Martha Lake (Alderwood Manor) 66 96 1.45
Riley Lake 27 63 2.3
Serene Lake 13 14 1.08
Stickney Lake 18 5 0.28
Storm Lake 27 65 2.41
Spokane Badger Lake 42 81 1.9
  Clear Lake 23 38 1.6
  Fish Lake 39 125 3.2
  West Medical Lake 62 58 0.94
Williams Lake 44 186 4.2
Stevens Cedar Lake 15 5 0.86
  Deep Lake 8 10 1.25
Rocky Lake 16 64 4.0
  Starvation Lake - - 2.9
Waitts Lake 32 37 1.15
Thurston Clear Lake 109 47 0.43
  Deep Lake 49 89 1.82
  Hicks Lake 43 35 0.81
  Long Lake 86 37 0.43
  McIntosh Lake 79 160 2.03
  Munn Lake 23 38 1.65
Pattison Lake 26 23 0.88
Summit Lake 67 66 0.99
Ward Lake 90 75 0.88
Whatcom Cain Lake 32 72 2.3
  Padden Lake 99 273 2.8
  Silver Lake 126 368 2.9
Toad Lake 35 133 3.8