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

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April 30, 2001
Contact: Madonna Luers, 509-456-4073

Weather reduced statewide fishing opener crowds so good catches extended through season

Wet, cold, and windy weather across much of Washington over the April 28 fishing opener weekend kept more anglers off the water than usual.

But Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials say that just means good fishing will extend longer through the five to six-month long season.

Many of those that braved the elements for traditional participation in the state's biggest fishing event found the catching at least as good as last year's opener. Northcentral Washington's Columbia Basin, which had the mildest weather over the weekend, was again a hot spot of activity and catch rates with half of the top ten producing lakes.

The top ten lakes, based on a catch rate of at least 4.9 trout per angler, were: Dry Falls in Grant County, Horseshoe in Jefferson County, Clear and Lilly in Chelan County, Perch in Grant County, Tiger in Mason County, Conconully in Okanogan County, Ward in Thurston County, Devereaux in Mason County, and Heart in Skagit County.

WDFW officials made the following creel checks across the state:

CountyLakeFish/
Angler
SizeComments
BentonColumbia Pk. Pd.0.5
ChelanBeehiveStill frozen
Clear5.010"
Lilly5.010" to 21"
Wapato4.810" to 14"14% triploids, 14"
ClarkBattleground2.7
Klineline1.4
CowlitzHorseshoe2.7
DouglasJameson3.811" to 16"
FerryEllen2.110" to 16"
FranklinRailroad Pd.0.5Low effort
GrantBlue4.08" to 20"BT 16" 8% of catch
Deep3.48" to 17"Triploids same size as yearlings
Dry Falls9.013" to 22"Wind kept anglers off water
Park4.111" to 15"Good numbers of anglers
Perch5.012" to 14"
Vic Meyers2.815"
Warden4.78" to 20"BT 16", 8% of catch.
Grays HarborAberdeen1.730"steelhead, largest fish.
Failor2.516"RB, largest fish
Elma Pds /Vance Cr.3.730"steelhead, largest fish
Sylvia1.015"largest fish
IslandDeer4.0
Goss2.9
JeffersonHorseshoe7.0Lots of catch & release, 20"ct
Ludlow3.2
Sandy Shore3.1RB to 17"
Tarboo3.1All catchables
KingCottage3.5Light pressure
Geneva3.4
Langlois3.4Pressure down
Margaret4.0
North2.0
Pine2.0Lots of limits early, lots of fish released.
Steel2.1
KitsapBuck3.117.75"RB largest fish
KittitasFio Rito, N.1.6Slow, rain chased fm off lake.
Mattoon2.1
KlickitatHorsethief0.8
Rowland3.5
Spearfish2.1
LewisCarlisle2.3
Mineral2.5
MasonBenson3.1Many carry overs
Devereaux4.918"RB largest fish
Nahwatzel2.318"RB largest fish
Phillips3.7
Stump3.318"RB largest fish
Tiger5.0All limits, RB to 19"
OkanoganAlta3.010" to 19"Effort down due to weather.
Aeneas2.011" to 22"Too windy, whitecaps!
Big Twin3.016"Carry over
Blue0.8Low water level.
Conconully Res.Limits in an hour
Conconully5.010" to 18"11.5% age 3+ (18")
Fish4.011" to 15"9% age 2+ (15")
Leader4.812" to 18"35% age 2+ (18")
Patterson1.411" to 14"65% age 2+ (14")
Pearrygin4.610" to 14"Two hours for a limit.
Round1.311" to 15"40% age 2+ (15")
Spectacle1.410" to 14"March 1 opener
Pend OreilleDiamond2.39" to 11"
Marshall3.08" ct
PierceBay1.4Fish to 16.5"
Clear3.514" to 17"carry over and triploids.
Ohop3.814" to 17"carry over and triploids.
Rapjohn1.4Fish to 25"
Silver3.0
Spanaway1.87" to 10"
Tanwax2.3Fish to 16.5"
SkagitErie4.5Heavy rain in the morning
Heart4.9Heavy rain in the morning
McMurray3.2Heavy rain in the morning
Sixteen3.8Heavy rain in the morning
SkamaniaIcehouse3.3
Kidney2.5
Little Ash2.5
Swift2.0
SnohomishArmstrong4.2
Bosworth2.5Many fish released, 25% of catch were triploid trout.
Howard4.8
Ki4.4
Martha (AM)3.3
Riley4.6
Storm3.8Lots of 16"+ fish (triploids).
SpokaneAmber4.88" to 18"Mostly catch and release.
Badger4.29"Cutthroat 11.5" average.
Clear2.911" to 21"Rb to 21" and BT to 20"
Fish3.610" to 17"Yearlings, 10.5" average.
Fishtrap3.68" to 16.5"
Liberty2.88" to 18"
Newman0.912" to 16"Year-round. 73% triploid
West Medical1.68" to 23"Triploids 14" to 16"
Williams2.610" to 26"
StevensCedar0.912" to 18"Carry overs 15" to 18"
Deep3.89" to 12"
Rocky2.28" to 14"Carry overs 13" to 14"
Starvation3.39.5" to 15"Carry overs 14.2" ave.
Waitts2.99" to 24"Triploids to 24"
ThurstonClear3.8Effort down, 4.5 lb brown
Deep2.714" to 17"carry overs
Hicks2.8Fish to 21"
Long3.6
McIntosh3.4Many triploids
Munn3.311.6" ave
St. Clair0.7Low pressure, year-round.
Summit3.329 kokanee checked (12%)
Ward5.0Many fish released.
Pattison3.217"triploids and carry overs
WhatcomCain4.2
Padden4.8
Silver4.0
Toad4.9
YakimaMud2.3All triploids
Myron1.3Mostly triploids