RAYMOND – Fishing just got a lot better at Cases Pond, a local "juvenile-only" fishing area reserved for anglers age 14 and younger.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on Tuesday (Dec. 5) stocked the pond with 230 adult late-running coho, most weighing between 10 and 17 pounds.
The fish were trucked to the pond from the nearby Forks Creek Hatchery, where the run is expected to exceed the number of fish needed for hatchery production.
"These fish are aggressive biters," said Lorna Wargo, WDFW regional fisheries manager. "Can you image the thrill those kids are going to get when they have one of those fish on their line?"
Wargo recommends using spoons or spinners to get the big cohos' attention.
In October, WDFW released approximately 400 early-run coho into the pond, drawing young anglers from throughout the area.
Wargo said Tuesday's fish plant could draw even more attention, both because the pond is cleaner and because the late-running fish are harder fighters.
"It's a great opportunity to catch a salmon late in the season," she said.
WDFW has released excess hatchery coho into area ponds and lakes for several years, providing additional fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages.