OLYMPIA — Duck Lake, Lake Sylvia and Vance Creek Pond #1, located in Grays Harbor County, are being planted with catchable-size rainbow trout in time for a spring break fishing opportunity, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced.
Duck Lake and Vance Creek Pond #1 each will be planted in late March with approximately 1,500 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout, said Richard Ereth, WDFW fish biologist. Lake Sylvia will be planted with approximately 800 fish.
“This is a great opportunity for folks to enjoy some early season fishing, which starts in time for local school districts’ spring break,” he said. Ereth reminded anglers that fishing at Vance Creek Pond #1 is restricted to juveniles, seniors over 70 and WDFW-licensed disabled anglers.
Located one-half mile from Elma, Vance Creek Pond #1 will open March 29 – April 6, and then reopen on the regularly scheduled “opening day” for lowland lakes. All game fish (trout, bass, yellow perch, suckers, peamouth, etc.) may be retained.
Vance Creek Pond #2 will remain closed until the standard opening day, when it will open to the general public.
The decision to plant fish early in Duck Lake, located in Ocean Shores and Lake Sylvia, located near Montesano, is part of an effort to increase early season interest in fishing local lakes, said Ereth. Both lakes are open year-round to angling.
“We thought an opportunity to fish during spring break would be a great chance for anglers to shake the cobwebs off their trout gear and enjoy a day on the lake with friends and families,” Ereth said.
In cooperation with Ocean Shores, the number of catchable-size trout planted annually in Duck Lake would increase from 2,000 to 5,000 starting in 2008, Ereth said. “This current plant of 1,500 fish is just the first installment in a plan to boost angling opportunity in the lake,” he said.