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May 25, 2000
Contact: Jay Hunter (360) 902-2721

Big rainbow plant aims to hook young anglers

OLYMPIA – A second planting of feisty rainbow trout will give kids and their families a second chance to experience the thrill of opening day in five counties in western Washington.

In preparation for the Memorial Day weekend, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is planting nearly 25,000 hatchery rainbows in 14 lakes and ponds in Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Lewis counties.

Eight of those lakes are specifically designated as "juvenile-only" waters and the others are all very accessible to family fishing, said Tim Flint, regional WDFW fisheries manager. Most have already been planted with 10-inch rainbows and the rest will be newly stocked by Sunday (May 28), Flint said.

"Youth fishing is a high priority for our agency and this is a great opportunity to keep the level of excitement up," Flint said. "Fishing is great family fun and develops an appreciation of the outdoors."

Flint noted that WDFW's Fishing in Washington rule pamphlet lists all the waters reserved for young people under age 15, who are not required to have a fishing license. Juvenile-only lakes are noted below in italics in the list of lakes now being planted for the Memorial Day weekend.

  • Pierce County: Decoursey Pond, Wapato Lake, Bradley Pond and Waughop Lake in the Tacoma area.
  • Thurston County: Long's Pond, Deep Lake, St. Clair Lake, Munn Lake and Lois Lake near Olympia.
  • Grays Harbor County: Vance Creek Pond #1 near Elma (also open to seniors age 70 and older and holders of disability licenses), and Mill Creek Pond in Cosmopolis.
  • Pacific County: Cases Pond near Raymond and South Bend Mill Pond near South Bend.
  • Lewis County: Fort Borst Park Pond.