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November 21, 1997
Contact: Eric Anderson, (509) 457-9301 or Tim Waters, (425) 775-1311, ext. 119

Rainbow trout planted in Yakima and Kittitas counties

YAKIMA -- Don't put your fishing pole away for the year just yet.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologists announced today that several hundred rainbow trout brood fish have been planted in lowland lakes located throughout Yakima and Kittitas counties.

"These large fish came from our Goldendale Hatchery and should spice things up for area anglers," said biologist Eric Anderson. "Some of them weigh up to 12 pounds."

The fish are in addition to an estimated 20,000 rainbow trout and 12,000 brown trout planted last month in area ponds and lakes, according to Anderson.

The lakes stocked this week with brood fish include Myron, Rotary, North Fio Rito and Mattoon. The North Elton Pond, which was recently stocked with 2,000 jumbo rainbow trout, also received some of the fish.

All the lakes are open for fishing year round. North Elton Pond is open December through March.

Anglers are urged to check the state's Sportfishing Rules pamphlet for complete information.