TACOMA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today planted a second lake in Pierce County with surplus hatchery coho salmon – some weighing as much as eight pounds – in plenty of time for the weekend fishery,
WDFW today released up to 2,000 salmon into Waughop Lake (Oct. 4) that exceed the production needs of the Voights Creek Hatchery in Orting.
If more surplus hatchery fish become available, up to 1,000 more coho may be released in the lake, said Tim Flint, WDFW regional fish manager.
"These are bright fish and great for catching and eating," Flint said.
The agency also recently planted 500 coho in DeCoursey Pond, a juvenile (under 15 years old) fishing pond in Puyallup, and may plant additional fish in area lakes if more surplus coho are available.
Unlike DeCoursey Pond, fishing at Waughop Lake is open to all ages, although a freshwater or combination fishing license is required for all anglers 16 years of age and older. The limit is five coho per day and no catch record card is required.
Waughop Lake is located in Fort Steilacoom Park off Steilacoom Boulevard in Steilacoom.
The department has released surplus hatchery coho into Waughop and DeCoursey Pond over the last several years in a program that has proven successful in providing additional recreational fishing opportunity for anglers.
The fishery is sponsored by WDFW and the Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department.