OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today planted Horseshoe Lake near Port Orchard with 500 coho salmon, and may release additional fish there next week if salmon continue to pour into area hatcheries.
The coho released today – some weighing up to eight pounds — were trucked to the lake from the Minter Creek near Purdy, which has already met its egg-production needs.
"This year's return of hatchery coho salmon is larger than expected," said Tim Flint, regional WDFW fish manager. "These are good quality fish and we want to give people another chance to catch them."
In the past week, WDFW has also planted several other lakes in western Washington with surplus salmon, including Waughhop Lake and DeCoursey Pond in Pierce County and South Bend Mill Pond in Pacific County.
Horseshoe Lake is located on Sidney Road approximately two miles south of the Port Orchard Airport.
The catch limit is five coho per day. No catch record card is required, although all anglers 16 years of age and older must have a current freshwater or combination fishing license. Anglers age 15 are required to have a youth combination license.
The department has released surplus hatchery coho into lakes over the last several years through a program has proven successful in providing additional recreational fishing opportunity for anglers of all ages.