ABERDEEN – Attention anglers: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on Wednesday began planting adult hatchery coho salmon into Black Lake, located near the city of Ilwaco in Pacific County.
"These are nice coho, averaging 8 to 10 pounds, with a few pushing 12 to 14 pounds," said Rick Ereth, WDFW fisheries biologist in Montesano.
Black Lake was planted Wednesday with approximately 400 coho from the Naselle Hatchery, which will have enough returning coho to meet its production needs. Additional plants will occur periodically through next week for a total of up to 2,000 fish. Landlocked salmon rules apply during a fishing season that will last through Nov. 30. The limit is five coho per day and no salmon catch record card is required. Anglers should consult the 2001/2002 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for license requirements and other fishing rules.
The salmon destined for Black Lake are in good condition, said Ereth, who recommended using salmon egg clusters 3 to 6 feet under a bobber as bait. For anglers choosing to use lures, spinners or plugs with hot orange, hot pink or chartreuse should be effective.