RAYMOND – Fishing just got a lot better at Cases Pond, a local "juvenile-only" fishing area reserved for anglers age 14 and younger.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) stocked the pond Sept. 26 with 47 adult coho, most weighing about 5 pounds. This is the first release of what may be hundreds of coho into the pond.
The fish were trucked to the pond from the nearby Forks Creek Hatchery, where the run is expected to exceed the number of fish needed for continuing hatchery production.
"These fish are exciting to catch," said Bill Campbell, WDFW regional fisheries manager. "This is particularly true for kids who have never caught a large fish like a salmon." Campbell recommends that kids try spinners or a salmon egg cluster fished a few feet below a surface bobber.
Additional plants may be made as fish become available, including plants of late-run coho in early December.
WDFW has released hatchery coho into area ponds and lakes for several years, providing additional fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages.
Under the "landlocked salmon rules" in effect on Cases pond, a maximum of five fish per day (including trout and salmon) may be retained and a Catch Record Card is not required.