2019 Lowland lakes season opener report

Trout creel results for lowland lakes opening day, April 27, 2019.

Region 1
County
Lake Name
# Anglers Checked Total # Fish Kept Total # Fish Released Average # Fish Caught Per Angler Average # Fish Kept Per Angler Largest Fish (Species/TL) Comments and Highlights
Ferry
Lake Ellen
14 11 19 2.1 0.8 Rainbow Trout/16.5" Overall, tough fishing conditions.  Very windy and snowing most of the morning.
Pend Oreille
Diamond Lake
26 25 16 1.6 1.0 Rainbow Trout/19" Fishing conditions were tough by mid-morning due to high wind and cool temperatures.
Stevens
Cedar Lake
49 95 36 2.7 1.9 Rainbow Trout/18" Overall, great fishing.  Windy by late morning, so lots of anglers left by noon.  Four WDFW
Fishing Derby-tagged trout were observed in the creel.
Stevens
Mudgett Lake
22 23 17 1.8 1.0 Rainbow Trout/19" Sunny and nice until around 10:30, then very windy and cool.
Stevens
Rocky Lake
19 24 13 1.9 1.3 Rainbow Trout/20" Happy anglers despite high wind and snow by late morning which made fishing tough.
Stevens
Starvation Lake
38 93 9 2.7 2.4 Rainbow Trout/21" Anglers had a great time early in the morning, as weather was beautiful.  Snowy and windy by around 11:00.  One WDFW Fishing Derby-tagged fish observed in the creel.
Stevens
Waitts Lake
23 37 21 2.5 1.6 Brown Trout/20" Anglers were happy.  Weather was tough later in the day due to wind.
Spokane
Badger
39 76 33 2.8 1.9 CT 14.3 inches Windy conditions which likely caused lower-than-expected catch rates.  Those fishing in
sheltered areas did well.  Several boaters mentioned that the boat ramp needs improved and could use a loading float.
Spokane
Clear
35 25 5 0.9 0.7 RB 20 inches Good percentage of carry-overs; Rainbows - 14-16 inch, Brown Trout - 13-15 inch.  Very
windy which drove people off the water.
Spokane
Fish
66 68 46 1.7 1.0 EB 19 inches Very windy but still decent numbers of shore anglers. Numerous comments regarding how
popular Brook Trout are.
Spokane/Lincoln
Fishtrap
45 67 15 1.8 1.5 RB 20 inches Very windy but anglers were happy to be out on the water again for opening day.  Overall,
anglers were happy to get out and pleased that all the Goldfish are gone.
Spokane
West Medical
36 29 10 1.1 0.8 RB 19.9 inches More than half the effort seen in past years which was likely due to the extremely windy
conditions.
Spokane
Williams
48 109 276 8.0 2.3 RB 19 inches Wind!  Wind!  A lot of 10 inch Rainbows and Cutthroat were caught and released
explaining the low harvest rate.
Region 1 Totals 460 682 516 2.6 1.5  
Region 2
County
Lake Name
# Anglers Checked Total # Fish Kept Total # Fish Released Average # Fish Caught Per Angler Average # Fish Kept Per Angler Largest Fish (Species/TL) Comments and Highlights
Grant
Vic Meyers Lake
12 9 0 0.8 0.8 RBT 19.5" A nice, quiet small lake with low angler effort. The overgrowth of shoreline vegetation has
reduced the available shoreline access over recent years.
Grant
Park Lake
48 141 5 3.0 2.9 RBT 14.3" Very windy, low angler effort and success due to wind!  Overall anglers were happy with
catch rates, but not so much with the wind.
Grant
Blue Lake
34 91 3 2.8 2.7 RBT 15.75" Very windy on all but the south end.  Many anglers complained on not seing able to detect
strikes due to the wind.  Many anglers along Hwy.17 were in their campers by 10:00 AM hunkered down.
Grant
Deep Lake
46 83 7 2.0 1.8 RBT 14.5" Very crowded because it was one of the only lakes with refuge from the wind.  Anglers were happy about their catch and the sizes seemed to be a bit above average.  Boat anglers could not venture far from the launch without entering the gaunlet of high winds.
Grant
Warden Lake
60 86 11 1.6 1.4 RBT 11.5" Cold, windy and rainy.  Anglers were happy with fishing but some complained about
size—which is a common complaint.  Most people are regulars at Warden Lake and are just happy to be able to fish.
Chelan
Wapato
64 204 85 4.5 3.2 RB/18" It was mostly sunny but very windy from start to finish.  Still good fishing with fish
averaging about 13 inches.  Some happy kids!! (see pics)
Douglas
Jameson
40 113 21 3.4 2.8 RB/19" Partially sunny, but the wind was howling from start to finish, lawn chairs and hats were
being launch into the lake by the wind!!  Folks were quiting with partial limits because of the wind.  Still, not bad fishing with fish averaging 13".  One Derby fish caught, but angler wasn’t interested in a picture or social media.
Okanogan
Pearrygin
26 37 5 1.6 1.4 12" Rainbow Extremely windy
Region 2 Totals 330 764 137 2.7 2.3  
Region 4
County
Lake Name
# Anglers Checked Total # Fish Kept Total # Fish Released Average # Fish Caught Per Angler Average # Fish Kept Per Angler Largest Fish (Species/TL) Comments and Highlights
King Cottage
44
55 90 3.3 1.3 15.5" RBT Boats more successful than shore
King
Langlois
45 107 440 12.2 2.4 12.4" RBT 1 derby fish
King
Margaret
22 57 100 7.1 2.6 12in RB 1 derby fish, many limits, windy conditions
King
Pine
15 52 27 5.3 3.5 12.5in RB  
San Juan
Cascade
33 48 20 2.1 1.5 17.5in RB Big fish caught by young girl from San Juan and turned out to be the winning fish for the
local derby
Skagit
Erie
29 97 19 4.0 3.3 17.5" RB Sunny, good moods, many nice fish caught
Skagit
McMurray
51 99 16 2.3 1.9 15in RB Cool and windy, partly sunny
Skagit
Sixteen
51 91 12 2.0 1.8 16in RB Sunny, good moods, many nice fish caught
Snohomish
Bosworth
47 78 110 4.0 1.7 12.5in RB Hailed for about 5 minutes, bald eagles harvesting fish around the lake
Snohomish
Echo (Maltby)
20 59 30 4.5 3.0 12in RB Lots of kids w/ dads and dogs
Snohomish
Howard
21 53 36 4.2 2.5 18in RB 11 holdover trout caught
Snohomish
Ki
34 77 58 4.0 2.3 17in RB Cold and windy
Snohomish
Martha
26 47 29 2.9 1.8 13.5in RB Happy anglers, hail @ 6am, windy, several first timer adults and youth caught their first fish
Snohomish
Serene
16 22 15 2.3 1.4 11.5in RB Anglers had to reel fast so osprey wouldn't steal their catch
Snohomish
Stickney
18 37 5 2.3 2.1 22.5in RB Big fish broke grandpa's fishing pole
Snohomish
Storm
38 76 70 3.8 2.0 15in RB 1 derby fish, happy anglers
Snohomish
Wagner
14 34 59 6.6 2.4 16in RB  
Whatcom
Cain
34 117   3.4 3.4   Fast limits, many kids after 10am
Whatcom
Silver
143 417 284 4.9 2.9 14in RB Many limits, excellent pancake breakfast by Ferndale Kiwanis
Whatcom
Toad
43 67 44 2.6 1.6 18in RB happy anglers, cold and breezy
Region 4 Totals 744 1690 1464 4.2 2.3  
Region 5
County
Lake Name
# Anglers Checked Total # Fish Kept Total # Fish Released Average # Fish Caught Per Angler Average # Fish Kept Per Angler Largest Fish (Species/TL) Comments and Highlights
Klickitat
Horsethief Lake
15 30 4 2.3 2.0   Extremely windy - wind advisory started in the Gorge at 9:00 a.m.
Klickitat
Rowland Lake
37 108 68 4.8 2.9   People very happy with trips despite wind. One large broodstock caught.
Klickitat
Spearfish Lake
8 22 3 3.1 2.8   I heard there was one tagged fish caught - they called a boat on Rowland and they passed it
to me.
Lewis
Carlisle Lake
55 34 224 4.7 0.6   Many complaints about the fish being small. Mossyrock's fish were not small this year so
I'm guess this has to with the net pens, again.
Lewis
Mineral Lake
80 189 239 5.4 2.4   Windy, anglers mostly happy with trip
Region 5 Totals 195 383 538 4.7 2.0  
Region 6
County
Lake Name
# Anglers Checked Total # Fish Kept Total # Fish Released Average # Fish Caught Per Angler Average # Fish Kept Per Angler Largest Fish (Species/TL) Comments and Highlights
Thurston
Clear Lake
87 327 69 4.6 3.8 14" Lots of limits! Lots of fish 14", happy anglers
Thurston
Deep Lake
17 25 0 1.5 1.5    
Thurston
Hicks Lake
42 86 115 4.8 2.0   Beautiful Day but a bit windy
Thurston
McIntosh Lake
21 32 15 2.2 1.5 15" sunny but windy
Thurston
Pattison Lake
24 28 38 2.8 1.2   Low efforts, small fish, cold and windy
Thurston
Summit Lake
24 39 5 1.8 1.6   Slow, low effort due to health advisory, windy
Thurston
Ward Lake
19 43 44 4.6 2.3 20" sunny and windy, perfect day other than the wind. Cutthroat caught. 2 derby fish taken.
Pierce
Bay Lake
29 85 2 3.0 2.9    
Pierce
Carney Lake
14 26 27 3.8 1.9   Small fish but good weather
Pierce
Clear Lake
80 145 59 2.6 1.8 17" Cold and windy, lots of fish 15-17" carryovers
Pierce
Jackson Lake
5 1 2 0.6 0.2 11" Slow day but good to be on the water.
Pierce
Crescent Lake
31 113 40 4.9 3.6 13.5" All anglers got limits, happy anglers
Pierce
Rapjohn Lake
32 97 59 4.9 3.0    
Pierce
Ohop Lake
12 5 7 1.0 0.4 11.5 Low effort, small fish 11" range, windy and choppy
Pierce
Silver Lake
67 139 81 3.3 2.1 14" Most fish 9-10", 3 carryovers at 14"
Pierce
Tanwax Lake
36 45 17 1.7 1.3   Chilly and windy. Most successful anglers were in boats.
Grays Harbor
Failor Lake
52 144 58 3.9 2.8 RBT 21 1/2" Kids Derby Last weekend - Weather Cool and windy
Grays Harbor
Lake Aberdeen
59 95 208 5.1 1.6 RBT 22" Weather Cool and Windy, small hail storm event
Grays Harbor
Lake Sylvia
23 44 8 2.3 1.9 RBT 19 1/2"  
Grays Harbor
Lake Inez (Vance Pond #2)
36 22 19 1.1 0.6 RBT 22" Fishing Derby at Both Inez and Bowers Lake - winner 5.9 pounds - very windy fishing
conditions, most left lake by 9;30am
Grays Harbor
Bowers Lake (Vance Pond #1)
27 27 4 1.1 1.0 RBT 21" Fishing Derby at Both Inez and Bowers Lake - winner 5.9 pounds - windy and cool temps.
for derby fishery
Pacific
Black Lake
43 33 18 1.2 0.8 RBT  19 1/2" Slow fishing for Kids Derby - Cool windy weather
Jefferson
Sandy Shore
35 92 106 5.7 2.6    
Jefferson
Silent Lake
7 21 12 4.7 3.0 13.5" Happy fishers , no rain, light winds
Jefferson
Tarboo Lake
47 98 89 4.0 2.1 23.7" Clear and Sunny, windy mid morning, some boats left but calmed down. People happy with
fish size, and 3 CT  15-16 inches
Kitsap
Buck Lake
25 40 27 2.7 1.6   Mixed success, bank anglers more successful
Kitsap
Horseshoe Lake
23 81 51 5.7 3.5 22" Everyone in good humor, fishing is good, light rain and wind
Kitsap
Mission Lake
30 94 80 5.8 3.1 18" Started cloudy and windy, got nicer. Mostly 12-14" fish.
Kitsap
Panther Lake
14 49 36 6.1 3.5 16" Happy fishers lots of fish. Releasing anything smaller than 12".
Kitsap
Wildcat Lake
20 83 20 5.2 4.2   Some rain, most fish 13-14", most people got limits. Some 15" Cutthroat
Kitsap
Wye Lake
3 4 1 1.7 1.3 26" Lots on private docks, lots still fishing at noon.  Boat anglers more successful.
Kitsap
Aldrich Lake
17 54 15 4.1 3.2 13" Lots of kids with parents, great weather and happy anglers.
Mason
Benson Lake
21 48 6 2.6 2.3   Weather sunny, people very happy, bank anglers doing better than boaters.
Mason
Don Lake (Clara Lake)
19 77 5 4.3 4.1 14" Sunny and Calm.  Lots of popup tents with picknickers.
Mason
Devereaux Lake
23 33 102 5.9 1.4 23.5" Weater good, happy fishers.  Checked cutthroat 16-17" and 4 Kokanee 8-9".  Lots of happy
anglers enjoying the day.
Mason
Haven Lake
5 25 34 11.8 5.0 14" RB Light traffic at the state boat launch.
Mason
Howell Lake
5 16 0 3.2 3.2 17" RB carryover Slow activity since boat launch is closed.  Lots of fish rising.  All bank anglers.
Mason
Lake Limerick
33 39 86 3.8 1.2   Many fish being released, smaller than last year, but also a homeowners derby.  Slow but steady.
Mason
Magee Lake
18 32 8 2.2 1.8 12.5" RB Low waterlevel.  Fishing best early before the bright sun, slower but consistent after.
Mason
Phillips Lake
4 3 12 3.8 0.8 10" RB Heavy winds hampered fishing for a large part of the lake.
Mason
Robbins Lake
18 61 8 3.8 3.4 20" RB Broodstock Packed boat launch.  Calm and nice fishing.
Mason
Tiger Lake
20 76 5 4.1 3.8 14" RB Weather near perfect, not many kids. Great fishing.  2 LMB anglers with no success.
Mason
Wooten Lake
24 49 150 8.3 2.0 14" RB 40 boats with 100 anglers at 8 am.  Nicer early, but windy later.  Good success with happy anglers.
Region 6 Totals 1191 2676 1748 3.7 2.2