Skip the shopping, go fishing for stocked trout

Staff reportNovember 24, 2013 

Almost 15,000 trout have been stocked in eight lakes as the state offers an alternative to shopping on Black Friday.

This is on top of another 60,000 trout that were stocked last month in 24 Western Washington lakes as part of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fall into Fishing program.

Chris Donley, WDFW’s inland fish program manager, said he expects angling to be very good throughout the winter months at all of these lakes.

“Most of the trout stretch 12 to 17 inches, but some tip the scales at 5 or 6 pounds,” said Donley. “These are very nice trout, and they’re ready to be caught now.”

Donley said the department will stock eight lakes for Black Friday, including six in Southwest Washington and one each in Jefferson and Mason counties in the Puget Sound region.

A list of the lakes that were stocked for Fall into Fishing and Black Friday is available for viewing at 1.usa.gov/1gusSdq. For up-to-date stocking information, see the department’s weekly catchable trout stocking report at wdfw. wa.gov/fishing/plants/ weekly.

“Our Black Friday event offers great opportunities for anyone — including beginners or anglers returning to the sport — to wet a line to catch a stringer of big, hard-fighting trout,” he said.

Among the lakes stocked for the Fall into Fishing program was Whitman Lake in Pierce County. It was planted earlier this month with 100 rainbows weighing 2-3 pounds each.

To take advantage of the opportunity, anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31. Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt. dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license vendors across the state.

For details on license vendor locations, visit wdfw. wa.gov/licensing/vendors.

Black Friday lakes

These lakes are being planted with trout as part of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Black Friday fishing program.

LAKE: NO. OF TROUT

Clark County

Battleground: 2,000

Klineline Pond: 2,000

Cowlitz County

Kress: 2,000

Jefferson County

LeLand: 975

Klickitat County

Rowland: 2,000

Lewis County

Fort Borst Prk Pnd: 2,000

S. Lewis County Prk: 2,000

Mason County

Spencer: 2,000

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