Not everyone is going to want to get up before dawn Friday and stand in line with dozens of other people, all hoping to score the best Black Friday deal.
But some might want to get up that early to chase after the more than 200,000 large rainbow trout recently stocked in Western Washington lakes. As a bonus for this weekend, there will be more trout planted in Southwest Washington lakes.
For the third year in a row, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking six lakes with thousands of extra-large fish — averaging 15-16 inches and 1 1/4 pounds each — in southwest Washington for the Black Friday opener.
The six lakes scheduled to receive trout are:
These lakes will be closed to fishing Monday-Thursday, when they will be stocked with trout from the Mossyrock and Goldendale hatcheries.
“These are nice fish,” Chris Donley, inland fish program manager, said in a department news release. “And, the department is offering a terrific excuse to skip crowded malls, and enjoy a fun day out on the water with family and friends.”
Also to be stocked in time for Black Friday is Leland Lake in Jefferson County.
These plants are part of the department’s efforts to increase late fall and winter fishing opportunities.
In addition to the stocking, the department also increased the bag limit on 20 lakes in Island, King, Snohomish, Thurston, Pacific and Grays Harbor counties. Lake St. Clair in Thurston County, for example, was planted earlier this month with almost 13,000 rainbows. At specific lakes, the state also doubled angler’s catch limits from five to 10 trout.
Donley said most of the trout planted in these lakes were 11-13 inches long, with a few larger ones in the mix.
Anglers are reminded they must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2015. Licenses can be purchased online at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, by telephone at 866-246-9453 or at hundreds of license vendors across the state. Vendor locations can be found at wdfw.wa.gov