While shoppers chase deals at department stores on Black Friday, anglers can chase rainbows in Southwest Washington lakes.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking lakes with thousands of trout averaging 15-16 inches.
Stocked lakes are Fort Borst Park and South Lewis County Park ponds in Lewis County, Kress Lake in Cowlitz County, Rowland Lake in Klickitat County, and Battle Ground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County. These areas will be closed to fishing until Friday.
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In recent weeks the WDFW has stocked 46 Western Washington lakes with 340,000 catchable trout. Anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license.
OFFUT: Power Bait and worms are helping anglers catch their limits of trout, said Becky Pogue of Offut Lake Resort. When the weather is less than ideal, anglers aren’t exactly flocking to the lake, she noted.
SCANEWA: Tacoma Power released 917 coho adults and 17 jacks here last week.
CHELAN: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service says cold and snow hasn’t cooled down the action for those trolling the Barrens and the Trench. Rainbow trout are also biting for bank anglers.
ROSES: Recently stocked with rainbows, the fish are biting here.
SOUTH SOUND: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing in the area is slow for several reasons. Not many anglers have been trying because of less than ideal weather. Also, orcas in the area on Monday likely chased off many of the fish in the area.
NORTH SOUND: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says fishing has been OK in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and that squid fishing has been good.
RAZOR CLAMS: One of the final razor clam digs of the season ends Wednesday on the Washington coast. Digging is permitted at Long Beach and Twin Harbors on Wednesday with low tides at 9:19 p.m. The next dig has been approved for Dec. 3-9, and digs are tentatively planned for Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 31.
GREEN: Chum have been biting, according to recent reports.
OLYMPIC PENINSULA: Typically the action is heating up by this time of year, but the rivers on the peninsula are still waiting for winter steelhead fishing to pick up. “Maybe they’re late,” Chamberlain said. “Or maybe it’s a sign that it’s going to be a slow year.”
COLUMBIA: Steelhead are biting on the upper river.
COWLITZ: Coho fishing has been good here of late. Among the fish recovered last week at the salmon hatchery separator by Tacoma Power were 5,583 coho adults and 224 coho jacks.
CISPUS: Last week Tacoma Power released 632 coho adults and 22 jacks near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.