State improves fall fishing by stocking lakes with trout

The state this fall is stocking more than 125,000 rainbow trout in 44 lakes in Western Washington.
The state this fall is stocking more than 125,000 rainbow trout in 44 lakes in Western Washington. Staff writer

An estimated 125,000 trout will be stocked in 44 western Washington lakes to give anglers improved fishing opportunities this fall and into the holiday season.

Thirteen lakes in Pierce and Thurston counties will be among those stocked, receiving plants of more than 25,000 catchable-size rainbow trout.

“Fishing at lakes throughout the region should be great over the next few months,” Larry Phillips, inland fish program manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a news release. “Most of the trout are 11 to 13 inches long, with a few larger ones in the mix.”

Some of the lakes recently stocked include Beaver in King County, Teal in Jefferson County, and Island, Lost, Spenser and Nahwatzel lakes in Mason County.

The stocking will continue through November.

The fall fish plants, Phillips said, are in response to anglers’ requests to increase fall and winter trout fishing opportunities in western Washington.

The fall stocking plan includes planting lakes in southwest Washington for the Nov. 27 Black Friday opener, giving anglers the opportunity to skip the shopping malls, get outside and enjoy fishing on the day after Thanksgiving.

Anglers are reminded they must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31 to participate. Licenses can be purchased at, by telephone at 866-246-9453 or at license vendors across the state. For license vendor locations, visit



Lake and number of fish

American: 5,000

Bonney: 100

Bradley: 200

Harts: 350

Kapowsin: 625

Ohop: 500


Lake and number of fish

St. Clair: 14,500

Black: 4,500

Long’s Pond: 200

Munn: 500

Offut: 1,000

Lawrence: 525

Long: 2,000

For a full list of lakes to be stocked, and the department’s recently updated stocking plan, go to