Lakes stocked for April 26 lowland lakes opener?

April 15, 2014

By Staff

Washington’s biggest fishing day of the year — the lowland lakes trout opener — is April 26, and state fish hatchery crews are getting ready by releasing millions of catchable fish in lakes across the state.

For this year’s fishing season, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to plant about 16.5 million trout and kokanee in hundreds of lakes across the state.

Those fish include 2.3 million catchable trout, nearly 115,000 jumbo trout weighing up to 11 pounds apiece, and more than 50,000 triploid trout averaging 11.5 pounds each. Millions of carry-over trout that were stocked last year and have grown to catchable size will also be available in lakes throughout the state.

All opening day lakes will be stocked prior to the opener on April 26.

Anglers need to have a current Washington freshwater fishing license, valid through March 31, 2015. Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or from about 700 license dealers across the state. For license vendor locations, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors.

Freshwater fishing licenses cost $29.50 for adults 16 to 69 years old, $8.05 for 15 year olds, and $7.50 for seniors 70 and older. Children 14 and younger do not need a fishing license.

To learn more about the rules of fishing, go to wdfw.wa.gov.

For fish-stocking details, by county and lake, go http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide.

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