Pine Lake anglers turn out for opening day
May 1, 2012
NEW — 2:45 p.m. May 1, 2012
Anglers headed to Pine Lake as the lowland lakes fishing season opened April 28 and, on average, caught about three fish apiece.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said 75 anglers checked in at the Sammamish Plateau lake on opening day. The agency said, on average, each angler caught 5.1 fish and harvested 3.07 fish.
(The total for average number of fish caught includes the number of fish released.)
Based on creel checks conducted at 112 lakes around the state, the agency estimated anglers caught 3.99 trout on average.
Statewide, good weather and large trout helped to boost catch rates as the lowland lakes fishing season started.
“The weather was good and so was the fishing,” said Chris Donley, Inland Fish manager for the agency. “We saw a lot of limits taken at lakes around the state.”
The department released 3 million hatchery-reared trout averaging 11-13 inches — 1 to 3 inches longer than last year — into lakes before opening day.
“Lots of folks noticed those larger fish,” said Mark Downen, a department fish biologist for Mason and Kitsap counties. “With bigger fish and cool but sunny weather, it was all in all a good opener.”