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.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to plant about 16.5 million trout and kokanee in hundreds of lakes.

Those fish include 2.3 million catchable trout, nearly 115,000 jumbo trout weighing up to 11 pounds each and more than 50,000 triploid trout averaging 11 1/2 pounds each.

Locally, 7,025 rainbow trout were released into Beaver Lake.

Crews began this year’s stocking program in March and will continue through June.

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 toll free; or from a license dealer. Get vendor locations at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors.

Freshwater fishing licenses cost $29.50 for adults 16-69, $8.05 for 15-year-olds, and $7.50 for seniors 70 and older. Children 14 and younger are free.

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

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