Hundreds of lakes open April 25 
for biggest fishing day of the year

April 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 19, 2015

Beaver and Pine lakes in Sammamish join several hundred lowland lakes — stocked with millions of fish — for fishing’s opening day April 25 for a six-month season.

Anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2016. Purchase licenses online at; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453 toll free; or at hundreds of license dealers across the state. Get details about license vendor locations at

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Anglers can fish for free June 7-8

June 3, 2014

Go fish — legally — without a license. Free Fishing Weekend is June 7-8.

During those days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state.

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Lakes stocked for April 26 lowland lakes opener

April 15, 2014

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.

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