As part of its new “Fall into Fishing” promotion, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fish hatchery crews began stocking 33 Western Washington lakes with 75,000 large rainbow trout in October.
Fall into Fishing stocking efforts will continue into November, leading up to WDFW’s second-annual “Black Friday” fishing event on the day after Thanksgiving.
“We’re launching Fall into Fishing in response to requests from anglers to increase year-round trout fishing opportunities in Western Washington,” said Chris Donley, inland lakes program manager.
Donley said, “Anglers can expect 12 to 17-inch trout as well as some 5 to 6 pounders at many Puget Sound and Southwest Washington lakes.”
WDFW’s Fall into Fishing stocking plan is available for viewing at http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/attach/oct0413a_fish_plants.pdf.
To participate, anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2014. Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license vendors across the state.