Washington Lake Fishing 2016

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Fishing opportunities in Washington’s lowland lakes will begin on April 23, when the fishing season goes into full swing.

To participate on opening weekend, Washington anglers must have an annual freshwater or combination fishing license valid through March 31, 2017.

In preparation of the spring lake fishing season, WDFW fish hatchery crews have been stocking more than 15 million trout and kokanee in lakes statewide.

The agency estimates there are 3.8 million catchable trout, nearly 370,000 larger trout averaging about one pound apiece, and millions of smaller trout that were stocked last year and have grown to catchable size.

Of more than 7,000 lakes, ponds and reservoirs in Washington, nearly 700 have WDFW-managed water-access sites, including areas accessible for people with disabilities. Other state and federal agencies operate hundreds more.

April 23rd is also start of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) first lowland lake fishing derby, which runs through Sept. 6.

For more information, visit: wdfw.wa.gov.

source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife