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Originally published Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7:18 PM

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Happy Father’s Day: Statewide lakes get planted with rainbow trout

A total of 20 lakes will be planted with 10,000 rainbow trout in an annual Father’s Day promotion.

Seattle Times staff reporter


Spend some quality time with dad by taking him out fishing this weekend to 20 statewide lakes that are teeming with planted jumbo-sized rainbow trout.

“This is the third year of the Father’s Day promotion (and we’ve received) positive feedback,” said Chris Donley, the state Fish and Wildlife inland fish program manager.

Donley says all the lakes will be planted with 10,000 rainbow trout averaging 15 to 17 inches that have good bank and boat access

In the Puget Sound region: Green Lake in King County received 1,500 trout; Blackmans, 250, and Gissburg Ponds, 250, in Snohomish County; Campbell in Skagit County, 250; and Padden in Whatcom County, 250.

In the coastal/Olympia Peninsula region: Vance Creek Pond 2 in Grays Harbor County, 100; Sandy Shore in Jefferson County, 150; Mason in Mason County, 500; American in Pierce County, 1,500; and Clear, 250, and Hicks, 250, in Thurston County.

In the southwest region: Horseshoe in Clark County, 250. In the south central region: Cooper in Kittitas County, 250; and Clear in Yakima County, 500. In the north central region: Park in Grant County, 400; and Alta, 350, and Conconully Reservoir, 750, in Okanogan County.

In Eastern Washington region: West Medical, 1,250, and Williams, 400, in Spokane County; and Diamond, 600, in Pend Oreille County.

Other west-side lakes recently planted with trout include Black and Offutt in Thurston County; Mineral in Lewis; Sawyer, Rattlesnake, Walker, Beaver, Echo, Desire, Meridian, Wilderness and Cottage in King; Bradley, Tanwax and Kapowsin in Pierce; and Duck and Aberdeen in Grays Harbor.

Lake Spokane, also referred to as Long Lake, which is part of the Spokane River Reservoir, received a plant of 155,000 rainbow trout to go along with its good bass, perch and crappie fishing.

For the latest trout plants go to

The plug will be pulled in Puget Sound and Hood Canal in the days ahead leaving ample beach exposure for gathering clams and oysters, and the elusive geoduck.

North Sound low tides are: Thursday, minus-2.3 feet at 9:58 a.m.; Friday, -2.8 at 10:40 a.m.; Saturday, -2.9 at 11:25 a.m.; Sunday, -2.7 at 12:11 p.m.; Monday, -2.1 at 12:59 p.m.; and Tuesday, -1.2 at 1:49 p.m.

Before heading to a beach, call the marine biotoxin hotline at 800-562-5632 or visit the Department of Health website at

Also check the state fisheries hotline at 866-880-5431 or State Fish and Wildlife also offers a good interactive shellfish map at

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Marine areasFair for hatchery kings in south central Puget Sound off the Girl Scout Camp in Colvos Passage; Gig Harbor shoreline; Point Evans just north of Narrows Bridge; and the Clay Banks off Point Defiance Park. The Edmonds Pier is open for salmon fishing. Fair to good for hatchery kings off Ilwaco and Westport, and fair at La Push and Neah Bay. Beginning Saturday, both chinook and hatchery coho may be kept off the coast. Lingcod fishing ends after Sunday in Puget Sound. Southern Puget Sound south of the Narrows Bridge is open daily for Dungeness crab and has been good. Central Puget Sound is open north of a line from Point Monroe to Meadow Point for salmon catch-and-release fishing. The Tulalip Bay terminal salmon fishery is also open Fridays to noon Mondays, but closed on June 21. Southern Puget Sound is currently open for hatchery chinook.
Biting: YesRating: ★★★  
Statewide riversFair to good in the Skykomish for summer steelhead and hatchery chinook. The Cascade and Skagit from Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport to Marblemount Bridge is slow to fair for hatchery kings. Lower Columbia is very good for shad below Bonneville Dam and in the Washougal area. Slow to fair in Lower Columbia for hatchery chinook and steelhead. Fair for spring chinook in Icicle. Good for walleye and bass, and fair for spring chinook in The Dalles and John Day pools of Columbia.
Biting: YesRating: ★★★  
Statewide lakesGood at Potholes Reservoir for walleye, bass and trout. Lake Chelan is good for lake trout and kokanee. Fair to good for cutthroat trout in Lake Washington. Fair for kokanee Stevens, American, Samish, Meridian and Roesiger.
Biting: YesRating: ★★★  

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or

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