OLYMPIA – Instead of waiting in line on Black Friday this year, hop off and throw a line at one of the many lakes the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) still has across the state.
Thousands of large trout, an average of 15 to 16 inches in length and weighing up to 3 pounds, can be found in lakes across Washington as part of WDFW’s annual fall stocking effort.
“Fall is a great time to fish in the local lakes and a peaceful alternative to the chaos of Black Friday shopping,” said Steve Caromile, Inland Fish Program Manager at WDFW. “It’s also a fun way to be outdoors with family and friends and create some vacation memories.”
Some of the lakes to be filled before Black Friday (November 26th) this year include:
Battle Ground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County
Kresssee in Cowlitz County
Cranberry Lake in Island County
Spencer Lake in Mason County
Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County
American and Tanwax Lake in Pierce Counties
Rowland Lake in Klickitat County
Black, Long, and Offut Lakes in Thurston County
Gissberg Ponds, Tye Lake, and Ballinger Lake in Snohomish County
Green and Beaver Lake in King County
North Elton Pond in Yakima County
A handful of lakes in east Washington were also filled with fish earlier this year, promising great Black Friday fishing opportunities: Hatch and Williams Lakes in Stevens Counties; July 4th Lake in Lincoln / Adams Counties; and Hog Canyon Lake in Spokane County. Lakes Hatch, Williams, and Hog Canyon were each stocked with some larger fish.
“We’re working hard to offer year-round lake opportunities across the state and we hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy some of the great fall fisheries on tap this year,” said Caromile.
For up-to-date stocking information this fall and year round, anglers should follow the catchable trout department’s weekly stocking report at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports/stocking/trout-plants, where they can find reports on which lakes have recently been replenished.
Anglers 15 and over must have a valid Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2022 to participate.
Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov or from hundreds of license providers across the state. For details on license provider locations, see the WDFW website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/licenses/dealers.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to conserve, protect, and conserve fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while delivering sustainable fish, wildlife, and recreational and commercial opportunities.