“The trout bite is heating up like a frozen turkey dropped into the fryer.”
So reported angler Jerry Han of the Tri-Cities area following an outing on a “local lake” in Central Washington last weekend.
He didn’t share GPS coordinates of said pond, but if we had to bet, we’d put whole pots full of Thanksgiving Day leftovers on it being a well-known water north of his Kennewick dental practice.
Han was accompanied by friend Rick Beery, a “self-professed fly guy,” who reportedly “made some interesting gagging sounds” when directed to bring along some nightcrawlers to bait up sons Paul and Joseph’s lures.
Their trolling programs included Wedding Rings behind dodgers, as well as Berkley Flicker Minnows.
“Good action, but we had to work for them,” notes Han.
They caught at least four nice-sized trout, including one that may have helped out with bug boy Beery’s gag-reflex issues.
“Apparently catching a 23-inch rainbow magically clears up that illness,” Dr. Han reports.
Elsewhere in Washington, if you’re able to waddle out of the house on Black Friday, tons of trout are awaiting anglers. WDFW announced earlier this month it will have stocked these lakes for post-Thanksgiving fishing:
- Battle Ground Lake (2,000) and Klineline Pond (2,000) in Clark County
- Kress Lake (2,000) in Cowlitz County
- Fort Borst Park Pond (2,000) and South Lewis County Park Pond (2,000) in Lewis County
- American (2,500) and Tanwax (1,000) Lakes in Pierce County
- Rowland Lake (2,000) in Klickitat County
- Black (3,000), Long (1,000) and Offutt (1,000) Lakes in Thurston County
- Elton Pond North (2,000) in Yakima County
Missing from this list but also recently stocked is Beaver Lake in Sammamish, which got another 700 broodstockers.
While several of the above lakes are closed until Friday, Beaver’s open now.
For more rainbow releases, go here.