THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Forget about standing in lines on the day after Thanksgiving this year, and think instead about casting a line in one of the many lakes the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is still stocking this November.
Every fall, WDFW stocks lakes across Washington with thousands of “holiday special” trout weighing up to three pounds and averaging 15 to 16 inches in length.
“The Thanksgiving weekend is one of the best times of year to go fishing in Washington, and it’s also a great time to introduce visiting friends or relatives to the joy of fishing,” said Steve Caromile, inland fish program manager with WDFW. “Hitting your local lake offers a great alternative to the chaos of Black Friday.”
Dozens of lakes, primarily on the west side of the state, will be or have already been stocked in the leadup to Black Friday on Nov. 25 this year.
Lakes scheduled to be stocked this year include:
Battleground and Klineline lakes in Clark County
Kress Lake in Cowlitz County
Cranberry Lake in Island County
Leland Lake in Jefferson County
Beaver and Green lakes in King County
Rowland Lake in Klickitat County
Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County
Spencer Lake in Mason County
Lake Tanwax, Lake Kapowsin, and American, Bonney, and Harts lakes in Pierce County
Lake Ballinger, Gissburg Ponds, Silver Lake, and Lake Tye in Snohomish County
Lake St. Clair, Long’s Pond, and Black, Long, Offutt, and Ward lakes in Thurston County
Elton Pond North in Yakima County
Additionally, the following lakes on the eastside have been stocked with fry plants in recent years and promise great fishing for Black Friday: Hatch and Williams lakes in Stevens County; Fourth of July Lake in Lincoln and Adams counties; and Hog Canyon Lake in Spokane County.