Duck Lake has 1,100 new rainbow trout in time for the upcoming Youth Fishing Derby and Spring Break fishing, thanks to stocking efforts by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The state agency is stocking dozens of lakes in Western Washington with more than 250,000 rainbow trout ready to bite on a worm or lure, and Duck Lake got some of the first plants.
Averaging 10-12 inches in length, fish will be released into 47 year-round fishing lakes in Grays Harbor, Thurston, Pierce, Mason, Kitsap, Island, King and Snohomish counties throughout the month, with Duck Lake getting its share on March 13.
That means they will have plenty of growing opportunities between now and May 11 when the annual Youth Fishing Derby is scheduled at North Bay Park.
The derby is seeking volunteers and donations for this year’s expected record turnout on the day before Mother’s Day. To help, please contact the Ocean Shores Youth Fishing Derby, P.O. Box 1062, Ocean Shores, Wa. 98569, or phone (951) 966-6506.
Chris Donley, WDFW fish program manager, said the overall early trout release is timed to give fishing families an opportunity to spend time outdoors during spring school holidays, and tune up their gear before the start of the state’s main trout season April 27.
“Spring is coming, and a lot of people are eager to go fishing,” Donley said. “Our goal is to give them something to catch on both sides of the Cascades at a time when the weather is warming up and students have a break from school.”
Fishing regulations for all lakes are outlined in the Fish Washington rule pamphlet, available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.
For weekly trout stocking information go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.
All anglers 15 and older must have a valid fishing license to fish in state waters. Current licenses expire at midnight March 31, so anglers planning to fish beyond that date must purchase a 2013-14 license, available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-320-9933) and from license dealers around the state.
Information about fishing prospects at lakes throughout the state is available at WDFW’s Fish Washington website (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/).