The Fishing Corner — Opportunities abound with lake fishing opening

The 2013 lake fishing season is now well underway. With lakes opening statewide on Saturday, anglers were able to capitalize on an abundance of fish in local Grays Harbor lakes. Unquestionably, this weekend is a highlight for fishers since it is the easiest and best opportunity to engage kids in this activity.

Lots of hungry fish in relatively small bodies of water translates into a great deal of excitement for the younger set. These kids do not need to be a master of the craft to catch a fish. In many ways, it simply means being at the right place at the right time.

Opening day weekend also means a lot of people. It can get a bit crowded, but when everyone is catching fish, who cares? For starters, our local lakes were planted for a special youth fishery which coincided with spring break. As quickly as the lakes opened, they also closed except for the two year-round fisheries, namely Duck Lake and Lake Sylvia. By no means were these lakes fished out; so anglers can expect several of these previously planted fish to be lurking the waters.

The actual plant numbers which occurred in March are as follows: Duck Lake 1,274, Lake Aberdeen 304, Lake Sylvia 1,760 and the Vance Creek Pond No. 1 1,248 fish. These were three fish per pound or larger including broodstock.

In preparation for this weekend’s opener, the lakes were stocked with yet more fish. Duck Lake received 2,600 catchable rainbows with an additional 200 larger fish. Failor Lake was stocked with 4,800 catchable rainbows, 400 larger fish and 180 triploids. Lake Aberdeen was given 4,500 rainbows, 200 larger fish and 120 triploids. Lake Sylvia was planted with 2,000 rainbows, 200 larger fish and 115 triploids. The two Vance Creek Ponds each received their fair share of fish. The juvenile Pond, which is Pond No. 1 received 900 rainbows and 200 larger fish. Pond No. 2 obtained 900 rainbows and 100 larger trout. Who knows, the hatchery workers may have even thrown in a few steelhead to make things exciting.

Anglers can expect fishing activity to be brisk for a while, anyway. My prediction is because Failor Lake is a bit of a drive and bank access is limited, it will take a longer time to deplete the numbers. Anglers can expect this lake to be an attraction for some time. Lake Aberdeen will no doubt get the greatest fishing pressure due to its close proximity to a population base. Lake Sylvia, on the other hand, has the attraction of the park, the year-round feature and distance factor to consider. Once anglers deal with the park access issue, this fishery seems to stay quite steady for a long period of time. It helps when it gets a booster plant from time to time.

When it comes to technique, it doesn’t really matter a whole lot this early in the season because the fish tend to be less wary and very aggressive. Fishing with a bobber works well, fishing off the bottom is easy because there are few weeds or using a spinner makes for a good attractor. All that really matters is to have fun and enjoy the moment.