More lakes planted with trout to boost early spring fishing opportunities

Outside of the winter-like weather it is officially spring, and state Fish and Wildlife has ramped up their trout plants in many year-round lakes to boost early prospects.

Many west-side waterways from Seattle north to Whatcom County have already been planted with thousands of trout, and this past week it looks like plenty more to the south are getting their fair share.

In all roughly 63,400 rainbows are destined for 18-plus year-round lakes in the Puget Sound region.

Plants occurring Wednesday (March 22) in Pierce County include Kapowsin Lake with 14,000 trout (another 15,000 were planted on March 15); Lake Whitman, 1,800 on March 22; Spanaway Lake, 4,500 on March 21 and 4,600 on March 20; and Steilacoom Lake, 2,200 on March 21 and 2,200 on March 14.

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In Thurston County, Lake Lawrence received 350 on March 22 on top of 20,000 on March 14; St. Clair Lake, 2,222 on March 21; Long Lake, 750 on March 21; Longs Pond (open for youth under age 14 only), 140 on March 21; Munn Lake, 10 on March 21 (455 on March 1); Offutt Lake, 200 on March 22 (4,400 on March 20)

Closer to Seattle in King County, Angle Lake got 4,500 on March 22; and Morton Lake, 5,000 on March 22.

In Snohomish County, Lake Ballinger received 9,051 on March 20; Lost (Maltby) Lake, 1,518 on March 21; and Panther Lake, 1,518 on March 21. In Cowlitz County, Lake Sacajawea got 3,083 on March 20, plus another 7,073 earlier this month.

Plants occurring earlier this month were Ballinger in Snohomish County with 9,051 trout; Klineline Pond in Clark County with 1,500 on top of 4,200.

Green Lake was planted March 13 with 10,005 trout. Another good spot is Meridian Lake in Kent, which was planted on March 15 with a whopping 8,000 trout. Other King County lakes planted earlier this month were Alice with 1,281 trout; Beaver, 7,053; and Rattlesnake, 3,000.

In Pierce County, Louise, 1,000 on March 14; and American, 1,650 on March 13 and 4,922…

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