[4/27/19] Trout Opener
Trout fishing in Washington reaches full speed this Saturday April 27 when hundreds of lowland lakes – stocked with millions of fish – open for a six-month season.
To prepare for the opener, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) fish hatchery crews have been stocking more than 14 million trout and kokanee in lakes statewide.
“Although many lakes are open year-round, the fourth Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland lakes fishing season, when hundreds of thousands of anglers are expected to turn out to fish,” said Steve Caromile, WDFW fish biologist.
April 27 also marks the start of WDFW’s annual lowland lakes fishing derby, which runs through Oct. 31.
Anglers who catch one of 1,000 blue-tagged trout can claim prizes provided by license dealers and other sponsors located across the state. The total value of prizes is more than $39,000.
To participate in the opener and the derby, Washington anglers must have an annual freshwater, combination, or Fish Washington fishing license valid through March 31, 2020. Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license dealers across the state.
Regional lakes that have been stocked with potential prize fish include…
For a complete list of lakes with prize fish and details on how to claim awards visit