The state is stocking 3 million fish this year, all of which are 2 to 3 inches longer than they fish they stocked last year, averaging 11 to 13 inches. On top of that, these fish join trout recently stocked in lakes that are triploid and jumbo trout that have grown up to 11 pounds already.
“We have made some changes in our trout hatchery rearing programs in response to the feedback we heard from anglers who really enjoy catching larger fish,” said WDFW Director Phil Anderson. “With these fish, our state’s biggest fishing day of the year just got better.”
According to Outdoor Hub, the state is expecting 300,000 anglers to chase these 3 million freshly stocked fish in the lowland lakes on April 28, opening day. Here’s hoping those anglers find the big fish they’re looking for. –Brian McClintock