WDFW: Black Friday fishing set for Washington lakes, ponds


As Thanksgiving approaches, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced it is in the process of stocking rainbow trout in lakes around the state in preparation for Black Friday on Nov. 25.

“The Thanksgiving weekend is one of the best times of year to go fishing in Washington and it’s also a great time to introduce visiting friends or relatives to the joy of fishing,” stated Steve Caromile, inland fish program manager with WDFW, in a news release. “Hitting your local lake offers a great alternative to the chaos of Black Friday.”

According to the release, WDFW stocks lakes statewide every fall with “holiday special” trout weighing up to 3 pounds and averaging 15 to 16 inches in length. Dozens of lakes have already been stocked or will be by Black Friday.

Some of the lakes on the west side of Washington that were scheduled to be stocked included:

  • Battle Ground and Klineline lakes in Clark County
  • Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County
  • Lake St. Clair, Long’s Pond and the Black, Long, Offutt and Ward lakes in Thurston County
  • Kress Lake in Cowlitz County
  • Cranberry Lake in Island County
  • Leland Lake in Jefferson County
  • Beaver and Green lakes in King County
  • Rowland Lake in Klickitat County
  • Spencer Lake in Mason County
  • Tanwax, Kapowsin, American, Bonney and Harts lakes in Pierce County
  • Gissburg Ponds, Ballinger, Silver and Tye lakes in Snohomish County
  • Elton Pond North in Yakima County

Anglers must have current fishing licenses to participate. For more information on these lakes and others throughout the state visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/locations/lowland-lakes.

Up-to-date stocking information can be found online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports/stocking/trout-plants.