North Central Washington: May is a prime fishing month throughout the region; action is heating up on waters that just opened or opened previously.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff made creel checks on the April 25 lowland lakes opener. The average catch rates they tallied are a good indicator of how fishing will continue at least through this month.
Anglers fishing in Grant Countys Blue Lake caught an average of 3.5 rainbow trout per person. The fish were 15-17 inches in size. The number of anglers out on Blue Lake opening weekend was down about 30 percent from previous years. That just means theres more trout to go around, and possibly for longer, said Chad Jackson, WDFW district fish biologist. Deep Lake saw an average of 3.9 trout per angler, with the biggest fish was 12-1/2 inches. Anglers at Park Lake caught an average of 2.3 trout, most averaging 14 inches with one 25-inch brown trout recorded. Warden Lake anglers caught an average of 3.1 trout. Most of those trout were between 10 and 12 inches in size.
Douglas Countys Jameson Lake saw an average of 3.3 trout caught per angler, with the largest rainbow a 17-incher.
Okanogan Countys Blue Lake on the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area saw an average of 3.5 trout per angler on the opener, with the biggest fish measured a 22-inch brown trout. Anglers at Fish Lake, also on the Sinlahekin, each averaged two rainbow trout up to 16 inches. Conconully Lake anglers averaged 3.4 rainbow trout up to 17 inches. At Conconully Reservoir the average catch was 2.8 rainbow trout of up to12 inches in size.
Round Lake, east of Tonasket, had one of the countys best catch averages on the opener with 4.1 trout per angler. The handful fly-fishers at Chopaka Lake, north of Loomis, caught an average of 7.9 trout each. However, anglers are only allowed to keep one trout per day on the lake. Long Lake produced a 3.1 trout per angler average. Anglers at Alta Lake near Pateros averaged 2.6 trout up to 17 inches.
Chelan Countys Beehive Reservoir produced an average of 4.5 trout per angler with fish up to 19 inches. Wapato Lake anglers averaged 4.8 trout, of up to 16-1/2 inches.