North Puget Sound: Lowland lakes: April 23 is opening day for the lowland lakes trout season. Hundreds of lakes will be stocked with thousands of legal-sized trout. For earlier in the month, nearly two-dozen year-round fishing lakes in the region have been stocked with trout, and should provide good fishing opportunities.
Waters stocked with trout averaging 10 to 12 inches in length include Alice, Angle, Beaver, Green, Rattlesnake, Meridian and Sawyer lakes in King County; Campbell, Clear, and Grandy in Skagit County; and Ballinger, Blackmans, Cassidy, Chain, Flowing, Gissberg Ponds (Twin Lakes), Goodwin, Ketchum, Lost (Devil's), Martha, Panther, Roesiger, Shoecraft, and Silver lakes in Snohomish County.
Salmon: Anglers fishing marine areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay) and 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner) have a two-salmon daily limit, but must release wild chinook. Marine areas 7 (San Juan Islands) and 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) are closed to salmon fishing, while Marine Area 9 is open only through April 15.
Fish for a prize: April 23 also marks the start of WDFW's first lowland lake fishing derby, which runs through Sept. 6.
Cutthroat trout: Anglers should also consider targeting cutthroat trout and resident coho in the Sound. Fly fishers often have success with chum fry patterns during tidal changes near rivers. For tips and techniques to improve success at catching sea-run coastal cutthroat trout by flyfishing