North Puget Sound: Lowland lakes: April 22 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 recently stocked include Alice, Beaver, Green, Rattlesnake, and Meridian lakes in King County; Grandy Lake in Skagit County; and Ballinger, Cassidy, Gissberg Ponds (Twin Lakes), Ketchum, and Shoecraft lakes in Snohomish County.
Salmon: Anglers fishing marine areas 7 (San Juans), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay) and 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner) have a two-salmon daily limit, one of which may be a hatchery chinook. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) is closed to salmon fishing, while Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) is open only through April 15.
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 and points. For tips and techniques to improve success at catching sea-run coastal cutthroat trout by flyfishing,
Fishing derby: April 22 will also kick off WDFW's second annual trout fishing derby. Anglers who catch tagged fish in lowland lakes can claim prizes ranging from fishing gear to gift cards offered by license dealers around the state. For a list of lakes with prize fish and details on how to claim prizes, visit the derby webpage.