North Puget Sound: Lowland lakes: April 28 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 already been stocked with trout, and should provide good fishing opportunities.
Waters recently stocked include Alice, Beaver, Green, and Rattlesnake lakes in King County, and Ballinger, Cassidy, Gissberg Ponds (Twin Lakes), Ketchum, and Shoecraft lakes in Snohomish County.
Fishing derby: April 28 will also kick off WDFW's third 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.
Salmon: Marine areas 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gamble) are open to salmon fishing through the end of the month. Anglers have a daily limit of one salmon, and must release wild chinook and coho in these areas.
Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) is open to salmon fishing through April 15. State fishery managers recently increased the daily limit in Marine Area 9 to two salmon, but anglers must release wild chinook and coho. Check the rule change for details.
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.