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Anglers turn out for opening day

4:57 pm April 29th, 2013

The 2013 fishing season for lowland lakes opened last Saturday at places such as Clear Lake, near Eatonville. As the sun rose from behind Mount Rainier, several calls of “I have another one” could be heard coming from the boats.
Other popular spots locally for opening day included Ohop Lake and Mineral Lake.
Statewide, hundreds of thousands of anglers were expected to flock to more than 600 lakes in hope of landing some of the 17 million trout and kokanee that the state Department of Fish and Wildlife have planted since last year. Those included 160,000 jumbo trout weighing up to 11 pounds apiece, and another 52,000 triploid trout averaging about a pound apiece.

As the sun rose from behind Mount Rainier, opening-day fishermen were out on Clear Lake last Saturday. (Tony Sirgedas/The Dispatch)

As the sun rose from behind Mount Rainier, opening-day fishermen were out on Clear Lake last Saturday. (Tony Sirgedas/The Dispatch)

Whether in boats or casting their lines from shore, everyone had “an excellent chance of catching some nice fish on opening weekend,” said Chris Donley, Fish and Wildlife’s nland fish program manager.

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