April 27, 1998
Jeremy Deline of Duvall holds up a mess of Rainbow Trout he caught on Lake Margaret last Saturday.
by Andrew Walgamott
The opening of lowland lake fishing across Washington last Saturday lured thousands of fishermen to well-stocked lakes and saw many take home limits of chubby trout. But for some, it was more than just fishing, it was about fathers passing traditions to children, bonding with friends and just getting outside.
Jeff Deline, a Duvall-area resident, took his two young sons who like to fish down to Lake Margaret. Deline's son Jeremy caught his limit of five trout in an hour-and-a-half at Lake Margaret trolling a pink wedding ring. While Jeremy ran home to clean the fish around noon, it was son Josh's turn at the hungry rainbows. "It' fun to watch them catch fish," Deline said. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) planted 5,500 trout in Lake Margaret in early April.
Andy Johnson, an Issaquah resident spent the morning with his father, Vern, and brother, Cory. "It's kind of an annual family thing," Johnson said. The crew were in their boat at Margaret at 5:30 a.m. and did well trolling flatfish and hot shots, catching 13 rainbows that ranged between eight inches and sixteen inches. Johnson reported a few slow periods, but said fishing was generally steady.
Over at Lake Langlois near Carnation, the Wallinger family of Woodinville caught their limits using power bait and worms fished off the bottom and under bobbers, respectively. Afterwards, Mathew Wallinger, 7, and his brother, Stephen, 4, posed as their father, Mike, took their picture while they held up the mess of rainbows. Mike's friend Tom noted the morning's excursion was "more for the kids," while Mathew found out trout were slimy when kissed. Mike said he' started the boys fishing when they were two-years-old. He and Tom enjoy steelheading on the Skykomish and Cowlitz rivers. Langlois was stocked with 5,000 rainbows in mid-April as well as "triploid" trout, a neutered fish as big as a steelhead. One fisherman caught a 28-inch, five pounder on a prince nymph fished on a sinking fly line.
Not everybody caught fish
It could have been a little bit warmer for David Jones, Bill Hauman and Gary Samples who shivered part of the morning away at the Lost Lake boat launch. None of the 2.4 million trout the DFW planted across the state for the opener were biting the power bait at the end of their lines. "I left 86-degree weather to come to this beautiful 46-degree weather," Samples, who came up from Florida, joked. "Oh, quit your whining," his buddy "Hop-along" Bill good-naturedly teased. Lost Lake is near Maltby. It received a planting of 1,500 rainbow in late March, though few were biting. According to this newspaper's unofficial boat launch poll, those in boats did best, though results were split about evenly between trollers and still fishermen. The state says planted fish tend to stay in the top three to five feet of water.
Other planted lakes are Cottage, 4,500; Leota, 1,000; Rattlesnake, 18,000; Echo, 2,000; Flowing, 10,500; Panther, 3,500; Storm, 8,000; Wagner, 2,500. For more information on plantings, go to wa.gov.wdfw/fishcorn.htm.