Lakes stocked with fish for Black Friday

This holiday weekend brings opportunities for fishing throughout the state.

The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife traditionally stocks lakes in Washington prior to Black Friday so that anglers have a chance to spend the weekend on the water.

Stocking includes thousands of large trout averaging 15 to 16 inches in length and weighing up to three pounds.

“This is a great chance to enjoy a fun day on the water with family and friends,” said Steve Caromile, WDFW inland fish program manager. “I can’t think of a better way to pre-celebrate the holidays.”

Since March, 33,866 have been stocked into Grays Harbor waters, with 28,031 placed in Pacific County.

“WDFW’s trout stocking and hatchery programs are active year-round,” said Caromile. “We provide the gift of spending time with friends and family on lakes around the state, at any time of the year.”

For up-to-date stocking information this fall, anglers should follow the department’s weekly catchable trout stocking report at, where they can find reports on stocking that have taken place within the last 30 days and in the past week. 

Anglers 15 years and older must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2020, to participate.

Licenses can be purchased by telephone at 1-866-246-9453, at, or at hundreds of license vendors across the state.

For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at