By Polly Keary, Editor
All around Washington, avid anglers are getting ready to hit local lakes on opening day of the fishing season, Saturday, April 27.
Most of the lakes around the Sky Valley are open all year, but it’s still a great time to gear up and get out there because local lakes are only stocked once a year, and most of them were stocked in the last few weeks.
Here is a list of local lakes, including when they were stocked and what you might catch.
Three miles north of Monroe, this lake is open year-round. Find rainbow trout, black crappie, pumpkinseed and largemouth bass. There is a ramp for launching canoes and other small craft not requiring a trailer, and motorized boats aren’t allowed.
It was stocked with 2,030 rainbow trout March 19.
This Tualco Valley oxbow lake, 3.5 miles south of Monroe, is open all year. Find largemouth bass, pumpkinseed and yellow perch. There is shoreline access to the lake, and non-motorized boats are okay.
Nine miles north of Sultan at the headwaters of Miller Creek, this lake is open year-round. There is reportedly excellent fishing for Eastern brook trout and rainbow trout, but getting to them can be a bit of a challenge. The lake is accessible by foot or mountain bike, and a raft or float tube is recommended as the shore is very brushy.
There are two Echo Lakes in the area; this one is two miles southeast of SR 522 near Maltby. It opens on opening day, and there is a boat ramp and toilets on the east side of the lake. Find mostly rainbow trout.
This lake was stocked with 2,004 rainbow trout April 15.
Six miles north of Monroe, this lake is open year-round. Find triploid (extra large) rainbow trout and largemouth bass. There is a toilet and limited parking, and a new dock provides access to shore fishers. There is also a boat launch, paved parking and space for shore fishers on the north shore of the lake.
This lake was stocked with 420 large rainbow trout March 21 and 6,000 regular rainbow trout March 17.
About eight miles north of Monroe, this lake is open year-round. This lake is loaded with species, including natural kokanee, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead catfish and yellow perch, as well as bountifully stocked rainbow trout. There is a 10-inch minimum, nine fish limit on black crappie. Lake Roesiger has some parking, a toilet on the south shore, and a boat ramp, and there is a county park on the east shore.
This lake was stocked with 520 large rainbow trout March 25.
There have been a total of nine lakes named Lost Lake in Snohomish County over the years; they have been narrowed to two and this is one of them. This lake is six miles northwest of Sultan, and is open year-round. It is said to have excellent fly-fishing from a float tube. Catch rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout. If you don’t have a tube, there is a small fishing pier on the lake.
This is the other Lost Lake in Snohomish County. It is located 2.5 miles east of Maltby from SR 522, and is open year-round. Find native cutthroat trout and largemouth bass. There is a boat launch, parking and toilets, as well.
This lake was stocked with 1,200 rainbow trout March 18.
Spada Lake is the municipal reservoir for the town of Sultan, and it opens on opening day. There are selective gear rules and size restrictions in effect on this lake; check your pamphlet for the latest. Find wild coastal cutthroat and rainbow trout, as well as the rare brown catfish.
This lake is closed to motorized boats, but there are several ramps for car-toppers.
Monroe’s Lake Tye is open year-round, and is home to hatchery rainbow trout, including some jumbo fish. Also find pumpkinseed, brown bullhead and largemouth bass. There is ample shore fishing, and non-motorized boats are welcome.
This lake was stocked with 214 large rainbow trout, averaging 1.5 pounds each, March 25, and 2,029 regular rainbow trout March 15.
This lake opens on opening day, and is a couple miles northeast of Monroe. It is stocked with rainbow trout, and is also home to largemouth bass. There is a narrow ramp on the southwest shore of the lake.