Green Lake is open for fishing year-round, but the official trout-fishing season doesn’t begin until April 30, 2011.
According to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), 6,000 rainbow trout were released into Green Lake on March 3, followed by 6,000 more on March 29. Further stocking of trout in Green Lake will take place in April and May.
In addition to rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, rock bass, yellow perch and brown bullhead catfish are present in Green Lake, and some years WDFW stocks channel catfish in the lake. Common carp are “extremely abundant,” the WDFW says. In 2000 tiger muskies, a sterile hybrid between north pike and muskellunge, were planted in an attempt to help control the rapidly expanding carp population.
A fishing license is required for everybody aged 15 and older who wishes to fish in Washington State’s lakes. Youth under age 15 do not need a license. Fishing licenses are available online, by phone (1-866-246-9453), from sporting goods stores and other retail license dealers, and from WDFW offices. WDFW fishing regulations are available here.
Two organizations offer fly casting classes at Green Lake Park. Classes begin this week. More information about the classes is available here.