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Fishing at Green Lake Park

What do you think? (6 Comments) April 2, 2011 at 4:41PM

Creative Commons License photo credit: shannonkringen

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.

March 29, 2011 stocking of rainbow trout in Green Lake - Photo courtesy Garet Munger

March 29, 2011 stocking of rainbow trout in Green Lake - Photo courtesy Garet Munger

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.

6 Responses to “Fishing at Green Lake Park”

  1. Kringgoddess says:

    nice to see my photo here and learn something about how fishing at greenlake works!

  2. So why do we stock fish in Green Lake? Is it just for fishing, or does it provide some sort of environmental benefit as well? If it is just for sport, it seems… wrong.

  3. Fossilcrinoid says:

    It’s disturbing to see inexperienced or thoughtless fishers around the
    lake, not using the most humane methods to kill the fish. I had a short
    conversation the other day with a fisherman who simply put the live fish
    in a plastic bag to suffocate. It was simply awful, and there was
    nothing I could do. I asked if he planned to quickly kill the fish and
    he just laughed and shook his head. I grew up with a dad who was an avid
    fisherman. His number one rule was to ensure a quick and humane killing
    of any fish that were to be eaten. I wish Greenlake, by way of its
    program and signage, would at least suggest some sort of humane
    standard, for those wishing to fish in a city park.

  4. Fossilcrinoid says:

    It’s disturbing to see inexperienced or thoughtless fishers around the
    lake, not using the most humane methods to kill the fish. I had a short
    conversation the other day with a fisherman who simply put the live fish
    in a plastic bag to suffocate. It was simply awful, and there was
    nothing I could do. I asked if he planned to quickly kill the fish and
    he just laughed and shook his head. I grew up with a dad who was an avid
    fisherman. His number one rule was to ensure a quick and humane killing
    of any fish that were to be eaten. I wish Greenlake, by way of its
    program and signage, would at least suggest some sort of humane
    standard, for those wishing to fish in a city park.