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Monday, April 24, 2017
By Dave Graybill
I hit the road on Saturday morning to check out the action on a few lakes in Central Washington, to see how opening day anglers were doing. At Park Lake, near Soap Lake, there were hordes of happy anglers. Many limits were being cleaned at the station here and most of the fish were 11-inch catchables, as both Park and Blue lakes were rehabbed last fall. I then traveled up over the hill to Jameson Lake. This lake could be renamed “Whopperville”, as I have never seen so many big rainbow being caught at a lake on opening day. I stopped to see how one party of anglers was doing and their stringer must have weighed 30 pounds! One fish was 24 inches long and weighed at least 6 pounds. This was a carryover, too, not one of the triploids planted prior to the opener. I then stopped at Wapato Lake, where the $50,000 Manson Derby was taking place. There were lots of happy anglers here, too, with limits of fat rainbow being turned in. Most of the fish here were 12 to 14 inches, and the youngster that won in the youth division caught the biggest fish for the derby, weighing 2.3 pounds.