Five hundred pounds of trout were introduced into Lone Lake on Monday.
The fish were the result of five Western Washington fishing clubs that pooled resources to help restock the lake with rainbow trout from Darrington-based J & D Fisheries, a private farm. Last year, an estimated 1,000 fish in the lake died, and the clubs hoped to lessen the impact as Lone Lake is considered a fishing hotspot.
“It’s not a local lake, it’s a regional one,” said Jake Jacobson, one of the organizers and member of the Evergreen Fly Fishing Club’s Conservation Committee in Everett.
The trout, numbering about 450, were delivered via truck. Members of the various clubs took turns emptying the fish into the lake with small buckets. The entire process took about an hour. Though it rained much of the time, the crowd was all smiles and full of eager anticipation for a good year of fishing on the lake.
While anglers are allowed to keep one fish over 18 inches per day, club members emphasize a voluntary catch-and-release policy. It keeps the fun going, they say.
Here’s a few pictures of the delivery.