Trout and PowerBait in Lowland Lakes: Great Times for Tens of Thousands in Washington

There is the legendary adventure of trekking to a mountain river, holding a fly rod in hand to catch wild trout. All of this, of course, takes place in a poetic environment in which nature speaks to you.

Then there’s the trout fishing made by more than 30,000 fishermen, mostly in 200 low lakes this side of the mountains, on the opening day of the fishing season on Saturday, April 23.

This is fishing at a wharf at Martha Lake Park in Lynnwood, after fast traffic on 164y Southwest Street, not far from Walmart.

Each year, the state issues 650,000 to 700,000 freshwater fishing licenses, with about 75% of them used for trout fishing, a “high percentage” that takes place in low-lying lakes, says the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

It is an outdoor experience that may not be suitable for many in a digital city for whom fishing is an experience left to the outdoor channel.

But then for the young couple, the kids come and things change. At the giant Hooked on Toys & Sporting Goods store in Wenatchee, Johnny Stavingford, a buyer of fishing goods, said he sees these young families come. And why not? The store is a must place for many who go to the recreation areas located there.

“This state has a lot of lakes full of trout, and they’re perfectly willing to nibble,” he said.

According to a 2020 report from the Outdoor Industry Association, 50 million Americans fished in 2019, the highest number in a decade, with 3 million fished for the first time that year, including 1.2 million children aged 6-12.

Many of us are familiar with this type of external experience.

We know all about stacking the family in the minivan, which is filled with kids and rod and reel sets that you can buy for under $20.

These novice trout fishermen soon discover these The modern way to fish for trout: bait fishing using a product called PowerBait, or one of its lesser-known competitors, which is artificial bait imbued with aromas and flavours.

Forget digging for earthworms.

The putty, which you dye around a hook, is irresistible to trout. It floats, so it can bypass any weeds on the bottom. You definitely don’t conjure up young Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It.

This Saturday morning in Lake Martha, you can find Beth Lyson, 60, of Everett, and she’s a regular. The sidewalk was crowded with dozens of adults and children. Some have brought lawn chairs.

In many cases in the dock, even years later, many of the regular members of this informal social club do not know each other’s family names. Sometimes, there is a mention of a person who no longer comes, having been afflicted by an illness.

She started fishing with her husband, Allison, a few years ago. He passed away in 2018 at the age of 68. She misses him so much, and remembers how long they were together. “Almost 26 years old.”

After his death, she continued hunting. “It helps me cope,” she said.

The group is thrilled when Lyson pulls a line out of the water with the 17-inch trout she caught earlier. “Nice.” “Beauty.”

Some of them know about her grief. They don’t make it a point of discussion. This is not a place for in-depth philosophical discussions, more about where to cast to avoid falling into water lilies.

This morning Randy Myers, 41, was from Bothell, as on the sidewalk. It’s been three years since he’s kept running through Lyson on the dock, but he said, “I don’t take things too personal.”

Myers, who is a service manager at a pest control company, said he shows up at the pier most Saturdays and Sundays until the lake trout season ends on October 31.

He said: “It is comfortable, it takes me away from the hustle and bustle of life.” Myers gives plenty of salmon he catches to elderly neighbors.

Only then, high on a coastal tree, did he see Nasrin. “It’s huge!” The rest of those in the dock are looking up. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.

And to keep trout fishermen happy, this year the state, across 750 lakes, will farm more than 2.1 million “pickable” trout and kookani. The latter is a form of trout that does not migrate.

Then, to give fishermen hope for a bigger fish, 147,000 “jumbos” will be planted. This trout measures 14 inches in size and each weighs over one pound. For good measure, they also farmed 14 million smaller fish that would grow into adults.

Smart trout fishermen know how to write “wdfw fishing reports” on Google.

This takes them to a link showing when hatcheries trout were released into a lake – the date, how much, and what sizes (usually 10 to 11 inches, with a few larger ones).

For Lake Martha, just over a week before opening day, 6,814 trout were dumped into it.

The state says that this 61-acre glacial lake fed by two small streams couldn’t sustain the kind of intense fishing it enjoyed without stockpiling.

And fishing some trout is what it’s all about, when you’re David Oliphant, his wife Claire Oliphant and their two boys, Andrew, 5, and Ben, 3.

The couple lives in Mill Creek and was just a short drive from Lake Martha on opening day. Previously, the father had spent a few minutes explaining to the children how to cast.

“I grew up fishing,” he said in Spokane. Now he wants to convey this interest.

“No, we didn’t catch any fish. That’s okay,” Claire said. Since then, they’ve gone fishing at the pier twice, and they haven’t been so lucky either.

“We’ll pick up something at the end,” she said. She remembers the first fish she caught as a child. I expected trout. I caught a catfish. “I was so excited, this was a really ugly fish.”

It used to be that trout were caught in one of these lakes using a worm, salmon eggs, insect larva, or some other type of traditional bait. still does, sometimes.

But, in 1988, Berkley Inc. Headquartered in Spirit Lake, Iowa, PowerBait. It quickly became a marketing phenomenon and is found in almost all sporting goods stores.

In a 1990 story in the Seattle Times, Berkeley’s director of fish biology told how the company created aquariums with different types of fish.

Then its researchers tossed cotton balls soaked in various ingredients, ranging from crushed worms to compounds from well-known fish foods, and kept an eye on what the fish were searching for. With compounds that trout really love, Berkeley infused them into their PowerBait paste at levels “much above nature.”

The use of this artificial bait angers some fundamentalists. It even comes with a brown color and a flavor that mimics hatchery food.

Is PowerBait ‘cheating’ a forum thread on Yes, no, maybe, is hiring a cheating fishing guide? were among the responses.

Buzz Ramsey, 72, of Klickitat, is a longtime Northwest Sportsman columnist who has worked for years in the fishing lure industry. He designed different kinds of magic.

In this story, he made a diagram of the simplest way to use PowerBait in a lake.

It’s a bunch of naysayers, Ramsey said of those who underestimate the dough.

Yes, you can take a boat and use fishing gear to catch trout.

“A lot of people live in apartments. They don’t have a boat,” Ramzi said.

He said it can be very overwhelming to go to a sporting goods store and see all kinds of different equipment.

Instead, what a beginner can do is buy a simple rod and reel set, “a few jars of PowerBait” and some basic items like hooks and weights, “and it’s time to catch some fish,” He said. Justin Spinelli, a Bellingham State fish biologist, grew up in that city as a kid who used to fish at the Whatcom Falls Derby Pond in a city park there.

“It was exciting to watch a Popper sink underwater, while he’s out. When I was in high school, I decided I wanted to manage the fisheries.”

Now married, 42, has a daughter, 8, and a son, 11, who took them to the same pool.

“We usually use baits. They get really good at sending and retrieving. My personal philosophy is that if I’m not going to catch a fish, I don’t use bait,” Spinelli said.

Sometimes they use bait. Spinelli said he understands very well all these people who appear in the lower lakes.

You can get outside and have fun, it’s a nice and cheap day trip. it’s OK.

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