Washington Trout Derby Offers Prizes for Anglers Starting April 27

Washington Trout Derby Offers Prizes for Anglers Starting April 27

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Washington anglers are gearing up for the start of the state's trout derby, which coincides with the opening day for hundreds of lakes on April 27. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) stocks millions of trout in lakes across the state each year, providing ample opportunities for anglers to reel in a prize catch during the six-month season.

This year, over 14.5 million trout and kokanee, averaging 12 to 14 inches, have been placed in Washington waters. More than 140,000 jumbo trout, measuring over 14 inches and weighing 1 to 1.5 pounds, are also up for grabs.

Anglers who catch a trout with a yellow tag can enter the tag information into the WDFW's prize portal until November 4 to claim their prize. With more than 800 prizes worth over $42,000 in total, lucky anglers can win anything from $20 gift cards to a $1,000 refrigerator. Prizes are donated by licensing partners and local businesses, ensuring that the derby remains a cost-free initiative for the WDFW.

To participate in the derby and redeem prizes, anglers must have a valid Washington fishing license. Acceptable options include the 2024 Get Outdoors package, annual freshwater license, annual Fish Washington license, or annual combination license.

Now in its ninth year, the trout derby began in 2015 as part of a nationwide effort to increase and diversify participation in angling, hunting, and shooting sports. According to Steve Caromile, WDFW's inland fish program manager, trout fishing accounts for an estimated 70% of angling in Washington and is one of the most important activities the department undertakes each year.

The derby not only helps fund WDFW operations but also drives foot traffic and support for local businesses. With its accessibility and potential for prizes, the trout derby offers a fun and rewarding outdoor experience for anglers of all ages and skill levels.

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