• Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

    More than 125,000 trout destined for area lakes

    With some 125,000 trout scheduled for stocking in western Washington lakes, area anglers should have an excellent chance at phenomenal fishing this fall and through the holiday season. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will stock 44 western Washington lakes with catchable-size trout this fall. “Fishing at lakes throughout the region should be […]

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  • Full circle from Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, to Giving Tuesday

    SEATTLE – Merchants report sales up 2.3 percent, compared with last year, in the holiday buying frenzy of Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday. Today is Cyber Monday, known for online shopping. So, charitable groups are hoping there’s some time and money left for a different focus.

    Giving Tuesday is tomorrow, Dec 3. It began last year as an antidote to the holiday consumer frenzy, and has grown to include more than 8,000 partner organizations, in all 50 states.

    Henry Timms, who runs a New York “Y,” is credited with coming up with the idea.

    “Every year, we hear a lot of people complaining that they think things are too consumer-focused,” Timms said. “What we hope is that Giving Tuesday gives them a chance to really put that complaint to good use and think, ‘How can I give something back?'”

    The event is also known as #GivingTuesday, since it started on social media. Timms said this year, they’re putting an online spin on the fad of taking “selfies” – photos of themselves that people share on social media. He called it the “UN-selfie.”

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  • WDFW to stock western Washington lakes with large rainbow trout this fall

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – As part of its new “Fall into Fishing” promotion, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fish hatchery crews began stocking 33 Western Washington lakes with 75,000 large rainbow trout in October.

    Fall into Fishing stocking efforts will continue into November leading up to WDFW’s second-annual “Black Friday” fishing event on the day after Thanksgiving.

    “We’re launching Fall into Fishing in response to requests from anglers to increase year-round trout fishing opportunities in western Washington,” said Chris Donley, inland lakes program manager.

    Three lakes in King County – Morton, Green, and Meridian – have been stocked, as well as Silver Lake in Snohomish County.

    “Meridian, Green, Morton, and Silver lakes should provide excellent fishing opportunities this weekend and throughout October,” said Donley. “But this is just the beginning.  All fall, anglers can expect 12 to 17-inch trout as well as some 5 to 6 pounders at many Puget Sound and southwest Washington lakes.”

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  • Moods Are Light on Black Friday

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Black Friday Specials are bringing people out in their pajamas to get that bargain price as holiday shopping gets into full swing today. Many businesses in The South Shore Mall opened early to get people out of the rain  JC Penny’s employee Laurie McDowell, said “we started opening the doors about three thirty, we had hot cider and coffee outside of the store in the mall here, so people didn’t have to stand in the rain.” McDowell said the store was very busy, and that people have been in a good mood “we were so busy that first hour that we couldn’t move from the registers, people have been great all day, everybody’s getting into the mood for Christmas.”

    New faces may also notice new stores; The Incense Booth in the former KITS Camera location, the Hickory Farms store is open again, Kowai Ethnic Designs, The Gregorian Group, and the new HodgePodge re-store.

    Opening at 7 this morning, Dennis Company had a packed parking lot on the SouthSide of Aberdeen. One customer said they had lines at both doors backed up into the parking lot.

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  • 60,000 large rainbow trout stocked on westside, part of WDFW’s “Fall into Fishing”

    OLYMPIA – With tens of thousands of large rainbow trout recently stocked and more on the way, Puget Sound and Southwest Washington anglers can cross an early item off holiday wish lists.

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has now stocked most of 33 Western Washington lakes scheduled to receive a total of 75,000 large rainbow trout by Thanksgiving.

    Chris Donley, WDFW’s inland fish program manager, said he expects angling to be very good throughout the winter months at all of these lakes.

    “Most of the trout stretch 12 to 17 inches, but some tip the scales at 5 or 6 pounds,” said Donley. “These are very nice trout, and they’re ready to be caught now.”

    A list of these lakes – as well as the department’s recently updated stocking plan for Fall into Fishing and Black Friday – is available for viewing at http://1.usa.gov/1gusSdq. For up-to-date stocking information, see the department’s weekly catchable trout stocking report athttp://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.

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