ELMA, Wash. – Spring is in the air, and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is planning to open Vance Creek Pond #1 to Trout fishing. Mike Sharpf, Region 6 fish biologist tells us Bowers Lake is an “Opening Day” lake regulated for juvenile, senior, and disabled fishers only, and will open April 5th through April 13th.
Bowers Lake will re-open with the regularly scheduled lowland trout opener on April 26, 2014.

Grays Harbor County’s Vance Creek Ponds are located about a mile south of Elma and south of Highway #12. Pond #1 is open to fishing for juveniles under 15 years old, seniors over 70 years old and persons with disability licenses. Pond #2 is open to all qualified anglers. Fish species for both ponds include rainbow trout and largemouth bass. Public access is through Vance Creek County Park. The park provides modern restrooms, picnic areas and a swimming area. There is also a concrete plank boat launching ramp at Pond #2 and bank fishing opportunities at Pond #1. No internal combustion engines are allowed on the ponds.

Area open to fishing April 5 through April 13 is Bowers Lake only. Lake Inez (Vance Creek Pond #2), west of Bowers Lake will remain closed until the regularly scheduled lowland trout opener on April 26, 2014.