Text and photos by Marcy Stamper
The Methow Valley Eagles’ opening day fishing derby drew a great turnout last Saturday at Pearrygin Lake State Park near Winthrop. The derby was for kids up to age 15.
According to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) report for opening weekend in lowland lakes fishing, 35 anglers kept a total of 105 fish at Pearrygin Lake — an average of three fish per angler.
“Fishing was slow before 10 a.m. but it really picked up when the weather cleared,” according to the WDFW report.
The largest catch was a 13-inch rainbow trout, the WDFW said.
At Alta Lake, anglers had a harder time of it, with 20 of them keeping only 10 fish. “Heavy rains until 11 a.m. put a damper on catch rates,” the WDFW report said, “but anglers were in good spirits.” The largest catch was a 14-inch rainbow trout.
At Conconully Lake, where there were also heavy rains in the morning, 42 anglers kept 83 fish. “Kokanee sizes were great,” according to the WDFW report. The largest catch of the day was a 17-inch Kokanee.