Washington’s annual trout derby set to launch as season begins April 23

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — It’s almost trout season in Washington state, which means the annual trout derby will follow shortly after.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is preparing for people across the state to hit their nearest lake or pond on Saturday, April 23. By then, lakes will be stocked with hundreds of catchable trout, launching the 2022 trout derby.

To compete, you must have an annual freshwater, combination, or Fish Washington fishing license valid through March 31, 2023. Please be advised that temporary combination fishing licenses aren’t eligible for use between April 23 and 30.

“Opening day is truly a statewide celebration,” said Steve Caromile, Inland Fish Program manager with WDFW. “It’s a great opportunity to get back out on the water after a long winter, to spend time with friends and loved ones, bring home a healthy meal, and even possibly win some prizes.”

More than 800 prizes are being made available for the 2022 trout derby. The total value of the prizes is more than $37,000, and the derby comes to a close after Halloween 2022. Catching tagged fish is the key to earning a shot at one of those prizes.

For more information on the trout derby and licensing, click here to visit the WDFW website.


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