Delane Lutz, Addison Moore and Hannah Goerg were delighted at the chance to experience the most recent planting of trophy triploid trout into Lake Stevens at the Wyatt Park boat ramp earlier this month.
Triploid trout are bred to be fast growing sterile fish and have been recorded to grow with poundage into the teens.
The first planting in Lake Stevens was done in May of 2005 and has been ongoing when funds have been available. The planting pictured here was the first for 2011 but more plants are expected this year.
In the past funding has come from Lake Stevens individuals as well as some local businesses.
This community project was created by Laurie and Jim Goerg, Lake Stevens residents and publishers of The Reel News, a regional sportfishing publication. The Goergs hope to continue this tradition but request more help on the funding end.
“As we see fishing opportunities dwindle in Washington, this is one of the bright spots for kids and families that can be offered here in Snohomish County,” Laurie Goerg said. “With help from others, we’re proud that we can do it here at home in our own community.”
If you wish to help turn Lake Stevens into a family fishing opportunity for the trophy trout fishery please submit your tax deductible contribution to: CTEP (Cooperative Trout Enhancement Program), Jim Goerg, 621 SR 9 NE, #A-16, Lake Stevens, WA.