Battle Ground Lake to get jumbo trout

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Battle Ground, Rowland and three other lakes in Southwest Washington will be stocked with large rainbow trout for a special fishery beginning Nov. 25.

The five lakes, which also include Kress Lake near Kalama and Fort Borst Pond and South Lewis County Pond in Lewis County, will be closed starting Monday.

The lakes will be planted and time allowed for the fish to get acclimated. Then fishing will open the day after Thanksgiving.

The trout will average more than a pound. Battle Ground Lake will get 2,500 trout. Rowland Lake, a Columbia River backwater east of Bingen in Klickitat County, will get 1,700 trout.

Kress Lake will receive 1,000 trout and each of the Lewis County ponds will get 1,200. Fishing at Forst Borst Pond is limited to juveniles only.