Rowland Lake tops for opening-day anglers

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Rowland Lake in Klickitat County proved to be the hotspot Saturday among the five lakes in Southwest Washington that opened their fishing season.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife checked 47 anglers at the lake east of Bingen with 104 fish kept and 148 released, a 5.36 catch average.

At Horsethief Lake inside Columbia Hills State Park, the state sampled 36 rods with 118 fish kept and 22 released for a 3.89 average. Several smallmouth bass also were landed at Horsethief.

The numbers at nearby Spearfish Lake were 30 anglers with 88 fish kept and 28 released for a 3.87 average. Twenty-three of the large triploid rainbow trout were part of the catch.

Swift Reservoir, a 4,500-acre lake in Skamania County opened with a catch average of 3.3 fish. State samplers checked 40 anglers with 90 fish kept and 42 released.

Three landlocked coho and two bull trout were caught and released at Swift.

Kidney Lake near North Bonneville averaged 3.52 trout per angler. The sample of 42 fishermen found 91 fish kept and 57 released.