The Washington State 2021 Trout Fishing Derby officially begins Saturday, April 24th. There are more than 1,000 prizes available in 2021, worth a total value of more than $38,000. The derby runs through October 31st.

“Many lakes throughout Washington are open for trout year-round, but opening day is a major event that brings people out to fish from all over the state,” said Steve Caromile, Inland Fish Program manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

There are more than 7,000 lakes, ponds and reservoirs in Washington, and hundreds of WDFW-managed water-access areas, including some with areas accessible for people with disabilities. Other state and federal agencies operate hundreds more. Details on water access area locations can be found on WDFW’s website, Fishing Locations.

WDFW stocks lakes year-round with a variety of species, including over 16 million trout and kokanee in the past year. To participate in the opener and the derby, Washington anglers must have an annual freshwater, combination, or Fish Washington fishing license valid through March 31, 2022. Licenses can be purchased online at Fishing Licenses, by telephone at 1-866-246-9453, or at hundreds of license dealers across the state.

Marcee Maylin has a degree in Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington and 30+ years media experience. She is currently the Editor of the Everett Post dedicated to providing current, relevant, and entertaining content for the local community.