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Pacific Lake now stocked with 10,000 rainbow trout


Pacific Lake, just a few miles from Odessa, has once again filled with water after a wet winter and spring in eastern Washington, as reported recently in The Odessa Record. Now local fishermen are on the scene, following stocking of the lake with about 10,000 rainbow trout, each 9 to 10 inches long, according to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department.

The Department expects the fishing to be very good in a short while, as the grasses that have been growing in the formerly dry lake bed would provide plenty of nutrients for the fish that have now been stocked there.

Last week, Odessa’s second-graders were taken on a tour of the Odessa Craters and then on to Pacific Lake to view the water that had been missing for all of their lives. Until this spring, the lake bed had been dry since the early 1990s. Local Bureau of Land Management representative Chris Shafer led the tour and kept the children engaged, said second grade teacher Kim Todd.

The fishing season is now open and licenses can be obtained locally at Ramm Hardware or via the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s website. It has been reported to The Record that at least one local man has brought in a couple of 10-inch rainbows since the fishing season opened this week.

Last weekend, Jim and Steve Boss were also out on the lake in kayaks, getting some sun and upper-body exercise. It is rather an exciting time for area folks who have been missing the wonderful recreation opportunities of Pacific Lake for so many years.


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