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Washington website devoted to high lakes fishing

WDFW has a high lakes fishing web page.
WDFW has a high lakes fishing web page.

FISHING -- A new “High Lakes” section of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's interactive “Fish Washington” web site has is online with details to help anglers find fish off the beaten path.

High lakes fishing has deteriorated in Washington over the past few decades as national parks have scaled back fish stocking where trout were not native -- which means most high lakes in the Olympics, Mount Rainier and North Cascades national parks.

Don't expect a lot of state staff time to go into keeping this site up to day or full of details -- that would take a lot of field time the agency doesn't have.

Perhaps the biggest value of this new site is easy access to stocking figures to help anglers channel their high-country efforts to the right waters.

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