What’s that? You’re not looking forward to Black Friday?

You don’t like lines? You don’t care about being the first on your block to own the latest technogadget?

You’d prefer a “holiday special” of a very different kind — like, say, a big rainbow trout tugging on the end of your line?

That’s the idea behind the Black Friday trout fishery opportunity at six lakes in southwest Washington, including Rowland Lake in Klickitat County and Kress Lake in Cowlitz County.

Those lakes, as well as Battleground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County and the Fort Borst Park and South Lewis County Park ponds in Lewis County, will be closed for the four days leading up to the Nov. 23 Black Friday so that they can be stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 1 1/4-quarter pounds apiece from the Goldendale and Mossyrock fish hatcheries.

“If you’d rather be out on the water than shopping in a mall,” says WDFW fish biologist John Weinheimer, “this fishery is for you.”

I don’t know. Waiting in a line ... or having a fat, wriggling, feisty trout on a line. That’s a tough one.


— Scott Sandsberry