Outdoors

Lake McMurray

The largest of the hatchery-rainbow stocked lakes in Skagit County, McMurray draws a cosmopolitan crowd from several counties out after its opening day trout. There is usually room to troll here especially in the lake's deeper middle section or anglers can anchor at either end and still-fish to their heart's content.

Season: Last Saturday in April to Oct. 31.

Angler amenities: There are several private group access points if you are willing to join a fraternal or community club.

Surface area: 160 acres.

In the catch: Rainbow trout, native cutthroat and coho; on the warmwater ledger, perch, crappie and some largemouth bass.

Stocking for 2008: 17,000 legal rainbows.

Special rules: Season only, statewide size and bag limits apply. Also landlocked salmon rules apply.

Boat launch: Fish and Wildlife _ gravel, but will accommodate small trailered craft.

Getting there: Take Highway 534 east about five miles east from Conway. The public access is on the lake's south end. Parking spills over on to narrow access road out to highway.

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