Outdoors

Clear Lake

Known as a spiny ray haven for the better part of its sport-fishing existence, Clear Lake's shallows have gotten an occasional load of legal rainbow trout when state hatchery's had leftovers. Now its gets a dose of cutthroat trout fry, a smattering of rainbow fry and a heaping helping of triploid rainbows for trout anglers to break up the spring monotony.

It's open year round, so the trout when active are fair game at the time. Bass clubs pay attention to this Clear Lake spring and fall, so spinnerbaits now or top-water lures mid-summer may worth carrying.

Season: Year-round.

Angler amenities: There is some shore fishing from the ramp area that juts into the lake.

Surface area: 223 acres. Mostly shallow

In the catch: Cutthroat, rainbow, largemouth bass, yellow perch and brown bullheads.

Stocking for 2008: 10,000 cutthroat and 2,000 rainbow fry plus 1,286 triploid rainbows.

Special rules: None, statewide season, size and bag limits apply.

Boat launch: WDFW – paved, located on the north side of the lake off Old Day Creek Road.

Getting there: Take Interstate 5 south to Cook Road, then drive east to Sedro-Woolley. Take Highway 9 south across the Skagit River on Highway 9 to Clear Lake.

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