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Padden gets big rainbows for Dad

Lake Padden has received 250 triploid rainbow trout in time to take Dad fishing on Father's Day.

These robust fish are running one and half pounds a piece and about 15-17 inches.

Earlier this spring Padden also got 20,000 smaller rainbow trout for opening day and many of those should be growing and still available to anglers.

Trolling, still-fishing and fly-casting will take these fish. Practitioners, according to their preferred technique can use trout fishing lures (such as Miracles, Dick Nites, small Rooster Tails), bait (single eggs, garden worms and Powerbait) or fly patterns including Carrot Nymphs, Woolly Buggers or Mayfly emergers or nymphs.

Triploids may be kept as part of the five trout per day bag limit. If Dad has a $14.80 ($6 for persons age 70 and older) two-pole endorsement besides his basic license, he can fish two rods at Padden to catch his five fish. 

Padden has two fishing docks (on its east and west sides) and a full accessible water's edge revetment located near the tennis courts on the northwest side off Wilkin Street) plus plenty of spots tucked around its banks. A city park trail parallels the entire shore.

A concrete boat ramp with good maneuvering room is located on the northeast shore off the main golf course entrance.

Lake Campbell in nearby Skagit County received a similar dose of rainbows for Father's Day fishing.

Always check on line and brush up on the 2014-15 personal use (sport-fishing) regulations at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ or stop by a hunting and fishing license dealer to get a hard copy.