Lake Padden

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently stocked Lake Padden in Bellingham with 1,100 rainbow trout.

Gamefish season extended at Lake Padden

WDFW stocked 1,100 catchable-size rainbow trout in Whatcom County’s Lake Padden for a Heritage Fishing Day event. Since many fish were left in the lake, WDFW is expanding the gamefish season from Nov. 1 to Jan. 6, 2019. 

After Lake Padden closes Jan. 7, it will re-open to fishing on the fourth Saturday in April. No internal combustion motors are allowed on the lake. Anglers are asked to take preventative measures to prevent the spread of invasive New Zealand mudsnails recently discovered in the lake. See for more information.


WDFW offers digital open house with new director

WDFW has scheduled a public webinar for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28 to give its new director, Kelly Susewind, an opportunity to discuss the agency’s long-term plans to conserve fish and wildlife and promote outdoor recreation throughout the state. 

To take part, visit starting at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. The webinar will supplement in-person forums in November in select cities (closest is Issaquah) and will be available at the department’s website starting Nov. 29 for anyone interested.

The nine-member Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously to selected Susewind as WDFW’s director in June. He grew up in Aberdeen and describes himself as a lifelong fishing, hunting and outdoors enthusiast.


Join WDFW’s Master Hunter Advisory Group

WDFW is accepting letters of interest through Dec. 31 for membership on its Master Hunter Advisory Group. Members advise WDFW on issues and opportunities affecting master hunters and the Master Hunter Permit Program.

Five volunteers are needed to fill three-year terms beginning April 1, 2019, on the 15-member group. At least two advisory group members should reside within each of the six WDFW administrative regions. Region 4, covering Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties, has one vacancy, as does Region 3 in eastern Washington and Region 6 in southwest Washington. Two other vacancies are for any county in the state.

All appointees must retain their Master Hunter certification status throughout their entire term. The group meets four or more times a year, usually in Ellensburg. Mileage reimbursement is provided/

Applicants for membership should submit a letter of interest explaining: 1) why they want to be a member of the Master Hunter Advisory Group, 2) what qualifies them to be a member, and 3) how they can help the group achieve its goals, along with contact information (phone number, email address, mailing address, county of residence) and permission for WDFW to conduct a criminal background check. Sned letters to Kris Thorson at or to WDFW Wildlife Program, Master Hunter Section, PO Box 43141, Olympia, WA 98504.


WDFW taking applications for ALEA grants

WDFW will begin accepting grant applications on Dec. 1 for volunteer projects that benefit the state’s fish and wildlife resources and the public’s enjoyment of them.

WDFW estimates $867,000 will be available for grants, funded through the state’s Aquatic Land Enhancement Account (ALEA), for projects occurring between July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. The amount available is subject to legislative appropriation in the 2019 legislative session.

The program funds five major types of projects – habitat restoration, scientific research/citizen science, public education and outreach, facility development and artificial fish production. 

Eligible applicants are individual citizens, nonprofit organizations, schools (including universities), tribes and political subdivisions of the state such as conservation districts. Businesses, state and federal agencies are not eligible.  

Funds are provided on a cost-reimbursement basis and may not be used for staff salaries, wages, stipends or benefits. Grantees are required to follow state purchasing rules and report on their progress quarterly. For more information, visit the ALEA Grant Program at


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