Free fishing reels in anglers

first_imgSize: 280 acres; the lake was formed by a volcano.Activities: Swimming, fishing, and hiking on 10 miles of trail. You can ride horseback on separate trails, as well.How popular? Ranks about 46th of the state’s approximately 150 parks.Campsites: 50.Parking: Enough for 200 cars.Price per night: Standard campsites are $22; hook-ups are $29 and cabins are $71.30.Reservations: 888-CAMPOUT. On the Web: http://www.parks.wa.gov.The lure of free fishing hooked Ryan O’Haver of east Vancouver as he cast his line from the dock into tranquil Battle Ground Lake on Sunday afternoon.“This is my first time in 15 years,” he said about 4 p.m. He was confident he’d hook one anytime.It was his first time at Battle Ground Lake State Park, and he gave this assessment: “It’s gorgeous.”Close by on the dock, Nedo Tanjo of Vancouver was happy with a 10-inch trout. He was fishing with his father, Inas Tanjo, who brought in another one just moments later.“It’s a nice, quiet area. Good people. And lots of fish,” Nedo Tanjo said.He was correct about the fish. The state planted 3,000 trout in the lake Wednesday. The limit is five or two that are 21 inches or longer, said Park Ranger Reuben Stuart.Perched on a log nearby, Aaron Brown of Vancouver was trying his luck with his 3-year-old son, Carter. “We got skunked,” Brown said. “He doesn’t last too long, an hour or two.“We came out here on Memorial Day weekend. Got skunked then, too.”Brown, who has a fishing license, said he was not aware that this was free fishing weekend in the state. But he did notice the numerous fishermen on the banks and in boats.“Man, people like it here,” Brown said. “It’s a busy spot.”Camping and moreThe state park with its 50 camping spots is popular, too, ranger Stuart said.Although the park is close to Battle Ground, Stuart offered, “As soon as you get here, you feel you’re out in the middle of nowhere.”last_img read more

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