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Local resident catches five-pound Steelhead in Martha Lake

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Michael Hertzog with his 5 lb., 2 oz., 25.5 inch Steelhead. Photo courtesy of Michael Hertzog.
Michael Hertzog with his 5 lb., 2 oz., 25.5 inch Steelhead. Photo courtesy of Michael Hertzog.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

Long-time Martha Lake resident and avid fisherman Michael Hertzog got a birthday surprise while fishing from his dock along the lake on July 26, 2016. He landed a 5 lb., 2 oz. Steelhead over two feet long!

Hertzog was so excited that he sent a Facebook message to News of Mill Creek so that we could share the good news with the community.

“It was the catch of a lifetime. I've caught salmon before that were half this size. This thing has to have been in here for a few years to get this big,” Hertzog wrote.

“I was fishing from our dock on the north side of the lake. Normally we catch 10-14" Rainbow Trout. Every once in a while we catch triploids, genetically modified trout, that are 18" or so, but I've never seen anything like this.”

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Martha Lake has seasonal fair to good fishing for Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch, and Brown Bullhead from mid-April to the end of October.

Fish and Wildlife stock Martha Lake with Rainbow Trout each year, but no one is aware of a program to populate the waters with Steelhead.

Hertzog suspects that Fish and Wildlife put the Steelhead in Martha Lake, “I found some info about the state stocking Steelhead in a few random lakes when a fishery closed down a few years ago, but our lake wasn't mentioned...so I'm not sure exactly how it got here.”

Fish and Wildlife provides public fishing access at the southeast corner of Martha Lake.

Snohomish County also maintains a six-acre public park at Martha Lake with picnic shelters, a playground, restrooms, and a fishing dock.

Come on out to Martha Lake to enjoy the summertime fishing, and if you land the big one, please let us know!

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