FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMarch 8, 2014 

SALT WATER

Beaches: The state has added beach openings for razor clam digs. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is planning new digs at Long Beach in March and at Copalis and Mocrocks in April, based on updated harvest estimates showing a sufficient number of clams in those areas to support additional openings. Here are the new openings: March 31, Long Beach; April 18-20, Mocrocks; April 19-20, Copalis.

Hood Canal: The northern end of the canal, around Seabeck, is producing some blackmouth, most weighing 4-8 pounds. Try trolling a Kingfisher Lite or Coho Killer spoon in green or chartreuse 4 feet behind a flasher.

South Sound: Poor weather conditions have kept folks ashore during the week. In the Olympia area, experienced anglers are catching some salmon weighing 5-12 pounds. Look for fish off Devil’s Head, Tolmie State Park, Johnson Point and the north end of Harstine Island. The handful of people who have gone out in the Tacoma area came back empty-handed. If the weather allows, try off the slag pile in water 120-160 feet deep.

LAKES

Harts: The trout action has been fair if people put in some time, and the catfish action has been best after dark. Trout anglers are using yellow or white Power Eggs on a leader 21/2-3 feet long.

Munn: This lake has been fishing well, especially for people using chironomids on a very slow retrieve.

Offut: The trout action has been good when the wind has not been blowing. Most people are fishing with PowerBait, sometimes floated with a bit of worm. The lake was stocked with 400 jumbo cutthroat trout Friday.

Rattlesnake: Vertically fishing chironomids in deep water has produced a good number of trout for fly anglers.

Spanaway: A few trout are being caught in between rain showers. Worm and Power Eggs are working for rainbows and flies for brown trout. Still fishing seems to be the most effective method. “No Wake” signs have been posted because water levels are high.

Eastside: Most of the lakes are frozen. Lenice and Nunnally are open, but few folks have been fishing.

RIVERS

Olympic Coast: The good news: river levels are dropping. The bad news: they remain very high. On the Hoh, levels topped 20,000 cubic feet per second Thursday, but they were down to 9,400 cfs by late Friday morning.

Rocky Ford Creek: This has been the best trout fishing option in that area. Scuds, mini leeches and chironomid pupa are working best.

Skookumchuck: A few steelhead were being caught midweek. People were having some success with jigs, yarn or Spin-N-Glo. The river level was 3,110 cfs late Friday morning.

Wynoochee: This and the other rivers in the area are not fishable. Even the lakes in the area are very high.

Yakima: The heavy rain Wednesday made it over the mountains, pushing the river level to almost 5,000 cfs. While the level has dropped, the lower canyon is unlikely to be fishable this weekend. The upper river might be an option, if you must do some river trout fishing.

Contributors: Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, washingtonflyfishing.com, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Puget Sound Fly Co., gamefishin.com, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Red’s Fly Shop, Don Wells at Harts Lake Resort & Deli, Darce Knobel at Desert Fly Angler. jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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