FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMarch 22, 2014 

LAKES

Harts: Trout action has been very good, helped by the planting of more than 6,600 of rainbows in the last week. People are casting Roostertails, fishing PowerBait off the bottom or fishing worms under a bobber. Also, the action for bullhead catfish has been very good at night. They are hitting night crawlers.

Kapowsin: The action for trout and rock bass has been slow, even though the fish have been active this week. For trout, try green PowerBait fished off the bottom.

Offut: People are catching rainbow and cutthroat trout from boats and docks. Most people are using PowerBait and worms fished off the bottom for rainbows. Trolling a small spinner tipped with a worm seems to be working best for the cutthroat.

Potholes: Walleye fishing has been very good to excellent, especially if you are using blade baits. Look for fish holding in water 45-55 feet deep. Trout fishing has been good off Medicare Beach, and the yellow perch are biting in the Lind Coulee arm.

Spanaway: Anglers on Friday were landing some brown trout, a couple measuring up to 4 pounds. They are feeding on the surface, so try plastic worms or chironomid flies. Night crawlers are working well for dock anglers.

Washington: Cutthroat fishing is slow. With the high water coming down the Cedar River, it seems to be flushing sockeye smolts into the lake, making an easy meal for the cutthroat.

SALT WATER

Fly-fishing: More chum fry are coming out of area streams and into Puget Sound. Look to use smaller fry imitations, about 1-2 inches long when fishing close to shore.

North Sound: Anglers are hoping the bite will improve now that we’re past the full moon. The blackmouth that are being caught are full of small herring, so look to use a 3- to 3.5-inch Silver Horde spoon. Also, the fish seem to be holding in shallower water looking for warmer water.

South Sound: Salmon fishing remains slow. You have to be patient and cover a lot of water. Some fish are being caught trolling a flasher with an artificial squid or spoon. Look for salmon on the shelf area closer to Point Dalco on the outgoing tide towards low water.

RIVERS

Columbia: During March 1-16, anglers on the lower Columbia made 7,200 trips and caught just 63 chinook (40 kept and 23 released). Before the run update, allocation of upriver fish (including release mortalities) will be 10,157 fish for the recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam. A reminder, the mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam will be closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead and shad Tuesday and April 1.

Cowlitz: The river is showing some signs of improved fishing. Boat and bank anglers are catching some more steelhead than in recent weeks. Side-drift with eggs in slow-moving water.

Olympic Coast: The rivers are dropping to near normal levels for this time of year, so the fishing should be improved. The Sol Duc has been fishing very well, as has the Calawah. As the water clears, look to use lighter lines and small gear.

Yakima: River conditions have improved, but the fishing is off and on. People who are having success are the ones taking their time, using some stealth to approach and casting so they get long, drag-free drifts. The dry-fly action should pick up when flows reach about 3,000 cubic feet per second.

Contributors: Don Wells at Harts Lake Resort & Deli, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, gamefishin.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, washingtonlakes.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Tom Pollack at Sportco, steelheaduniversity.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Spanaway Lake Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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