FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comApril 12, 2014 

SALT WATER

Beaches: The next razor clam dig will start Monday at Twin Harbors and expand to include three other ocean beaches next week.

No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon. The best digging takes place one to two hours before low tide.

Here is the schedule and low tide times:

Monday: 6:46 a.m.; plus-0.2 feet; Twin Harbors.

Tuesday: 7:24 a.m.; minus-0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Wednesday: 8:03 a.m.; minus-0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Thursday: 8:43 a.m.; minus-0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Friday: 9:26 a.m.; minus-0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

April 19: 10:14 a.m.; minus-0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks.

April 20: 11:06 a.m.; minus-0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks.

North Sound: Some bigger chinook have been caught in the San Juan Islands, with a number of fish topping 15 pounds. Anglers also are seeing larger bait in the water. The fish are hitting spoons trolled behind a flasher, but keep your gear a little higher off the bottom.

South Sound: When the weather has allowed people on the water, the action has shown signs of improvement. Overall the action is still slow, but blackmouth weighing up to 8 pounds were caught earlier this week. Try trolling a flasher and spoon or squid south of the slag pile. Fish are being caught in 120-160 feet of water, about 10 feet off the bottom.

LAKES

Alder: The lake is producing catches of kokanee and smallmouth bass.

American: Kokanee action seems to have improved this week, with some people catching their limits fairly quickly. A corn-tipped pink hoochie trailing a pink dodger has been an effective setup.

Lone: Fly-anglers are catching a mix of newly planted rainbows and some larger carryover fish. Anglers were having success fishing green chironomids under an indicator.

Offut: The bite has been good, with some trout being caught weighing up to 3 pounds. Try trolling deep and slow with a Wedding Ring behind pop gear, or plunking PowerBait and worms just off the bottom of the lake.

Ohop: The lake was stocked earlier this month, and people are catching a fair number of rainbow trout measuring 14-16 inches.

Spanaway: Slowly troll with a Woolly Bugger about 6 feet down for freshly planted rainbow trout measuring up to 15 inches. A lot of limits are being caught. People trolling deeper with a Wedding Ring are catching smaller planted fish.

Washington: Some cutthroat trout are being caught off the southwest side of Mercer Island about 45 feet deep. Trolling a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm, or a Trout Killer has been effective.

RIVERS

Columbia: Last week, anglers on the lower Columbia made 18,800 trips and caught 2,390 adult chinook (1,972 kept) and 100 steelhead (74 kept). From March 1-April 6, an estimated 42,300 angler trips have caught and kept 2,800 chinook.

Cowlitz: The river has been fishing well most days, but there has been a lot of people on the water. There are a fair amount of steelhead and chinook in the upper river from the barrier dam to Blue Creek. Free-drifting the Blue Creek area is the best option for steelhead, and fishing the deep holes with herring or plugs for chinook is a good option.

Yakima: Fishing on the river in the Cle Elum has been fair to good, with some large cutthroat trout hitting skwala dry flies. The Teanaway has made the Yakima below it high and off color.

Contributors: Len Throop, Eatonville Outdoor; state Department of Fish and Wildlife; washingtonflyfishing.com; Red’s Fly Shop; salmonuniversity.com; Point Defiance Boathouse; Phil Stephens, Mystical Legends Guide Service; steelheaduniversity.com; washingtonlakes.com; Becky Pogue, Offut Lake Resort; Bud Herlitzka, Spanaway Lake Boathouse. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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