FISHING REPORT

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comApril 16, 2014 

SALT WATER

Razor clams: A morning razor clam dig is underway on the coast and will continue through Sunday. Twin Harbors and Long Beach are open through Sunday. Mocrocks is open Friday-Sunday. Copalis is open Saturday and Sunday.

Anyone 15 or older must have a razor clam fishing license. Low tides are 8:03 a.m. Wednesday, 8:43 a.m. Thursday, 9:26 a.m. Friday, 10:14 a.m. Saturday and 11:06 a.m. Sunday.

“This year’s season is nearing the end, but we’re not there yet,” said Dan Ayres, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s coastal shellfish manager. “We hope to offer more digging days into May.”

South Sound: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing in the area is slowing. For the best luck, try trolling with a flasher and spoon, or hoochie at a depth of 120-160 feet. The best places seem to be Dalco Point, the Girl Scout Camp, the slag pile or clay banks.

North Sound: Fishing has been good in the Stanwood area, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center. “And it should be good in that area for another two weeks or so,” he said.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Some anglers are landing steelhead.

Olympic Peninsula: Steelhead fishing has been slow, Chamberlain said, but some anglers are still having occasional good fortune.

LAKES

American: Kokanee fishing has been good, according to multiple reports. Corn-tipped pink hoochie trailing a pink dodger seems to be doing the trick.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House said anglers are doing well trolling both the north and south ends. “They’re using pretty much everything they got ... and getting limits,” Herlitzka said. Still fishing with PowerBait is working for catching rainbow trout too. Browns are biting in the shallows. The action has been slow on the dock.

Lake Stevens: A few kokanee are being caught, but the action is pretty slow and typically doesn’t get hot until late April or early May.

Washington: Some reports of cutthroat biting, but otherwise not too many reports of success.

Chelan: Colvar Ledge above the Yacht Club early in the morning for the best chance to catch fish, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. “Fish speeds of 1 to 1.3 mph as close to the bottom as you can,” Jones said via email. “Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squiddy’s rigged with a Mack’s Lures Smile Blade in Glow and baited with a triangle of Northern Pikeminnow has been the ‘go-to’ presentation.”

Rufus Woods: The closed section of the lake reopened Tuesday. The section from the Grand Coulee Dam downstream to State Route 155 has been closed to the public since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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