FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comApril 19, 2014 

The lowland lake trout fishing season will open April 26. We will have a preview of the popular fishery in Sunday’s Adventure section.

Anyone planning to dig for razor clams this weekend should watch for large waves. The National Weather Service is predicting waves 16-19 feet high to hit the coast Saturday night and Sunday.

LAKES

American: People are catching kokanee, just not as many as last week. Trolling remains the best method, using a brass Wedding Ring-type lure behind a dodger. The fish seem to be holding around 30 feet down.

Harts: The crappie action has been fair to good, and the catfish action has been picking up. The trout fishing has been fair. Power Eggs has been working for trout, while white or green, and white micro jigs fished about 12 feet deep have been effective for the crappie.

Offut: As the water temperature warms, the bite has been improving. People are trolling fairly deep with a worm-tipped spinner or fishing off the bottom with Power Bait on a 2- to 3-foot leader.

Potholes: The walleye fishing has been very good. The Medicare Beach area, Crab Creek where it flows through the sand dunes and the Lind Coulee Arm have been producing good catches of walleye. Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in the Goose Island area. Try using jerkbaits.

Spanaway: People are catching limits of trout by trolling in the top 6 feet of water, with rainbows measuring from 10 inches long to weighing 6 pounds. Still fishing in the southeast side has been effective, using Power Bait 3 feet off the bottom.

Spencer: The trout fishing has been good to very good, with people catching plenty of rainbow trout. Some people are trolling with spoons or Wedding Rings, others are fishing worms and Power Bait off the bottom, and some are using eggs under a bobber.

RIVERS

Columbia: Anglers have another day to fish the lower river, as fishery managers extended the season through Saturday. The lower river will be open from the mouth upstream to Rooster Rock, plus bank angling only from Rooster Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline.

Cowlitz: The fishing finally is showing signs of improving. Reports indicate people are catching steelhead and spring chinook. Steelhead anglers are side-drifting yarn or eggs, while chinook anglers are back trolling eggs, shrimp, herring or plugs.

Olympic Coast: Fishing the rivers might be iffy this weekend. Rains late this week blew out the rivers Thursday, and flows still were fairly high Friday morning but falling. As a reminder, the Hoh, Queets and Quinault rivers are closed.

Yakima: Flows have dropped some, but river levels remain quite high. The higher on the river you fish, the water clarity is better. Despite this, the fishing has been fair to good. There have been hatches of skwalas, March browns and blue wing olives.

SALT WATER

Beaches: A razor clam dig continues this weekend. Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks will be open. Here are the low tide times; no digging is allowed after noon: Saturday, 10:14 a.m., -0.7 feet; and Sunday, 11:06 a.m., -0.4 feet.

South Sound: The salmon fishing was quiet earlier this week because of bad weather and high tidal changes, but should improve this weekend. The fish being caught lately have been coming from Point Dalco and the Gig Harbor side. The action has been very slow in the Olympia area.

Westport: The fishing for rockfish and ling cod has been very good recently. People are catching some limits of rockfish.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters, The Evening Hatch, Red’s Fly Shop, Zittel’s Marina, salmonuniversity.com, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center, steelheaduniversity.com, Don Wells at Harts Lake Resort, washingtonlakes.com. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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