FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comApril 26, 2014 

On the fourth Saturday of every April, according to the good book of fishing, the angling masses are told to go forth and find a lowland lake opening for trout season. There they shall dunk their worms, plunk with PowerBait and troll with Wedding Rings, in hopes of netting a limit of newly planted rainbows. But forget not those lakes open year-round, for the crowds are now elsewhere.

Yes, Saturday is the opening of the lowland lake trout season. Be sure you have a valid fishing license before you head out.

If you can’t get out this weekend, do not fret. A great weather forecast for next week should really improve the action.

LAKES

American: When the wind and waves allowed people to get out, they were hooking kokanee. Using a pink mini-hoochie tipped with scented pink corn has been effective, especially when trolled at speeds around 1.5 mph.

Moses: Walleye fishing has been consistently good, with people finding fish in 7-10 feet of water. Jigging with worm-tipped grubs, trolling with yellow/green Smiley Blade Flies or using bottom bouncers has been effective.

Offut: When the wind isn’t blowing, fishing has been good. People are trolling or plunking PowerBait or worms near the bottom. Offut Lake Resort is holding a fishing derby. The cost is $1 to enter.

Spanaway: Dock anglers were catching rainbow and brown trout this week. Still-fishing on the southeast side has been working with PowerBait or worms. Trolling in the center of the lake has been producing good catches of freshly planted fish.

SALT WATER

Beaches: The next razor clam dig will open Sunday. Here is the schedule with dates, beaches and low tide times: Sunday, April 27: 5:53 a.m., minus-0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach; Monday: 6:39 a.m., minus-0.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach; Tuesday: 7:22 a.m., minus-1.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach; Wednesday: 8:03 a.m., minus-1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach; Thursday: 8:43 a.m., minus-1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach; Friday: 9:23 a.m., minus-0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks; Saturday: 10:04 a.m., minus-0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks; and May 4: 10:47 a.m., 0.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

North Sound: The blackmouth action has been good in the San Juan Islands in Marine Area 7 and around Hat Island in Area 8.2. Some of the fish are topping 20 pounds. Trolling spoons behind a flasher has been most effective,

South Sound: The action has improved slightly, with people catching blackmouth around Point Dalco and off the slag pile and clay banks. Anglers having success have been trolling a flasher and a spoon in water 110-160 feet deep, keeping their gear about 10 feet from the bottom. In the Olympia area, people have been catching salmon off Devil’s Head. The blackmouth have been weighing 5-15 pounds.

Westport: Poor weather and difficult ocean conditions have made for few charter boat trips heading out for ling cod and rockfish.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Steelhead action has been best just downstream of where Blue Creek enters the river. Using eggs under a float has been effective. Some chinook are being caught at the barrier dam.

Yakima: Drifting nymphs through seams has been the way to hook trout as the fish are settling into new holding spots with the higher flows. Watch for a blue wing olive hatch in the afternoon. Fishing has been fair to good.

Contributors: Washingtonlakes.com, Red’s Fly Shop, Westport Charter Boat Association, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, steelheaduniversity.com, Zittels Marina, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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