Recreational salmon fishing will begin in earnest Saturday in most areas off the Washington coast, and it can be some of the best action of the summer.
While there are plenty of places to fish this week, anglers also might want to plan ahead for the next two weekends.
Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen Wednesday in Marine Area 11 and most of Marine Area 10 for just one day. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the areas could reopen because sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains in the waters off Tacoma and central Puget Sound for one more day of fishing
The return of spring chinook jacks counted at Bonneville Dam is on a near-record pace. Through Thursday, a total of 18,032 had been counted at the dam. The record, since at least 1960, was 18,119 fish in 2009. That year, nearly 82,000 jacks were counted through June 15, the end of the spring chinook count at the dam, said Joe Hymer of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Anglers are reminded that new fishing rules go into effect today. You can find all the rules at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing
If you are reading this report at home, a whole lot of anglers got a head start on you. Today is the opening of the lowland-lake trout-fishing season, and some people have been on the water since 12:01 a.m. Don’t worry, you still have some time to grab your rod, some dough bait and worms, and head to your favorite spot. Remember to have a current fishing license and to give other anglers enough room.
Trout anglers will have more options to try when the lowland lake fishing season opens Saturday. As a bonus, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has stocked 80,000 catchable-size fish in lakes in Pierce, Thurston, King, Mason, Jefferson and Snohomish counties. Go to thenewstribune.com/adventure
to read our season preview.
The lowland-lake trout season will open one week from today, on April 27. Fishermen are reminded to have a current 2013-14 fishing license. You can read a preview on the season in Sunday’s Adventure section.