Anglers are reminded that without an agreement between the state and treaty tribes, salmon fishing in Puget Sound will be closed starting Sunday.
The current federal permit allowing recreational, nontribal commercial and tribal fishing expires Saturday. Talks between the state and tribes broke off Wednesday without an agreement.
Both sides said they will seek their own federal permit. The unanswered question is how long will that process take.
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American: Rainbow trout are hitting a floating minnow being trolled fairly shallow. Dock anglers are having luck with Power Bait on a 3.5-foot leader.
Bay: This was the hot spot in Pierce County on opening day. Anglers caught an average of 7.8 trout, keeping an average of 4.9 fish. The 41 anglers who were checked kept 201 trout and released 119 trout.
Haven: This lake, west of Belfair in Mason County, didn’t attract a lot of anglers, but those who where there caught plenty of trout. The state checked eight people, and they caught an average of 16.38 trout. They kept 20 trout and released 111 fish.
Mineral: Fishing from the dock has produced rainbow trout up to 5 pounds. Rainbow-colored Power Eggs have been the bait of choice, fished off the bottom on a 2.5-foot leader. People are catching some brown trout.
Potholes: Walleye fishing has improved a great deal in the last week. The fish are in the postspawn feeding frenzy.
Saint Clair: The action for largemouth bass has been fair to good. The action picks up later in the day once the water warms up. Senko worms and jigs have been effective.
Silver: The fishing has been good, with a number of 18-inch triploid trout being caught. Worms and Power Bait, or trolling small flies, Wedding Rings and Roostertails have been working well. The crappie fishing has been good.
Summit: Of the Thurton County lakes where anglers were checked on opening day, this lake had the best total average catch. Anglers caught an average of 5.27 trout. There were 52 people checked, and they kept 192 trout and released 82.
Tanwax: The trout and perch fishing has been very good, with a number of 2- to 3-pound trout being caught. Crappie jigs or Wedding Rings with worms have been effective.
Yakima: While the river level is still high, the water clarity has improved and so has the fishing. Effective flies include salmon flies, blue wing olives and March browns. There have been some early caddis hatches. Look for fish holding on the slow side of slower seams.
Clams: The state has approved a clam dig that will open May 6 at Long Beach, but will include four days of digging at Mocrocks. Long Beach will be open on morning low tides May 6-8, while Mocrocks will be open on morning low tides May 9-12. Digging is best an hour or two before low tide. All digging must stop at noon, except for the Mocrocks dig on May 12, when it will close at 1 p.m. due to a later low tide.
Ilwaco: Halibut fishing opens Sunday, and will be open Thursdays-Sundays until the area quota is reached or Sept. 30. The near-shore area opens Monday and will be open Mondays-Wednesdays.
South Sound: The chinook fishing has been fair. The most productive area has been from Quartermaster Harbor to the ferry dock on Vashon Island.
Westport: The bottom fishing action for ling cod and rockfish remains very good, when the boats can get out. Halibut fishing opens Sunday, and will be open Sundays and Tuesdays for three weeks, unless the quota is reached sooner than that.
Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Steve Joyce at Red’s Fly Shop, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, MarDon Resort, salmonuniversity.com, northwestfishingreports.com, Amy Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort, Rainbow RV Resort, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640