• Weekend rain brings much-needed help to rivers.
• Salmon fishing through Puget Sound has been slow.
A failure of a generator and pump system led to the death last week of an estimated 200,000 coho salmon fry at the Kalama Falls Hatchery in Cowlitz County.
The state department of Fish and Wildlife said late Monday that the fry suffocated March 9 when the failures reduced the water flow into the incubation room.
About 1.1 million fall chinook and 500,000 spring chinook have been moved to other Lewis River hatcheries as s safeguard while repairs are made.
AMERICAN: Some nice rainbow trout are being caught, including a number of rainbow topping 20 inches. Some people report having success simply fishing with a worm off the bottom. Others are using orange PowerBait.
LAWRENCE: The state recently stocked the lake with 400 rainbow trout, some weighing around 4 pounds.
RATTLESNAKE: The trout are hitting both lures and flies. Gear anglers have been casting small red Mepps spinners, while fly anglers might want to try a grizzly woolly bugger.
SPENCER: This lake and others in Mason County have been fishing well. Spencer might be worth the trip because it was stocked last week with 220 large rainbow trout. Try trolling a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm, or PowerBait fished near the bottom.
COWLITZ: With rising river levels early this week, anglers have had to spend time looking for the steelhead. Side drifting eggs has been effective, or back trolling with plugs. Look for the fish holding close to the edges if the water continues to rise.
OLYMPIC COAST: Last weekend was one of the most consistent on the Forks area rivers. The Bogachiel and Sol Duc produced the most fish, but the Calawah had a steelhead per-angler catch rate based on state creel checks. The action this week should be good with water conditions settling back to near normal levels.
SKOOKUMCHUCK: Poeple are catching some steelhead — just not in huge numbers. Orange and pink corkies in sizes 10 and 12 have been effective, as have nightmare-pattern jigs fished under a float.
YAKIMA: The trout are looking up, seeking out skwala dry fly patterns. Try using smaller patterns, in size 12, to trick the fish that are seeing plenty of pressure this early in the season. You might find fewer people in the upper stretches of the river.
FLY FISHING: The searun cutthroat trout are starting to key on the chum fry. Try using patterns like a Clouser minnow in blue/pearl. According to reports, the fish seem a bit larger this year. A reminder: Searuns must be released.
NORTH SOUND: The salmon fishing has been slow from Sekiu through the San Juans Islands and down to Whidbey Island. At the Everett ramp on Saturday, for example, 106 anglers were checked and they had only nine blackmouth among them.
SOUTH SOUND: The few people catching salmon are having to put in a lot of time and effort. Most people are trolling with a flasher and spoon or hoochie near the bottom in water 120-160 feet deep. The fish being caught are weighing 5-15 pounds.