AMERICAN: People are mostly catching rainbow trout, with an occasional report of a smallmouth bass being landed. Some folks are fishing orange PowerBait off the bottom for trout, while bass anglers are using crankbaits and plastic worms.
HARTS: The lake was planted March 18 with 6,400 rainbow trout, and those fish have been willing to hit Power Eggs or PowerBait fished off the bottom.
OFFUT: Green Power Eggs fished near the bottom has been effective for trout anglers fishing from the dock. People are catching cutthroat trout, and a few rainbow trout as well.
PASS: Fishing dark chironomid patterns under an indicator has been effective for fly anglers.
SAMMAMISH: Fishing at the north end of the lake has been producing consistent catches of cutthroat trout. Look for the fish holding about 20 feet down. One angler reported have success using a No. 3 needlefish in silver with an orange tip or firetiger pattern.
COLUMBIA: The effort in the lower river is increasing, but not so much the catch. The state sampled nearly twice as many anglers, but about the same number of fish as the previous week. Last week, the state checked 1,709 salmonid anglers with 68 adult spring chinook and 15 steelhead. Anglers are reminded that the mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam will be closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead and shad Tuesday (March 24), March 31 and April 7.
COWLITZ: A check of 42 boat anglers showed they kept 36 steelhead and released one fish, while 32 bank anglers kept six adult spring chinook and nine steelhead plus released one steelhead. The steelhead were mainly caught around the trout hatchery and the springers at the salmon hatchery.
OLYMPIC COAST: High flows over the weekend really slowed the action for steelhead anglers. The Sol Duc was the best option, based on state creel samples. A check of 59 anglers showed they caught and released 34 wild steelhead and two hatchery fish, as well as four trout.
YAKIMA: River conditions are good, with the trout willing to rise to skwala and baetis dry flies. On sunny days, use nymphs and streamers until the sun dips behind the canyon walls, then switch to dry flies.
FLY FISHING: The action for searun cutthroat trout has been very good as more chum fry make their way out of area streams. Small baitfish patterns, 1 to 11/2 inches long, such as a Chum Baby, are effective.
NORTH SOUND/STRAIT: The action has been inconsistent and mostly on the slow side. The best action last weekend was in the Port Angeles area Sunday. The fishing off Sekiu has really slowed down.
SOUTH SOUND: Anglers are working hard to land just a few salmon. Point Dalco, Point Evans, Point Gibson and in front of the Point Defiance Boathouse have been producing a few fish for those trolling with a flasher and hoochie or spoon.
WESTPORT: The bottom fishing has been very good to excellent, with charter boats bringing back limits of rockfish and lingcod most days. Some rockfish also are being caught off the jetty by people using jigs with scented plastic grubs or sand shrimp.