• Lake Tapps reopens to fishing Saturday.
• Shad fishing is very good below Bonneville Dam.
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• Bass fishing has been good in area lakes.
AMERICAN: Bass fishing has been good to very good, with people reporting landing some smallmouth bass weighing 3-4 pounds. Lots of rock bass also are being caught. Plastic worms and lizards have been working. Most kokanee anglers are catching their limits.
LAWRENCE: Trout fishing has been fair to good, with many people taking home limits. Chartreuse PowerBait and yellow Power Eggs have proven to be effective.
MINERAL: Trout fishing remains good to very good, with people catching their limits fairly easily. Orange Power Eggs fished off the bottom has been working well.
MOSES: Fishermen are catching a mix of perch and walleye, just not a lot of them. Smile blade flies and green Wedding Rings tipped with a worm have produced bites.
TAPPS: The lake will reopen to fishing Saturday. The state, in announcing the decision Friday, said lake levels were high enough to allow safe access to the lake. Levels this winter were the lowest since 2003.
WARD: People fishing for kokanee are finding them 25-40 feet deep. Red or green Wedding Rings, pink spoons and artificial squid have resulted in hook ups.
WASHINGTON: People are catching smallmouth bass, finding fish in water 12-18 feet deep. Diving crankbaits and plastic worms on a drop-shot rig have been effective. Perch fishing has been slow.
COLUMBIA: Summer chinook and sockeye salmon are starting to enter the river. Concentrate on structure or rocky points. Shad counts at Bonneville Dam have averaged 67,500 fish Sunday through Thursday, resulting in good fishing. Summer chinook counts have been more than 3,400 fish a day.
COWLITZ: People are catching limits of chinook in the upper river.
SKAGIT: A few sockeye are being caught, but fishing is far from good right now. The water is low, but visibility is good. Anglers are using red hooks tipped with shrimp.
SOL DUC: The river, from 200 feet downstream of the Sol Duc Hatchery outfall creek upstream to the concrete pump station at the Sol Duc Hatchery, has been closed because of low water levels. That is preventing wild chinook to move upstream to spawn, making them more vulnerable to fishing pressure.
YAKIMA: River levels have come up, around 2,900 cubic feet per second, pushing the trout closer to the banks. There has been good dry-fly fishing with attractors, pale morning duns, mayflies and yellow sallies.
ILWACO: During last weekend’s start to the all-species salmon fishery, anglers averaged 1.46 salmon per person. That was the best catch rate on the coast.
NORTH COAST: The average catch last weekend out of La Push was 1.18 salmon per person. At Neah Bay, the average was .86 salmon per person.
SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing has been slow. Some fish are being caught by people trolling the clay banks during tidal changes or mooching and jigging off Point Evans. The crabbing in Marine Area 13 (Olympia) has been slow for Dungeness crab, but plenty of red rock crab are being caught. Look to set your pots in water 150 feet deep.
WESTPORT: The opening weekend of the all-species fishery was slow, mostly because poor conditions kept small boats in the marina. The average catch was .24 salmon per angler. Bottom-fishing remains good with limits of rockfish being caught and a fair number of lingcod.