Fishing

Fishing report for Feb. 27

LAKES

AMERICAN: Some rainbow trout are being caught right now, while the kokanee action has been slow. Try trolling with a Wedding Ring tipped with corn behind a green dodger.

OHOP: The lake has been producing some good catches of trout. Some people were having luck with chartreuse Power Eggs fished off the bottom.

POTHOLES: The best bet is to fish for walleye on the humps off the sand dunes. The action has been fair, and people are having some success using blade baits.

SEEP LAKES: The majority of the lakes below Potholes Reservoir have opened, and are producing catches of rainbow trout and bass. Look for fish in the warmer shallows. Try fishing dough baits or cured salmon eggs off the bottom or under a bobber. The lakes on the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Warden Lake and South Warden Lake remain closed.

WASHINGTON: Smallmouth bass are holding close to the bottom in water 20-25 feet deep. People are having success using small Rapala lures on lead-core lines.

SALT WATER

CLAMS: There will be a four-day razor clam dig at Long Beach and Twin Harbors only. Here are the low tide times: Monday, 4:49 p.m., 0.5 feet; Tuesday, 5:26 p.m., 0.4 feet; Wednesday, 5:59 p.m., 0.4 feet; and Thursday, 6:30 p.m., 0.5 feet. Digging is best an hour or two before low tide. The next dig is scheduled for March 16-24, and will include the first morning low tides of the season.

FLY FISHING: The sea-run cutthroat action has been slow lately. Most of the fish still seem to be spawning in area streams. A few resident coho also are being caught.

NORTH SOUND: The blackmouth action seems to be improving, and the fish are getting bigger. Coho Killers trolled closed to the bottom do a good job mimicking the candlefish that anglers are finding in the bellies of their catch. Point No Point, Lip Lip Point and Skunk Bay have been holding bait.

SOUTH SOUND: Reports indictate a slight improvement in the salmon fishing off Tacoma. While the pressure is still light, a few blackmouth are being caught. Try the Quartermaster Harbor area, as well as the flats between Point Dalco and Point Defiance. Most people are trolling a spoon or artificial squid behind a flasher.

RIVERS

COWLITZ: The B-run steelhead are making their way up the river. Anglers are having success side-drifting eggs or back-trolling with plugs. If the water is low and clear, go with smaller line and gear.

OLYMPIC COAST: The rivers were low and clear, at least before Thursday night’s rain. The steelhead action has been fair to good, and could improve with some higher flows.

WYNOOCHEE: The river was fishing very well for steelhead this week. People have had success drifting shrimp under a float, or using pink worms, salmon eggs or red beads.

YAKIMA: Look for the trout holding in the slower, deeper slicks. Trying using a skwala nymph with another nymph in sizes 14-18 below that. As the day goes on, some trout are starting to rise to skwala dry flies.

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