Fishing

Fishing report for March 6

• Rivers are very low but still are producing steelhead.



• This could be a good weekend for trout fishing with a warm forecast.



• South Sound anglers are starting to hook some more fish.



LAKES

AMERICAN: People are catching a few smallmouth bass, but the action has been far from consistent. Reports indicate some bass have moved into the shallows but have been very spooky. One person reported success using a brown swim jig.

HARTS: People willing to put in the time are catching some rainbow trout. Try fishing Power Eggs on a 31/2-foot leader. The color of the bait doesn’t seem to matter at this time.

MOSES: Fishing near the Interstate 90 bridge has been producing good catches — some limits, in fact — of yellow perch.

OFFUT: People are catching some trout using worms fished under a bobber. Others are having a bit of luck trolling with gear such as an orange and gold Wedding Ring.

POTHOLES: The walleye action has slowed some, in part because of the recent full moon. Look for fish holding in 17-42 feet of water at the mouth of Crab Creek, Frenchman’s Wasteway and the Lind Coulee Arm of the reservoir.

SPENCER: Trout fishing has been fair to good with this warm weather, and that should improve. Try PowerBait off the bottom, or trolling a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm, a woolly bugger or a Smiley blade fly.

TAPPS: The lake will be closed to fishing beginning Tuesday. Because the lake level had been drawn down, fish are concentrated in small pools. The state is closing the lake to prevent excessive harvest of the fish, and to maintain the quality of the fishery after the lake refills. The lake will reopen once lake levels are sufficient to sustain a fishery.

RIVERS

COWLITZ: The steelhead action for B-run fish has been fair to good. People are putting some fish in their boats by side-drifting eggs or yarn balls through the holes below Blue Creek. Back trolling with plugs also has been effective. Water conditions are dictating smaller presentations.

OLYMPIC COAST: The Bogachiel, Sol Duc and Hoh have been fishing well. The catch rate on the Sol Duc last weekend was a little more than one fish per angler. River levels are very low, so go with smaller setups.

WYNOOCHEE: People are picking up some steelhead, but the fish are very spooky because the water is at summertime levels. People are having some luck running plugs through the deeper slots.

YAKIMA: Nymphs have been working best in the upper stretch of the canyon, while dry flies have been more effective in the lower portion. The skwala hatch has yet to begin with any consistency. The water is low and clear, making the fishing more challenging.

SALT WATER

FLY FISHING: The action for sea-run cutthroat trout has been slow. Patterns that mimic a sand lance have produced some hook-ups for fly anglers.

NORTH SOUND: The action has been spotty, but people are catching some blackmouth off the south end of Hat Island. Look for fish holding near the bottom in water 105-115 feet deep. A Kingfisher Lite spoon in Irish cream pulled behind a flasher has been effective. Point No Point, Double Bluff and Possession Bar also have produced salmon.

SOUTH SOUND: People have been fishing off Point Dalco to get out of the north winds and have been picking up a few blackmouth. Some salmon up to 13 pounds have been caught off Point Gibson and off Anderson Island in Marine Area 13. People trolling a spoon or artificial squid have been hooking fish, although some fish are being hooked mooching with a herring or salmon jig.

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