Fishing

Fishing report for March 10

•  Chum fry are making their way into Sound, attracting searun cutthroat trout.



•  There’s some good steelhead action in eastside streams.



•  Blackmouth action slow overall in the Sound, Strait.



LAKES

AMERICAN: Despite seeing a good number of fish on their fish finders, people are reporting that getting the kokanee to bite has been difficult.

BANKS: Walleye anglers are catching their limits slowly trolling with a chartreuse Wedding Ring tipped with a worm. The action has been consistent at Baker Flats.

CHELAN: Kokanee are being caught in good numbers. Look for the fish to be suspended 45-200 feet deep. Troll with a Mini Cha Cha Squidder by Mack’s Lures in orange on a short leader behind Double D Dodgers in sizes 00-0000. Tip the lure with with Pautzke’s Fire Corn in natural or yellow. The lake trout fishing has been best in the trench, with the fish holding 3-5 feet from the bottom.

WASHINGTON: People are catching a mix of kokanee and cutthroat trout. Trolling a Pro-Troll Trout or Kokanee Killer has been effective, as have a chartreuse hoochie pulled behind a dodger. The fish seem to be holding between 15-40 feet deep around Mercer Island.

RIVERS

COLUMBIA: More people are hitting the water, but the catch rate hasn’t kept pace. Last week, the sampled 503 fishermen had four spring chinook and seven steelhead plus released 11 steelhead. A count Sunday showed there were 261 boats and 426 bank on the mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam. Sturgeon fishing has been slow.

COWLITZ: The steelhead fishing has picked up. State creel samples showed 70 boat anglers caught 58 steelhead and released four, while 50 bank anglers had six steelhead and released two. The best action has been in the trout hatchery area.

OLYMPIC COAST: There were a lot more people fishing the rivers around Forks last weekend, but the catch rates didn’t keep up. Despite very low water conditions — the Hoh was at 429 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning — anglers were catching steelhead on the Bogachiel, Sol Duc and the Hoh rivers.

WENATCHEE: Anglers wanting to chase steelhead on the eastside of the state should head here, Icicle Creek or the Methow River. The water is low and clear, but anglers are hooking fish using small jigs under a float, beads or a combination.

YAKIMA: The recent warm weather seems to have turned on the skwala hatch and the trout are starting to feed on the surface. If the water is cold, say 40 degrees and below, run a skwala nymph along the edges of seams where the water is about 2 feet deep and moving at a slow walking pace.

SALT WATER

FLY FISHING: The action for sea-run cutthroat trout has picked up some. Anglers are reporting seeing some small schools of chum fry entering the saltwater, so the action should increase in the coming weeks as more fry begin their out-migration. Remember, sea-run cutthroat must be released.

SEKIU: The salmon fishing has slowly improved, but still is not great. Anglers over the weekend averaged one chinook for every three people, according to state creel checks.

SOUTH SOUND: A handful of blackmouth were caught during the weekend. A few fish are being caught in Quartermaster Harbor area and Point Dalco, and off Point Gibson on Fox Island.

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