Fishing report for March 13


LENICE: Fishing is good and attracting plenty of anglers. People seem to be having more success fishing the deeper water, around 15 feet, especially if it is a clear day. Some people are using bloodworms, others leeches, then midges if there is a hatch.

OFFUT: Trout action has been consistent. Most people are using PowerBait and worms. Fish the shallows if you want to hook a cutthroat, or go deep for rainbows. The lake recently was stocked with brood stock rainbows weighing 5-6 pounds.

POTHOLES: People fishing from the bank in the afternoon and into the evening are catching trout from Medicare Beach, the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway and from the southern shores of the reservoir.

SPANAWAY: Trout fishing has been very good, with many people heading home with limits. Boat anglers are catching rainbows at the south end. Dock anglers have been catching plenty of trout measuring 14 inches long, but some are weighing up to 3 pounds. Worms have been the most effective method, others are using PowerBait and marshmallows.


COWLITZ: Steelhead fishing has been fair to good. People have been using all sorts of techniques, but side-drifting eggs and back-trolling with bait and plugs have been very effective. Spring chinook have yet to make it into the river.

OLYMPIC COAST: Water levels remain low, despite a spike on Thursday, but steelhead fishing remains fair. Try using a nightmare pattern jig under a bobber or eggs. Look for the fish holding in deep pools or riffles with a good chop on the surface. There have been lots of people on the water, especially the lower Hoh River, so be patient.

WYNOOCHEE: While the river remains very low and clear, people are still catching steelhead. The issue has been most of them have been wild and must be released. Rain in the forecast this weekend should improve the action.

YAKIMA: The dry-fly action remains good, with people using skwala, brown dun and blue wing olive patterns. The water is low and clear, so be wary not to spook the fish with a clumsy approach.


CLAMS: The state has approved the next razor clam dig, which starts Monday and includes the switch to digs on morning low tides. Here is the information: Monday, 4:15 p.m., 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Tuesday, 5:08 p.m., minus-0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Wednesday, 5:57 p.m., minus-0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Thursday, 6:42 p.m., minus-0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Friday, 7:26 p.m., minus-0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks; March 21, 7:55 a.m., minus-0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks; March 22, 8:42 a.m., minus-0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks; March 23, 9:31 a.m., minus-0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; March 24, 10:21 a.m., minus-0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

FLY-FISHING: The sea-run cutthroat trout action has been fair to good. Some fly-anglers are casting a Miyawaki popper on the surface or a Clouser minnow below the surface. Chum fry continue to show up in small schools.

SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing in the Tacoma area remains slow but has gotten a little better this week. One fish brought in weighed close to 13 pounds. Trolling in order to cover lots of water has been the preferred method. Hit the slag pile and Quartermaster Harbor area. In Marine Area 13, people are hooking salmon off Point Gibson and Green Point.