Fishing report for March 27


AMERICAN: The lake is producing some good catches of rainbow trout. Some anglers are trolling, using a Wannafish a Lure Pink Ice tipped with corn pulled behind a silver dodger.

ISLAND: The trout fishing has been very good. Most people are stilling fishing with Power Bait and worms near the bottom. In the past few days, trolling close to the bottom with Wedding Rings or Triple Teasers has been effective.

KAPOWSIN: The lake was stocked Wednesday with 5,000 rainbows. As at other lakes recently planted, the fish weighed about a third-pound each.

LONG: The state put 7,200 rainbows into the lake Tuesday.

POTHOLES: Fishing for largemouth bass has been good once the shallow waters have warmed. Try fishing shallows with a dark bottom among the sand dunes with a southern exposure late in the day. The smallmouth bass are biting on the points in Lind Coulee Arm. The trout action has been fair along Medicare Beach. The walleye action has been best at the mouth of Crab Creek.

SAINT CLAIR: The lake received a plant of 9,242 rainbow trout Tuesday.

SPANAWAY: The fishing was already good and should be even better after 10,000 rainbow trout were planted Tuesday. Look for the planted fish close to the surface.

WHITMAN: This Pierce County lake was planted with 2,500 trout Wednesday.


COWLITZ: Effective Wednesday, anglers on the lower river will be able to keep three hatchery steelhead. The change will impact anglers fishing from the boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 400 feet below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery barrier dam.

METHOW: The river from the mouth to the confluence of the Chewuch River in Winthrop will close to steelhead and whitefish fishing one hour after official sunset Tuesday.

SKOOKUMCHUCK: People are catching a few steelhead, but the action is fair at best. Try drifting a nightmare patterned jig under a float.

WENATCHEE: Fishing for steelhead and whitefish will close one hour after official sunset Tuesday. The closure covers from the mouth to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been good to very good. Some anglers are having success with streamers, such as a Sculpzilla. With the river flow on the rise, it might be a good time to try nymphs as well.

WYNOOCHEE: A few steelhead are being caught, but the action has been slow overall. The river will close at the end of the month.


FLY FISHING: The action for searun cutthroat trout remains very good. They are feeding on chum salmon fry now, so use small baitfish patterns. Also, look for them close to shore on gravel beaches, chasing the schools of chum fry.

SOUTH SOUND: The salmon fishing slowed down during the week. Mooching seems to have been more effective in the past few days. The story has been the same in the waters south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, with just a few blackmouth being caught off Anderson Island and Fox Island.