Fishing report: March 31


BRADLEY: Anglers will have had a good chance of success here because this tiny Puyallup lake was stocked with 1,000 trout on March 20.

BONNEY LAKE: Stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout last week.

HARTS: Stocked with 6,400 rainbows in mid-March.

KAPOWSIN: The lake was stocked with 5,000 rainbows last week.

LONG: Last week 7,200 rainbows were planted.

MERIDIAN: Anglers have been doing well from the dock since the King County lake was stocked with 8,000 rainbows in March.

SAINT CLAIR: Benefited from the state stocking program last week with the addition of 9,242 rainbows.

SCANEWA: Last week Tacoma Power released 52 steelhead adults and 14 spring chinook above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

SPANAWAY: “The lake has been pumped up pretty good,” said Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boathouse. Last week the lake was planted with about 10,000 rainbows. Anglers are catching them all over. A 5-pound brown trout was caught off the bank recently, and some cutthroat trout are still biting. Fly-fishermen also are doing well, Herlitzka said.

WASHINGTON: Bass fishing has been picking up, said Todd Rock of Auburn Sports and Marine.

WHITMAN: The state infused the lake with 2,500 trout last week.

CHELAN: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service said, “Lake Chelan continues to be hot, trolling for lake trout in the Barrens and kokanee uplake of Mitchell Creek along the north shore.”

ROSES: Rainbows are biting at a rate that’s producing relatively easy limits, Jones said.


COLUMBIA: The Washington Department of Fish Wildlife reports that salmonid catch rates improved slightly over the weekend on the lower river. Boat anglers near Troutdale averaged .07 spring chinook per boat. During the March 28 surveying flight, the WDFW counted 1,189 salmonid boats and 332 Oregon bank anglers from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam. The most action for sturgeon anglers seems to be at the John Day Pool, where the department counted five legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, three oversize and 22 sublegal sturgeon released by nine boats. In The Dalles Pool, 15 boats kept 85 walleye and released three.

COWLITZ: Tacoma Power reports recovering 862 winter-run steelhead and 17 spring chinook last week at the hatchery separator. Rock of Auburn Sports and Marine said fishing has been “lights out” for him, but he has talked to others who’ve had no luck. He said it’s “a solid choice.”

TILTON: Tacoma Power released 79 winter-run steelhead at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.


RAZOR CLAMS: A razor clam dig starts Saturday on the Washington coast. Digging will be allowed April 4-10 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, and April 4-5 at Mocrocks and Copalis. “The razor clams we’re seeing are really fattening up, and are perfect for the frying pan,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

SOUTH SOUND: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing in the area has been inconsistent, but anglers are landing salmon 5 pounds and larger. The staff says about half of the salmon caught have adipose fins meaning they must be released.