• Razor clam dig kicks off Saturday.
• More area lakes getting planted with rainbow trout.
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• Spring chinook action on Columbia shows signs of improvement.
AMERICAN: Rainbow trout have been hitting Smile Blade flies in pink or green tipped with a worm or corn, or hoochies tipped with corn. People have reported having success trolling in front of the Veterans Administration hospital.
BLACK: The lake was planted Wednesday with 23,350 catchable-size rainbows.
FLORENCE: The state stocked the lake Wednesday with 4,000 rainbows.
LAWRENCE: This lake also was stocked Wednesday, receiving 20,000 rainbows.
LENICE: Trout fishing has been consistent throughout the lake. Many of the rainbows are measuring about 14 inches long. The lake was also planted with smaller trout this week.
POTHOLES: The walleye action remains good to very good, especially at the mouth of Crab Creek. Look for fish in water 20-30 feet deep. Worm harnesses with Smile Blades have been working well
SPENCER: The lake has been fishing well, and the action should get better after the lake was stocked Wednesday with 10,010 rainbows. Look for the planted fish close to the surface.
COLUMBIA: Fishing continues to get better for spring chinook and steelhead. Overall, sturgeon fishing has been slow, except for the John Day Pool, where one in four anglers has been catching a legal-size fish.
COWLITZ: People fishing from the bank at Blue Creek are having success landing steelhead. Boat anglers are catching fish side-drifting small baits or yarn balls. Anglers are reminded they can now keep up to three hatchery steelhead. A few spring chinook are being caught.
YAKIMA: The river level has slowly dropped in the last few days and that should get the dry-fly action going again. Some patterns to use include skwalas, March browns, blue wing olives and brown sedges. Effective nymphs have been purple lightning bugs and black copper Johns.
CLAMS: A razor clam dig will open Saturday at four beaches. The best digging is an hour or two before low tide, and no digging is allowed after noon. Here is the schedule with low tide times: Saturday (April 4), 7:23 a.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Sunday, 7:57 a.m., 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Monday, 8:32 a.m., 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Tuesday, 9:09 a.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Wednesday, 9:48 a.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Thursday, 10:32 a.m., 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors; and Friday, 11:23 a.m., 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.
SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing has been showing some signs of improvement, although the fishing pressure remains light. Mooching with herring or trolling with a flasher and hoochie have been the most effective methods. The clay banks at the tidal changes and Point Dalco during the incoming tide have been good spots.
WESTPORT: The bottom fish action continues to be very good to excellent, with many boats bringing in limits of rockfish and ling cod. One angler last weekend caught a ling cod weighing 331/3 pounds, and there were reports of a 39-pounder landed.