Fishing Report: April 7

Several lakes are freshly stocked, primed for fishing.

A razor clam wraps up on the coast on Friday.

There were 20 percent more anglers on the lower Columbia River on April 1-5 than the same time last year.


SPANAWAY: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House said a first-time angler with kids visited recently and headed out in a rental boat with plans of using wedding rings and worms. When his kids protested, saying they didn’t want to hurt the worms, he fished with just the wedding rings. Still, the angler returned with eight fish, Herlitzka said.

BLACK: Planted last week with 23,350 rainbow trout.

FLORENCE: Stocked last week with 4,000 rainbows.

KRESS: No report of anglers catching fish, but the lake near Vancouver was recently stocked.

LAWRENCE: Recently stocked with 20,000 rainbow trout.

LENICE: Planted with trout last week and reports indicate fishing is good.

POTHOLES: Walleye fishing was still good.


COLUMBIA: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported sampling two times as many fish and 20 percent more anglers April 1-5 than the same time last year. According to the report, 2,735 salmonid anglers caught 470 adult and one jack spring Chinook and 19 steelhead. They kept 408 adult chinook. Some boat anglers were catching sturgeon in The Dalles and John Day pools. In the John Day Pool, anglers averaged 3.4 walleye and eight bass per rod during last week’s survey.

COWLITZ: Tacoma Power recovered 961 winter-run steelhead and 102 spring Chinook salmon last week.

KALAMA: State surveys show 83 bank anglers kept 12 hatchery steelhead and released 17 wild steelhead last week. Also, 15 boat anglers kept two hatchery steelhead and a spring Chinook and released one hatchery steelhead.

LEWIS: No catches recorded last week by the WDFW. At last count, two hatchery and one spring Chinook had returned to the Merwin Dam trap. Fishing for spring Chinook is closed.


SOUTH SOUND: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reported fishing is slow. Some salmon are available for those who have “patience and persistence,” Art Tachell said on the marina’s recorded fishing report. The best approaches: Try trolling or mooching but jigging is starting to pick up.

WESTPORT: The Westport Charterboat Association reported lingcod and rockfish are biting when the weather allows fishing.

CLAMS: A coastal razor clam dig ends Friday. Long Beach and Twin Harbors are open for morning digs and digging is allowed after noon. Diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig and keep their clams separate. Low tides are 9:48 a.m. Wednesday (0.1 feet); 10:32 a.m. Thursday (0.2) and 11:23 a.m. Friday (0.4). The next razor clam digs are tentatively scheduled for April 17-24, May 2-3, 7-10 and 15-17. Wildlife managers are asking diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both types of birds nest in dry, soft sand.