Banks: The walleye fishing has been good. Look for the fish in water 15-20 feet deep on the east side of the lake. Bottom walkers — trailed by green spinners, and tipped with a worm — have been producing strikes.
Clear (Pierce): The action for kokanee and trout has been fair. Look for fish holding 15-30 feet down.
Leech: Fly anglers are catching some holdover rainbow trout and brook trout. A water boatman pattern, fished near weeds, has been effective. The latest report said the gate remains closed, so anglers have to hike to the lake.
Mineral: Worms coated with shrimp Smelly Jelly have been producing some limits of trout. Start with a 2 1/2-foot leader. Yellow Power Eggs have been producing hits.
Offut: The fishing has been very good to excellent, with many limits of trout, including some large fish. Power Bait and night crawlers are working best, scented with shrimp and anise. Anglers who are trolling are using Wedding Rings, Roostertails and Kastmasters.
Spanaway: Still fishing at the south end of the lake is producing lots of limits of rainbow trout. Worms and marshmallows have been the best bait combo. Some rainbows are weighing up to 5 pounds. Trolling is not as effective, but be sure to run your gear at least 5 feet deep. Fishing with a worm under a bobber will attract perch and rock bass.
Summit: Anglers have been reporting good catches of kokanee and rainbow trout after using downriggers to get pink hoochies about 35 to 50 feet deep.
Spencer: The trout fishing here and in other Mason County lakes has been good to very good. Try trolling with Wedding Rings, or bottom fishing with yellow or chartreuse Power Bait in garlic scent, or a night crawler.
Columbia: Anglers can fish for spring chinook through Sunday below Bonneville Dam. The three-day extension reopens the fishery from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Beacon Rock for boat anglers, with bank fishing allowed below the dam. Anglers are limited to one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily limit of two adult fish.
Yakima: Hatches of pale morning duns, blue wing olives and March browns have been drawing trout to the surface to hit dry flies. Watch for caddis hatches on days when the sun is out. Try nymphs and streamers in the morning, then switch to large dry flies once you see rising fish, and then adjust your offerings.
Clams: The 2015-16 razor clam season will shut down after this weekend. Mocrocks and Copalis will be open Saturday and Mocrocks alone will be open Sunday. The low tides will be at 7:12 a.m. Saturday and 7:47 a.m. Sunday. Digging ends at noon both days.
La Push/Neah Bay: The halibut fishing season will reopen May 28 in Marine Area 3 and Marine Area 4.
North Sound: State creel reports show that the best halibut fishing has been off Sekiu. That area, and the rest of the Puget Sound where halibut fishing is allowed, will reopen Thursday through May 29.
South Sound: Ling cod fishing has been slow, in part because few anglers have been on the water. Look for fish in the Tacoma Narrows and Toliva Shoals. Shrimping will be open in waters south of the Narrows Bridge from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and on May 31. Hood Canal shrimping will reopen on May 28 and May 30 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Westport: The shallow-water fishery remains very good, with rockfish hitting flies and jigs, and ling cod hitting bait. The northern nearshore halibut fishery will close Saturday.
Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Steve Joyce at Red’s Fly Shop, salmonuniversity.com, northwestfishingreports.com, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center, washingtonflyfishing.com.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640