Black: Trout fishing is slowly picking up. According to reports, the best action has been a result of trolling with bait or spoons.
Munn: Rainbow trout action has been good. Fly anglers are having success using a green Woolly Bugger fished on a sinking line, or fishing chironomids under a strike indicator. Remember this is a catch-and-release lake.
Nahwatzel: Fishing with orange PowerBait has been the most effective method for catching limits.
Potholes: Water temperatures in the sand dunes area has reached 60 degrees. Bass anglers are catching largemouth in the dunes, including one that weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. Smallmouth bass, including some topping 5 pounds, are being caught from the rocks by Goose Island. Lind Coulee is starting to produce some walleye, as is Crab Creek.
Tapps: While the lake is now at normal levels, the smallmouth bass fishing has been slow. The fish might still be sorting out where they want to hold.
Columbia: The spring-chinook sport fishery on the lower river has been extended through Friday. The recreational fishery will be closed Tuesday to accommodate a possible commercial fishery. The sports harvest has been running well below expectations, prompting fishery managers to add six days to the initial recreational fishing season, which had been set to close Friday. Through March, anglers had caught just 1,500 adult spring chinook, about 25 percent of the 6,100-fish harvest expected by now.
Cowlitz: Fishing is still on the slow side, but anglers who are putting in the time to cover lots of water are bringing home some steelhead and a few spring chinook. Side-drifting eggs or corkies, as well as back trolling bait have been effective methods.
Olympic Coast: Rain earlier this week shot water levels up rapidly. The Hoh went from about 2,000 cubic feet per second at midday Thursday to 5,540 cfs Friday morning. This might not be the weekend to make the trip.
Yakima: Flows have doubled since early this week, and water conditions below the Teanaway River confluence are poor. If you have to try, hit the upper river.
Beaches: A razor clam dig will run Tuesday through April 14 at Twin Harbors beach and Friday through April 14 at Long Beach, Copalis, and Mocrocks beaches. No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon.
The dates, along with morning low tides, are: Tuesday, 6:39 a.m., 0.0 feet, Twin Harbors; Wednesday, 7:19 a.m., minus-0.3 feet, Twin Harbors.
Thursday, 7:57 a.m., minus-0.4 feet, Twin Harbors; Friday, 8:34 a.m., minus-0.4 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; April 13, 9:11 a.m., minus-0.2, feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and April 14, 9:49 a.m., plus-0.1, feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.
Hood Canal: The action has been slow, but indications are the south end of the canal is producing the best results. Try spots such as Triton Cove, Hole in the Wall or between Ayock Point, Lilliwaup and down to Hoodsport.
North Sound: Fishing has been good, at least for Scott Fowler of Burlington. His 21.52-pound fish was big enough to win the Anacortes Salmon Derby, and the $15,000 first-place prize. In second was Rich Olson of Everett with a 19.42-pound salmon, to earn $5,000. Jay Murphy of Puyallup was in third with a 19.10-pounder that earned him $2,500. Jerry Schmidt of Olympia won $2,500 for catching the secret weight fish, a 7.20-pound salmon. Overall, there were 256 fish weighed, at an average of 8.3 pounds.
South Sound: Salmon fishing remains slow overall. Some local anglers are reporting an uptick in the action, with some chinook being caught at Quartermaster Harbor by fishing spoons on the bottom.
Westport: With improved weather conditions, the lingcod action has been good to very good.Contributors: Anne Meseberg at MarDon Resort, The Evening Hatch, U.S. Geological Survey, Waters West, washingtonlakes.com, Tom Pollack at Sportco, salmonuniversity.com, Rob Sweem of R&K Guide Service, steelheaduniversity.com and state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure