Columbia: Salmon fishing improved last week. In sampling done below Bonneville Dam, 3,225 anglers had 479 adult and three jack spring chinook and four steelhead. Sturgeon anglers are catching some legal-size fish below the dam and in the John Day Pool.
Cowlitz: Overall, fishing has been slow. During creel checks last week, 100 bank anglers kept one chinook and three steelhead, and 40 boat anglers kept three chinook and three steelhead and released one chinook. Also last week, Tacoma Power recovered 561 winter-run steelhead and seven spring-chinook adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Olympic Coast: River levels are dropping and the steelhead fishing should be good. Try the Sol Duc first, then the Hoh.
Skookumchuck: The river has been producing a few steelhead. In the higher water, the fish seem to be holding close to the bank. Eggs have been productive.
Tilton: Last week, Tacoma Power employees released 60 steelhead into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
Yakima: There have been no reports because the river has been unfishable, but conditions should be good by today.
American: Trout fishing has improved. Some anglers reported having success trolling a worm-tipped red Wedding Ring behind pop gear. Kokanee action has been slow.
Chelan: Kokanee action is picking up steam and seems to be a replay of last year’s good fishing. Look for fish holding in water 50-70 feet deep. Rose-colored Wedding Rings trolled behind a pink dodger has been an effective setup.
Offut: The lake has been producing some catches of cutthroat trout. One angler reported hooking some fish trolling a Daredevle spoon in a rainbow trout pattern close to the surface.
Riffe: The lake is producing some landlocked silver salmon but not in great numbers. Trolling has been more effective than any other method right now.
Seep lakes: Trout action has been fair to good on these small lakes below O’Sullivan Dam near Othello.
St. Clair: The lake has been producing some limits, especially for those people focusing on fish holding near the surface. One angler reported having success with orange Trout Magnets.
Tapps: Smallmouth bass action is getting a little better. Fish seem to be holding in shallow water and are keying on dark-colored tube lures.
Fly fishing: The action for sea-run cutthroat trout has been good to very good. Look for the fish near streams as they return to the salt water after spawning. They are keying on chum fry. Remember, sea-run cutthroat must be released.
North Sound: Blackmouth fishing has been fair at best. Marine Area 9 will close April 15. The best fishing has been on the western edge of the area, in the Port Townsend area. Action in Marine Area 8 has been fair.
South Sound: Dismal weather made for dismal fishing over the weekend. Creel sample reports from seven spots around the South Sound and Hood Canal showed only two chinook brought in by just 26 anglers. Trolling with flashers and squid have been producing the most hook-ups.
WesTport: Charter boats have been kept in the harbor by the weather. Before that, the action for lingcod was very good, while slower for rockfish.Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, gamefishin.com, The Evening Hatch, Waters West, washingtonlakes.com, Point Defiance Boathouse, Westport Charterboat Association and Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure