American: Bill’s Boathouse hosts its annual trout release at 8 a.m. Saturday. About 150 people stood shoulder to shoulder to catch the newly released trout last spring.
This year 6,000 trout will be released. Anglers are limited to two trout 14 inches or longer.
“Last year there were more boats anchored out front since the ’50s or ’60s,” said David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Admission is $4.25 for adults and $3 for children. Donations are requested for breakfast. Money raised is used for improvements in the surrounding neighborhood, Anderson said.
Spanaway: The lake was planted with rainbow trout last week, and Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House saidmost are in the top 4 feet of water. Troll with a wedding ring and worm if you want to catch them. Use a worm-and-marshmallow combo at the south end of the lake. Herlitzka also said to fish the west side at a depth of 15 feet to catch browns.
Washington: Action is slow, with some anglers chasing smallmouth bass and others landing an occasional trout.
Stevens: Yellow perch are biting and kokanee fishing is picking up, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. “Kokanee fishing is not hot, but it should get consistently better and better,” he said. “It will probably be best the last week in April or the first week in May.”
Southwestern Washington: Lake Sacajawea in Longview, Kress Lake in Kalama, Horseshoe Lake in Woodland and Battle Ground Lake were all stocked with nearly half-pound rainbow trout last week, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported.
Goodwin: Trout fishing has been good of late.
Chelan: Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service said jumbo kokanee and mackinaw are biting. Troll at a depth of 50-100 feet with a Mack’s Double D Dodger trailed by orange or pink Mini Cha Cha Squidder baited with Pautzke’s Fire Corn for the best results, Jones said.
Roses: Rainbow trout are biting here. Jones said to fish from the bank with a slip sinker rig and Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire or cast Worden Lures Roostertails.
Columbia: Bank and boat anglers are catching chinook on Drano Lake, bank anglers are doing best at The Dalles Pool and catches are light at the John Day Pool, according to reports from the WDFW. Boat anglers are catching some sturgeon near Vancouver. Sturgeon action is slow but walleye and bass are biting at The Dalles and John Day pools.
Cowlitz: The WDFW reported that anglers are catching some spring chinook and steelhead.
Klickitat:– Not much effort here of late, according to the WDFW.
Lewis: The east fork from the mouth to the upper boat ramp at Lewisville Park opened Tuesday for hatchery steelhead fishing. Selective gear rules are in effect, and anglers are allowed to use bait.
Washougal: Tuesday was the first day for hatchery steelhead fishing from the mouth to the Mount Norway Bridge. Selective gear rules are in effect, and anglers are allowed to use bait.
Wind: There are reports of some anglers catching spring chinook, but not many anglers are going out.
South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports that fishing in the area is picking up. For the best luck, troll a flasher and hoochie or a flasher and spoon between the clay banks to the slag pile on outgoing tides or Dalco on the incoming tides.
North Sound: Some areas are still open for salmon fishing, Chamberlain said, but not many anglers are going out. They instead are focusing on freshwater fishing, he email@example.com