Fishing Report for April 20

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comApril 20, 2013 

The lowland-lake trout season will open one week from today, on April 27. Fishermen are reminded to have a current 2013-14 fishing license. You can read a preview on the season in Sunday’s Adventure section.

LAKES

Eastside: The popular trout lakes have been fishing well. Anglers are having success using rusty brown leeches on a sinking line.

Munn: Trout fishing has picked up. People are still doing well with chironomids. Most are fishing chironomid patterns under an indicator. Or try leeches and Woolly Buggers in dark colors.

Potholes: Fishing for rainbow trout has been good close to shore, even at the swimming area at MarDon Resort. Bank anglers are using PowerBait, Pautskze’s salmon eggs, night crawlers and marshmallows.

Rattlesnake: Trout fishing has been good to very good. Try leeches fished on an intermediate sinking line. Be willing to change the color of your fly, from olive to black to brown, until you find a color that is productive.

Tapps: The lake is producing a few smallmouth bass but not in great numbers or sizes. The water temperatures have dropped, likely slowing the action. The fish seem to be holding in water 20-25 feet deep.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Fishing remains fair at best for steelhead and a few more spring chinook. The action has been hit-and-miss. For springers, back-trolling with eggs, sand shrimp or herring is working. Off the bank, use eggs or sand shrimp under a bobber.

Olympic Coast: The rivers are on the rise again, so this might not be the weekend to make the trip to the coast. The Sol Duc has been producing some steelhead and a few spring chinook. The Bogachiel and Calawah have been slow. The Hoh closed Tuesday.

Yakima: Trout fishing has been fair to good. There has been a March brown hatch most afternoons and there are still some skwalas coming off as well. Fish seem to be congregating in specific pools, rather than spread throughout the river.

SALT WATER

Beaches: The state has approved a morning razor clam dig that will run from Wednesday through April 30 at Twin Harbors beach, and some of those days at three other ocean beaches. No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon.

Here are the beaches that are open, along with the low-tide times: Twin Harbors, 6:10 a.m. Wednesday, minus-0.3 feet; 6:54 a.m. Thursday, minus-1.0 feet; 7:38 a.m. Friday, minus-1.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis, 8:24 a.m. April 27, minus-1.7 feet; 9:11 a.m. April 28, minus-1.7 feet; 10:01 a.m. April 29, minus-1.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks, 10:55 a.m. April 30, minus-1.0 feet.

Fly-fishing: There are chum fry everywhere, and the sea-run cutthroat are eating them willingly. Many area beaches seem to fish better on outgoing tides.

North Sound: Salmon fishing is slow overall, but some fish are being caught off Hat Island and Columbia Beach. Hoochies and Ace-Hi flies seem to be working best.

South Sound: The reports are more positive this week. The state checkers reported nine chinook were brought in by 29 boats. People are reportedly catching fish along the shoreline north of Gig Harbor and off the slag pile. Fishing spoons, such as a green splatterback Tail Wagger, off the bottom has been working best.

Westport: Rough water conditions have limited ocean fishing. When the boats have been able to get out, people are catching some nice lingcod, as well as limits of rockfish.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Curt Reed at Waters West, Westport Charterboat Association, Red’s Fly Shop, Gary Krein at All-Star Fishing Charters, Tom Pollock at Sportco, washingtonlakes.com, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co., state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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