Trout anglers will have more options to try when the lowland lake fishing season opens Saturday. As a bonus, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has stocked 80,000 catchable-size fish in lakes in Pierce, Thurston, King, Mason, Jefferson and Snohomish counties. Go to thenewstribune.com/adventure to read our season preview.
American: The trout fishing improved in recent days, with some anglers reporting they were taking home limits. Some people are trolling a pink Wedding Ring behind a dodger, with the lure tipped with corn or pink maggots. The kokanee have yet to start biting.
Black: The lake has been producing some trout and bass. One angler reported using crankbaits in water about 15 feet deep.
Chelan: People are catching kokanee and lake trout. The kokanee are hitting pink mini-Cha Cha Squidders baited with yellow Fire Corn. Look for the fish 35-45 feet deep over bottoms that ranged from 55-110 feet deep. The lake trout were hitting glow green Cha Cha Squidders. Fishing depths of 265-310 feet around the Colyar ledge worked best.
Spanaway: Lots of limits of rainbow trout are being caught. Still fishing in the south end with a worm and marshmallow is producing stringers of fish 8-12 inches long. People also are catching brown trout that are holding in water 15 feet deep on the west side of the lake. Troll slowly with Wedding Ring or Rapala for the browns.
Tapps: Anglers are catching a few tiger muskies, trolling off points and other structures in water about 25 feet deep. The north side of the lake seems a little more productive because the water is clearer there. The smallmouth bass action has been fair.
Cowlitz: The fishing has been on the slow side, although people are catching some steelhead at Blue Creek and spring chinook throughout the river.
Olympic Coast: Falling water levels should make for better steelhead fishing for those rivers still open. The Sol Duc is probably the best option, followed by the Bogachiel. A few more spring chinook are showing up as well.
Yakima: The March brown hatches have been coming off most afternoons, but the trout seem picky. Warmer weather this week should help the action improve. Try patterns such as size 12 black pheasant tails, split wing Adams and pheasant tail cripples.
Beaches: A razor clam dig opens today at Twin Harbors and will include three other beaches. No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon. Here are the dates, along with morning low tides, at the four beaches that will be open: today, 6:10 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors; Thursday, 6:54 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors; Friday, 7:38 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis; Saturday: 8:24 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis; Sunday, 9:11 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis; Monday, 10:01 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks; and Tuesday, 10:55 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors.
Sekiu: The fishing for lingcod and rockfish in Marine Area 4 east of Tatoosh has been good to very good, based on creel checks.
South Sound: The weekend salmon fishing was slow in the Tacoma area, based on state creel checks. There were just four chinook checked, brought in by 48 anglers.
Westport: The lingcod fishing has been steady, while the rockfish action has tapered off a bit. Still, some boats are coming in with limits. Ocean conditions should be better this week.
Contributors: washingtonlakes.com, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, Olson’s Resort, Waters West, Westport Charterboat Association, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse.Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure