If you are reading this report at home, a whole lot of anglers got a head start on you. Today is the opening of the lowland-lake trout-fishing season, and some people have been on the water since 12:01 a.m. Don’t worry, you still have some time to grab your rod, some dough bait and worms, and head to your favorite spot. Remember to have a current fishing license and to give other anglers enough room.
American: Trolling Wedding Rings and Dick Nite spoons is producing good catches of rainbow trout. Also, trolling a pink mini-squid behind a pink dodger also is effective.
Nunnally: Fishing is good, especially if you are looking to catch a lot of fish, just not large ones. Most people are retrieving leeches and catching plenty of rainbows 12-16 inches long.
Potholes: Walleye action continues to be slow, although some limits are being caught in the Lind Coulee area, at the Crab Creek boat launch and at the Moses Lake spillway. With the finish of the full moon, the walleye bite will improve.
St. Clair: Bass anglers are finding largemouth bass holding in the fingers of the lake, where the water is a little warmer. While the fish aren’t big, you should be able to keep busy. There have been plenty of trout-eating bugs on the surface in the afternoon.
Tapps: Smallmouth bass action has improved. The fish seem to have moved shallower, holding in water about 10 feet deep. Use rattletrap-style lure and jerkbaits.
Columbia: In The Dalles, Bonneville and John Day pools, bank anglers are catching some spring chinook. Sturgeon fishing below Bonneville Dam has been very slow, while in The Dalles and John Day pools, boat anglers are catching some legal-size sturgeon.
Cowlitz: Some spring chinook and steelhead are being caught throughout the river, though not in large numbers. Salmon fishing seems best at the barrier dam.
Lewis: The effort and catch remain light. The river remains closed to fishing for chinook.
Yakima: Despite excellent river conditions, the fishing has been a bit inconsistent. There are afternoon hatches of March browns and some caddis. Use March brown nymphs in the morning, as well as some large stonefly nymphs.
Beaches: A razor clam dig continues through Tuesday on select beaches. No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon. Here are the dates, along with morning low tides, and the beaches that will be open: today, 8:24 a.m., minus-1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis; Sunday, 9:11 a.m., minus-1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis; Monday, 10:01 a.m., minus-1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks; and Tuesday, 10:55 a.m., minus-1.0 feet, Twin Harbors.
Fly-fishing: Fishing for sea-run cutthroat trout has been very good lately. Chum fry imitations are working best. Look for fish holding around points and rock structures during tidal changes.
South Sound: Salmon fishing has slowed down again. A few fish are being caught on the shoreline north of Gig Harbor or off the slag pile. Fishing in Marine Area 11 for salmon closes Tuesday. But the lingcod season opens Wednesday. To keep a ling, it must measure more than 26 inches and less than 36 inches. Also, shrimping in Marine Area 11 opens May 4 and 8 from 7 a.m-3 p.m., while Marine Area 13 will be open daily beginning at 7 a.m. May 4. The season closes May 31.
Westport: Bottomfish action has been very good when the weather allows boats to get out. An angler won the weekly Westport derby with a 29.9-pound lingcod.Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com and steelheaduniversity.com. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure