Outdoor briefs for May 16


Diablo Lake drawndown closes boat ramp

Boaters and paddlers are cautioned that Diablo Lake is being drawn down as low as 1,192 feet above sea level, 10 feet below normal operating conditions. The low lake levels will run through June 15, and again Sept. 15-Oct. 31.

During these times, Diablo Lake and the Colonial Creek Campground boat ramp will be inaccessible to motorboats, and it will be difficult for paddlecraft to launch.

The drawdown is necessary for maintenance work to be done by Seattle City Light on the Ross Dam barge landing and ferry facilities.

Lake levels will fluctuate during the drawdown, according to a North Cascades National Park complex news release. Boaters should be aware Seattle City Light may rapidly vary the lake level without notice. Because of this, it is recommended boaters refrain from using their vessels on Diablo Lake during these periods so they are not stranded.

National Park Service staff will take advantage of the low levels to clean sediment off the public boat ramp at Colonial Creek Campground.

Normal lake levels will resume June 16-Sept. 14, and again starting about Nov. 1.

Seattle City Light also will complete work on the docks on the east side of Diablo Lake near the Ross Haul Road. These facilities will be open to visitors June 12. The Ross Haul Road between Ross Powerhouse and the tunnel, as well as the Diablo Lake Trail Bridge, will be closed through June 20 and again Sept. 7-Nov. 4.


Guide offers tips on fishing for kokanee

Brianna Bruce will give a presentation May 27 on fishing for kokanee at the monthly meeting of the Olympia Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Bruce will cover the basics that you need to know to get on the water and be successful, including what a kokanee is (land-locked sockeye salmon), their habits, their environment, basic gear, bait lures and techniques. The program will also include tips for reading sonar, trolling techniques, stacking rods on downriggers, as well as alternatives to traditional downriggers.

Bruce is the owner, operator and guide of Livin’ Life Adventures and is among a small number of licensed female guides in the state. Growing up in Washington, Bruce today likes to pursue kokanee, salmon and steelhead.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia.

You can learn more about Bruce at livinlifeadventures.com.


Class will teach basics of fly casting

Sportsman’s Warehouse in Federal Way is offering a single-day class on the fundamentals of fly casting June 6.

The class will combine instruction, demonstration and practice on a local private water. It will focus on angling equipment, leaders, knots and fly casting. Instructors also will talk about rod assembly and care, stance and hook removal, as well as casting techniques.

Instructors will include Darrel Martin, certified by the International Federation of Fly-Fishers (United States) and The Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors (United Kingdom), and Michael Martin, an experienced guide and instructor.

If you have your own equipment, bring it to the class. Equipment is available for a free day-loan during the class. Students should also bring rain gear, a brimmed hat, protective eyewear, lunch and drink.

The class will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $50 (cash only, and includes a $30 deposit to reserve a spot).

To register, or for more information, contact the store at 253-835-4100.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com