Good weather in the weekend forecast should bring plenty of people out to local lakes, coastal beaches for a razor clam dig and to rivers looking to hook a steelhead. The National Weather Service is predicting mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid-60s Saturday and Sunday. Could it be that spring fishing is finally here?
Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will run in Wednesday’s Sports section.
Cowlitz: The fishing is picking up, but slowly. People are catching a handful of steelhead and a few spring chinook. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 318 winter-run steelhead and two spring chinook salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Olympic Coast: The steelhead is still going strong thanks to river levels that are in good shape. Rain in the forecast today and Thursday should improve water conditions.
Skookumchuck: The river is producing consistent catches of steelhead, but the action can’t be called red hot. The fish have been hitting jigs under a bobber and spoons.
Yakima: The trout action has been fair in recent days, slowed a bit by low and clear water conditions. Look for where streams are dumping some off-color water into the river. Nymphing with stonefly patterns has been working best.
Black: The south end of the lake has been the place to catch rainbow trout. Some people are reporting having success trolling with a red Wedding Ring, tipped with a worm.
Chelan: The hot action has been trolling the edges of the lake for jumbo kokanee. People trolling the trench are catching lake trout as well. Most of the kokanee are measuring 15-17 inches. Look for the fish in water 50-100 feet deep.
Riffe: People are catching a few kokanee, but the action has yet to really get going. Some fish are being caught at the dam, while others have been caught along the north shore in water 35-50 feet deep.
Tapps: The water levels is coming up, and the fishing is showing signs of improvement. There are some reports of smallmouth bass being caught.
Beaches: The next razor clam dig, taking place on morning low tides, opens Thursday. No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon. The schedule, along with morning low tide times, is: Thursday, 7:57 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors; Friday, 8:40 a.m., -0.6 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; Saturday, 9:26 a.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Sunday, 10:16 a.m., -0.6 feet, Twin Harbors.
Fly fishing: This is the best beginning to the searun cutthroat season many experts can remember. Numerous beaches are already putting out good numbers of fish. Look for the fish holding in current seams at the mouths of creeks.
South Sound: The salmon action has been slowly improving. People are catching blackmouth weighing 4-12 pounds off the slag pile, Owen Beach, clay banks and Point Dalco.