Here are the highlights from the fishing report that will run in Saturday’s Sports section.
With good weather in the forecast, there might be a lot of people at your favorite fishing hole. Remember to give each other some room and enjoy the Easter weekend.
The state has put some new fishing rules in place, as an emergency, while the permanent regulations approved in March by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission will take effect May 1.
American: The trout fishing has been fair, with the best action close to shore. People are having luck fishing green or yellow Power Eggs just off the bottom. Trolling has not been productive in the last few days.
Eastside: Monday is the opener for all of the lakes on the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, with the exception of Warden Lake which opens April 27. Gas motors are not allowed on any refuge lakes. While most are trout lakes, Hutchinson
Lake has quality crappie, bluegill and some largemouth bass up to 7 pounds.
Offut: The fishing has been fair, but it is improving as the water heats up. People are catching trout Power Bait fished off the bottom on a 3-foot leader. Others are trolling with a Triple Teaser or Wedding Ring.
Spanaway: The trout fishing has been good, especially for larger fish. Trolling the west bank 10-15 feet down with plugs has been hooking brown trout. Some dock anglers are casting Buzz Bombs in red or pink, with a jerky retrieve, to hook some large rainbow trout. Still fishing on the southeast side with Power Bait has produced some rainbow trout weighing up to 5 pounds.
Columbia: With lots of smelt in the river, the fishing has been on the slow side. Try methods like back trolling and back bouncing in 25-40 feet of water on the outgoing tide. The fish seem to be holding deep.
Cowlitz: The fishing has been fair, but people willing to put in their time are landing a chrome bright steelhead or two. An occasional spring chinook also is being brought to a net. Side drifting eggs or prawns or backtrolling plugs in travel lanes have been productive.
Yakima: The river has been fishing fair to good for trout. Work nymphs through the pools in the morning, then look for blue wing olives and March brown hatches in the afternoon. Water levels might rise with this weekend’s warm temperatures.
North Sound: The blackmouth action has been fair for the most part, with some fish up to 16 pounds being caught in the San Juan Islands. Point No Point and Baby Island also have been producing fish. The fish seem to be keying on candlefish. This weekend is the Anacortes salmon derby, sorry tickets are sold out, with a top prize of $15,000.