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 an 80,000 extra catchable-size fish in lakes in Pierce, Thurston, King, Mason, Jefferson and Snohomish counties. Go to our website to read our season preview.
Here are some of the reports that will appear in the fishing report in Wednesday’s Sports section.
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 crankbaitsin water about 15 feet deep.
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 structure 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 waters 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 like 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.