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Fishing report: Lowland lake season opens Saturday, fishing good at year-round

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on April 26, 2013 at 11:16 am with No Comments »
April 26, 2013 11:16 am

Saturday is the opening of the lowland lake trout fishing season, and some people will be on the water at 12:01 a.m. If you do plan to head out, 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 pinl dodger also is effective.

Nunnally: The 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: The 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.


Columbia: In the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools, bank anglers are catching some spring chinook. Sturgeon fishing below Bonneville Dam has been very slowm while in The Dalles and John Day pools bBoat anglers are catching some legal-size sturgeon.

Cowlitz: Some spring chinook and steelhead are being caught throughout the river though not in large numbers. The salmon fishing seems best at the barrier dam.

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.

Salt water

Fly fishing: The fishing for searun cutthroat trout has been very good lately. Chum fry imitations are working best. Look for fish holding around points and rock structure during tidal changes.

South Sound: The 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, they must measure over 26 inches and less than 36 inches. Also, shrimping in Marine Area 11 opens May 4 and 8th from 7 a..m-3 p.m. Marine Area 13 will be open daily beginning May 4 at 7 a.m. The season closes May 31.

Westport: The 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-poound lingcod.

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