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Fishing: Children get to fish, and get their own rod and reel, at Fish-in on April 16

April 6, 2011 

The Lacey Kids Fish-in is coming to Long’s Pond at Woodland Creek Community Park on April 16.

In addition to the chance to catch a fish, each participant will get a rod and reel to keep.

The event, for children ages 5-14, will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at a cost of $5 per child. Register with Lacey Parks and Recreation by Friday by calling 360-491-0857.

Elsewhere, Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches will open Thursday to Saturday for razor clam digs. The low-tide times are Thursday at 9:37 a.m. (0.1 feet), Friday at 10:19 a.m. (0.2 feet) and Saturday at 11.07 a.m. (0.4 feet). No digging will be allowed after noon.

RIVERS

Columbia: During the first three days of the month the 3,074 anglers sampled in the lower river had 124 chinook and five steelhead. Boat anglers averaged a chinook kept/released per every 22.3 rods. A couple of chinook were caught off the bank at Bonneville and between Vancouver and Woodland, said a state report. A few legal-size sturgeon were caught by boat anglers between Vancouver and Kalama as well as in the Dalles Pool. Bass fishing has been very good in John Day Pool

Cowlitz: Fishing is OK. There are some reports of nice winter-run steelhead being taken, mostly by boaters pulling divers with coon shrimp or side-drifting eggs, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. Bank anglers are catching a few around Blue Creek with corkies and yarn, bobber and jig or sand shrimp.

Olympic Coast: The rivers are still a bit high but should be in good shape by the weekend, said Curt Reed at Waters West. Try the lower Sol Duc, Bogachiel and Hoh.

Yakima: The lower river was not fishable as of Tuesday morning, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop. The water is expected to clear by the end of the week, but anglers are cautioned to expect high water flows throughout the spring.

LAKES

Chelan: Trolling over the indeterminate flat between the Bar and Minneapolis Beach has been the best bet for lake trout, said Anton Jones at Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. The fish have been stuffed with kokanee, a sign that fishing for kokanee should be good this year.

East side: Action at early-season lakes like Martha has dropped off as the fish have been caught, but places like Burke and Quincy are fishing well, said Pat Devney of Pat’s Atomic Fly Shop. He said Lenore has been slow. The action, overall, seems to be about two weeks behind schedule because of cold weather, Devney said.

Potholes: Bass fishing, for both smallmouth and largemouth, is picking up. Try around Goose Island for smallies, and back among the dunes, where the water is warmer, for largemouth.

Riffe: It’s still producing some silvers, but anglers need to change the depth of their bait until they find the fish. Cocktail shrimp and night crawlers are working best.

Swofford: This pond near Mossyrock was stocked recently with 5,824 brown trout.

SALT WATER

Hood Canal: Anglers at the north end are catching some blackmouth, just not a lot. There were 57 anglers checked at the Misery Point boat ramp, and they totaled 10 fish.

Sekiu: If you want to get in some good blackmouth fishing, this might be the place. Anglers are catching plenty of fish, many weighing in the mid-teens, said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center. Better hurry, however, because the area closes Sunday.

Tacoma: Slow, slow and slower. That’s the best way to describe the action in the last week.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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