Big lake crowds expected for opening weekend

Fishing: Possibly last clam dig of season due to begin on Tuesday

April 30, 2011 

I would imagine most folks are already on the water this morning because today is the opening of the lowland-lakes trout season. Slowly warming water temperatures, plus a good weather forecast should mean lots of folks will be out this weekend.

Also, the state announced Friday three beaches will open next week for a razor-clam dig that could be the last of the season.

Long Beach and Twin Harbors are scheduled to be open Tuesday through May 8. Mocrocks Beach will also be open May 7-8.

No digging will be allowed on any of those beaches after noon. The low tide times are: Tuesday, 7:29 a.m.; Wednesday, 8:04 a.m.; Thursday, 8:40 a.m.; Friday, 9:18 a.m.; May 7, 10 a.m.; and May 8, 10:46 a.m.

LAKES

American: Trout action has been slowed by the weather earlier this week, said David Anderson at Bill’s Boathouse. Trolling slowly and shallow seems to produce some good catches of rainbow trout and some kokanee. Try a dodger with a Wedding Ring and worm.

Harts: Some trout are being caught, and the bass fishing is very good, said Carol Parsons at Harts Lake Resort. Two bass topped 7 pounds and another was 6 pounds. For the bass, try Rapala lures in green or purple.

Kapowsin: With the lake warmed up, trout have been very active. Try casting a spinner tipped with a bit of worm.

Offut: Fishing has improved along with the weather, said Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. Try using PowerBait or night crawlers from the dock, or spinners from boats. The resort’s opening weekend derby runs through Sunday.

Rattlesnake: This King County lake is fishing really well. Try using chironomids fished deep or size 10-12 sparkly green leech patterns.

Spanaway: A few folks caught limits of trout earlier this week.

Spencer: Fishing has been on the slow side, but people are still catching some nice rainbow trout. Try fishing a little deeper because of the colder water, said Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center.

RIVERS

Columbia: The number of adult chinook moving through the Bonneville Dam is on the rise. From Tuesday to Thursday 15,323 adult fish went through the fish passage, pushing the total for April to 19,995. The 2011 northern pikeminnow reward season starts Sunday here and on the Snake River. A bounty of up to $8 a fish will be paid. For more information, call 800-858-9015 or go to www.pikeminnow.org.

Cowlitz: Steelhead fishing has slowed down this week, but a few more spring chinook are being caught.

Yakima: The canyon is in good shape and the trout fishing has been very good, said a staffer at Red’s Fly Shop. In the afternoons, look for a March brown hatch. Try a split-wing Adams in sizes 12 or 14 and pheasant tail nymphs in size 14.

SALT WATER

Fly-fishing: Beach action has really dropped off, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. People are catching a few sea-run cutthroat trout, but action was slowed by the large tidal changes.

Puget Sound: Ling cod season opens Sunday and will run through June 15. The limit is one fish that must be within the slot limit of 26 inches minimum to a maximum length of 36 inches.

South Sound: Today is the last day to fish in Marine Areas 11, 12 and 13. A few fish are being caught off the clay banks and Point Dalco. The deep South Sound has been very slow.

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

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