Beaches: A razor clam dig is underway and will run through Monday on some beaches. Twin Harbors is open for digging through Monday. Long Beach and Mocrocks is open through Sunday. Copalis is open Saturday. All digs are scheduled on the evening tide, and no digging is allowed before noon. Evening low tides are at 6:32 (Saturday), 7:13 (Sunday) and 7:53 (Monday).
North Sound: Salmon fishing has been on the slow side. It seems as if the fish are spread out, meaning it takes time to find them.
South Sound: A few more blackmouth are being caught in recent days, especially on the tide change. One method that seems to be working, because it mimics large candlefish, is to bounce your downrigger off the bottom, with a flasher running off the ball so that the flasher will occasionally hit the bottom. Use that with Coho Killers or large plug cut herring with the belly removed.
Columbia: Salmon and sturgeon fishing have been slow.
Cowlitz: The first spring chinook returned to the hatchery Wednesday. Saturday is the last day of smelt dipping. While no smelt have been caught here, some fish were caught Thursday and Friday during commercial fisheries on the Columbia.
Olympic Coast: The rivers are in good shape, at least for now, and there seem to be more steelhead in the systems. The Sol Duc is a good bet right now, and the Hoh would be another good choice this weekend.
Skookumchuck: Fishing was slow early this week, mainly because of poor water conditions. If there’s not too much rain this weekend, fishing should improve as the water quality improves.
Wynoochee: Despite good water conditions, fishing has been slow. There also are plenty of fishermen on the water.
Yakima: The fly-fishing action is showing signs of improving as the water has warmed up. Try drifting Skwala nymphs through the soft slow seam lines at the edge of deeper pools.
American: Anglers are catching some limits of rainbow trout.
Chelan: Fishing is improving for all three main species. Trolling along the trench is producing lake trout, while people trolling the edges are hooking kokanee. Fishing from shore in the lower lake is producing good catches of rainbow trout.
Lone: Fly-anglers should try a maroon leech fished fairly close to shore, where the water is warmer. Look for trout holding in water 5-10 feet deep on sunny days.
Potholes: People are using swim jigs in water 50-60 feet deep around Goose Island to catch limits of walleye. Perch anglers are catching lots of fish on Swedish Pimples tipped with night crawlers, maggots or perch meat.Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tom Pollack at Sportco, salmonuniversity.com, gamefishin.com, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, Ron Harbin at MarDon Resort, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Curt Reed at Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters, washingtonflyfishing.com. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org thenewstribune.com/adventure