Fishing Report for March 12

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMarch 12, 2014 

A row of anglers on the Nisqually River



American: The kokanee action has been fair, with some fish being caught. Look for the fish to be holding 15-25 feet deep. People are having success trolling a dodger trailed by a pearlescent or pink splatterback UV hoochie.

Black: Trout fishing has been fair to good, with some fish topping 15 inches long. People are using orange, lemon lime and fluorescent yellow Power Eggs. Fish above the bottom on a leader about 2.5 feet long.

Eastside: This might be a good chance to hit these lakes, thanks to sunny and warmer weather this week. People fly-fishing have been having luck using micro leeches, as well as chironomids.

Spencer: Trout action has been fair to good, with people reporting success using fluorescent yellow or flame orange Power Eggs, fished off the bottom on a 2-foot leader. The action has been slowed a bit by high water levels because of all the recent rain.

Washington: Anglers pursuing largemouth bass will likely have to wait for the water to warm some, perhaps by the weekend. The fish are holding deep right now.


Columbia: Water levels are high and salmon and steelhead catch rates are low. The best sturgeon fishing has been in the Bonneville Pool, where the weekly check showed seven legal white sturgeon kept, plus one over-size and 144 sublegal sturgeon released for 111 bank anglers.

Cowlitz: Fishing has been fair at best. State creel checks showed 35 boat anglers with one adult spring chinook and 12 steelhead kept and one steelhead released; 20 bank anglers kept one hatchery steelhead.

smelt: Saturday was another good day for dipping on the Cowlitz, with most 10-pound limits caught in a few dips or less. Fish were reported upstream to Blue Creek. Fish also are reported in the North Fork Lewis River and upstream to Vancouver in the mainstem Columbia. No more recreational fisheries are currently scheduled.

Olympic Coast: River conditions should improve through the rest of the week and be in really good shape by the end of the week. Fishing was good before this last rush of high water, so anglers should expect the steelhead action to be good.

Rocky Ford: Fly-anglers are having luck casting scuds toward cruising fish or into blind seam lines. While mini-leeches also are a good pattern.

Wind River: Fishing from the mouth (boundary line markers) upstream to the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge will be open Sunday-July 31. The daily catch limit will be two chinook or two hatchery steelhead or one of each. Anglers with a two-pole endorsement may fish with two poles for salmon and steelhead May 1-June 30.

Wynoochee: The river is twice as high as you would want to fish successfully. It is similar for other rivers in the area.

Yakima: The river is still quite high, 5,870 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning, but the water coloring has improved. This will be a wait-and-see option for the weekend.


North Sound: People have been catching some blackmouth in the San Juan Islands, off Possession Point and off Port Townsend. While the action is far from red-hot, those have been some of the most consistent area for catching a salmon.

South Sound: Salmon fishing has been very slow. Anglers are having to cover a lot of water to hook a blackmouth here and there. Most people are trolling a flasher with a hoochie or small spoon.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop,, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Dave Steinbaugh at Waters West, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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