Fishing Report for March 15

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMarch 15, 2014 

SALT WATER

Coast: Ling cod fishing opened Saturday in marine areas 1-3. The minimum size is 22 inches, and the daily limit is two fish. Check the regulations on catch limits in marine areas 1 and 2. The season will open in Marine Area 4 on April 16, with some restrictions.

Fly fishing: The action has been fair to good for searun cutthroat trout. The action should pick up as the weather improves. Try using baitfish patterns because the chum fry are starting to migrate out of streams. Remember, searun cutthroat must be released.

South Sound: Some blackmouth are being caught, but the poor weather has kept most people ashore. Try trolling a flasher with a spoon or artificial squid in water 140-170 feet deep in the Quartermaster Harbor area and out in front of the Point Defiance Marina. In the Olympia area, few people have been on the water, and they have had little luck.

RIVERS

Columbia: The action for spring chinook has been thwarted by high river flows and cold water temperatures. The river flow, measured by a gauge near Quincy, Ore., was 500,000 cubic feet per second. That is twice the normal flow for this time of year.

Cowlitz: River levels are very high, and visibility is 11/2-2 feet. A few steelhead are being caught at Blue Creek, but overall the action has been slow.

Olympic Coast: Some large steelhead are being caught when river conditions allow. The forecast calls for an inch of rain in the Forks area Saturday.

Wynoochee: A few folks hit the river midweek and reported high but fishable water. A few steelhead were being hooked, mainly on pink worms or side-drifting eggs.

Yakima: The upper river near Cle Elum remains the best option. The canyon stretch might be fishable this weekend but not optimal. Fish a pink San Juan worm on the slow side of the seams where the water is moving at walking speed.

LAKES

American: People are catching a few fish, mostly rainbow trout. Trolling with a pink or rainbow dodger trailed by a pink mini hoochie tipped with corn has been producing hits. Reports indicate the best action has been along the west side of the island. The kokanee action has been slowed by cold water temperatures.

Burke: The trout action on this eastside lake has been fair but consistent. Fly anglers are hooking rainbows on small damselfly nymphs. Shore anglers are using pink or rainbow Power Eggs fished 2-3 feet off the bottom. Most of the fish were 11-14 inches long.

Kapowsin: The lake received a large plant of rainbow trout Monday, with 20,500 fish stocked. There were 2.5 fish per pound.

Kitsap: The lake has been fishing well the past couple of weeks, fueled by a plant of 4,828 rainbow trout that weighed an average of 0.75 pounds.

Lawrence: Thurston County anglers might want to consider trying the lake as it was stocked twice this week. The state planted it with 10,125 trout. There were 2.5 fish per pound.

Munn: The lake has been fishing well and should get better. A lot of people are fishing with chironomids, or you can do well with olive woolly buggers or leeches.

Spencer: This lake has fished well all winter, and it should continue to do so as the water warms up. The lake was stocked Monday with 200 cutthroat trout weighing almost 1 pound each.

Contributors: Washingtonlakes.com, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Marina, steelheaduniversity.com, Zittel’s Marina, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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