Fishing Report for March 19

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMarch 19, 2014 

RIVERS

Olympic Coast: Steelhead fishing was very good Saturday but came to a halt Sunday because flows got too high. Anglers on the Calawah and Sol Duc were averaging about one wild fish caught per person. With flows dropping to near normal levels, this would be a good time to hit the rivers.

Rocky Ford: Trout action in the creek has been fair to good. While lots of people will cast a Woolly Bugger, scud or leeches, sometimes trying something different will work. One angler reported success with a green chironomid with a brass bead head.

Skookumchuck: A few steelhead are being caught, but they have been recycled from the hatchery and most are dark.

Wynoochee: Even though river flows have been up and down in the past week, people are catching a few steelhead, including some bright fish. Sand shrimp seems to have been the most effective bait.

Yakima: The upper river, above the Teanaway River, has been the best option, but conditions seem to be changing from day to day. San Juan worms or medium-size stonefly nymphs fished under an indicator have been effective.

SALT WATER

Beaches: The state announced a number of season dates for beaches in the region. Here is a quick look:

 • North Bay (Case Inlet near Victor and Allyn): The sport clam and oyster season will be delayed until June 1. Digging will be allowed through July 31.

 • Potlatch State Park: The opening of the sport clam and oyster season will be delayed until July 1, and run through Aug. 31. This includes Potlatch DNR Tidelands.

 • Sequim Bay State Park: The sport clam season will open April 1 and remain open until further notice.

 • South Indian Island County Park: The sport clam and oyster season will be delayed until July 1. Once open, the beach near Port Townsend will remain open until further notice.

North Sound: Anglers had some success off Port Angeles, in the San Juan Islands and the waters around Oak Harbor.

South Sound: Salmon fishing remains slow overall, but there were a couple of blackmouth brought in last weekend at Tacoma ramps checked by the state. They were the first fish checked by the state since Feb. 28. People are having to put a lot of time in and cover a lot of water to find the fish. In the Olympia area, only one angler was checked last weekend, and that person came back empty-handed.

LAKES

American: A few rainbow trout are being caught, but the action overall has been just fair. Most people are trolling a pink dodger trailed by a pink hoochie tipped with a worm. Some people are putting on split shot to get the gear deeper.

Black: The lake is giving up consistent catches of trout measuring around 15 inches, just not a lot of fish overall. Green Power Eggs are proving to be effective.

Lawrence: Trout fishing on this Thurston County lake was good over the weekend. Some anglers were taking home limits. Most productive method is trolling an orange Wedding Ring tipped with a worm.

Potholes: Walleye fishing has been good to very good as the fish seem to be in prespawn locations among the shallow humps midlake. Some fishermen are reporting success using a half-ounce blade bait in silver or trolling with a jointed stick bait.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com, gamefishin.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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