FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMarch 26, 2014 

LAKES

American: The kokanee and trout action has improved in the last week. Pink Gulp worms have been effective for rainbows, while kokanee anglers are trolling with a Sling Blade, followed by a maggot-tipped hoochie.

Chelan: Trolling in the early morning above the Chelan Yacht Club, from the 240-foot contour to 340-foot contour, or along the face of Manson Bay in water 180-265 feet deep is producing a nice number of lake trout. Trout fishing has been very good at the south end.

Merwin: Trout fishing has been fair, with boaters catching a few fish during each outing. Most people are trolling, using a corn-tipped hoochie behind a flasher.

Quincy Lakes: Fishing for trout has been fair to good. Anglers are hooking rainbows stripping streamers or suspending a fly under an indicator. While most fish have been about 12 inches long, some are approaching 20 inches.

Spencer: Success has been hit and miss. People are catching trout, many of them smaller, recently planted fish. Orange PowerBait fished a couple of feet off the bottom has been working. Be willing to change gear or tactics if the fish aren’t biting within 30 minutes.

St. Clair: Bass fishing is still on the slow side. Look for fish to be holding on the sunny side of points, in water 25-30 feet deep. Using green plastic worms on a drop-shot rig has been effective.

SALT WATER

Beaches: A lengthy razor clam dig opens Wednesday, and includes the first daytime low tides of the season. Digging is best an hour or two before low tide. Here are the dates and times for the low tide:

Wednesday: 3:52 p.m., 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors.

Thursday: 4:48 p.m., 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors.

Friday: 5:38 p.m., 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Saturday: 6:23 p.m., 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Sunday: 6:53 a.m., minus-0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Monday: 7:39 a.m., minus-0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Tuesday: 8:22 a.m., minus-0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

April 2: 9:05 a.m., minus-0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

April 3: 9:49 a.m., minus-0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Fly-fishing: Sea-run cutthroat trout action is beginning to gain some steam, and anglers are seeing more consistent catches. There is a good amount of chum fry available, as well as other baitfish.

Oak Harbor: Folks looking for something to do this weekend might want to make the drive and jig for smelt. The action has been very good, with many people catching their 10-pound limit.

South Sound: Salmon fishing remains slow.

RIVERS

Columbia: Water in the lower river is still turbid, but flows have dropped, so catch rates should improve as the water clears. Spring chinook catch rates remain very low, with boat anglers averaging 0.4 chinook per boat. The most action has been along the Portland to Westport, Ore., bank.

Cowlitz: Steelhead action has been fair at Blue Creek. Boat anglers are having success side-drifting with bait. Bank anglers have been using corkies and yarn to some degree of success.

Skookumchuck: People are catching a few steelhead, but the action overall has been slow. Some anglers are reporting having success using a jig under a bobber.

Wynoochee: Steelhead fishing has improved but is still slow. Try drifting a jig or pink worm under a bobber.

Yakima: Trout fishing has been fair. The upper river remains the best option, but the fish haven’t been cooperating as much as anglers would like. Try nymphing with stonefly patterns, or look for skwala adults on the surface.

Contributors: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, gamefishin.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, James Harrington at Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center, washingtonlakes.com. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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