Fishing Report for March 29

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMarch 29, 2014 

LAKES

Kitsap: The lake has been producing consistent limits of rainbow trout. Some people have been using 3-inch Berkley Crawlers in natural, orange and brown, and chartreuse and black.

Lawrence: Trout fishing has been fair. People are having some success trolling with a green flatfish behind a small dodger.

Nahwatzel: This and other nearby lakes have been planted recently and are fishing well. Use PowerBait and night crawlers, or troll with a Wedding Ring or Smiley Blade Fly.

Seep lakes: These lakes below O’Sullivan Dam, except Warden Lake, will open for fishing Tuesday. Hutchinson and Shiner lakes produce some rainbow trout, walleye, yellow perch, crappie, bluegill and bass. Another good option for perch, bluegill and bass is Hampton Lake.

RIVERS

Columbia: A lot of anglers are on the lower river, but they are catching just a few spring chinook. Last week, the state sampled 1,360 anglers, who had eight adult spring chinook and three steelhead. Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing in the Woodland area was very good, while people are catching some legal-size fish in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Cowlitz: The action is picking up, based on creel samples. A check of 161 boat anglers showed they kept 115 steelhead and released three, while 122 bank anglers kept three spring chinook and released one, and kept 25 steelhead and released two.

Lewis: The action on the mainstem and the North Fork has been slow for steelhead. Both remain closed for spring chinook.

Methow: Steelhead fishing from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop will close one hour after sunset Monday.

Olympic Coast: This could be a good weekend to hit the rivers around Forks, as long as there wasn’t too much rain Friday. Steelhead fishing was very good last weekend, with anglers averaging more than one fish per person on the Sol Duc and Calawah.

Wenatchee: Steelhead fishing from the mouth to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam, will close one hour after sunset Monday.

Wynoochee: Anglers have been catching more wild steelhead than hatchery fish this week, but there just aren’t a lot of fish coming in, here or the Satsop. Try side-drifting eggs or a jig under a bobber.

SALT WATER

Beaches: A razor clam dig continues through Thursday, and Sunday will be the first dig on a morning low tide. Digging is best an hour or two before low tide. The dates and times for the low tide: 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; Wednesday, 9:05 a.m., minus-0.6 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach; and Thursday, 9:49 a.m., minus-0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Hood Canal: After the dirty water cleared out, the baitfish have moved back in, at least in the north end. As a result, blackmouth fishing has improved. Very little action to speak of in the south end.

North Sound: Blackmouth action has been fair in the Everett area and in the San Juan Islands. Try a Silver Horde spoon in splatterback green with a red stripe behind a flasher. The fish have been feeding on candlefish, according to reports.

South Sound: The salmon action remains very slow. Longtime anglers expect the fishing to improve as we get into April. Look for fish in water 140-180 feet deep.

Westport: Charter boats have been coming back with good catches of ling cod and rockfish, including some limits.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Westport Charter Boat Association, washingtonlakes.com, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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