jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comApril 5, 2014 


Bradley: This small lake might be worth a try this weekend. It was planted Tuesday with 100 rainbow trout averaging 1.5 pounds each.

Chelan: The kokanee fishing is a little on the slow side. The bite has been best in the morning, before the sun hits the water. Try trolling fairly deep with an orange mini Cha Cha Squidder, behind a 00 or 0000 dodger. Tipping the Squidder with Pautzke’s Fire Corn helps.

Munn: The lake has been fishing well. Chironomid anglers are still having luck, but streamers such as a micro leech in black or olive have been equally effective.

Nahwatzel: The trout fishing has been fair to good, with some limits being caught. Try a pair of Power Eggs fished 4-5 feet off the bottom.

Offut: Some limits of trout are being caught, with some trout measuring 18 inches long. Most anglers fishing for rainbows are using a piece of worm with some Power Bait on a leader 18-36 inches long. Trolling a Wedding Ring with a piece of worm is picking up recently planted cutthroat trout.

Spanaway: The lake was planted with thousands of rainbow trout Thursday. The fish are holding in the northern end of the lake. Try casting a spinner or using a fly to catch those near the surface.

Tapps: The fishing for smallmouth bass and tiger muskie has been slow. Some fish are being caught, but in very shallow water in the middle of the lake. With water levels still down, there is not a lot of access to fishing along the docks and shore.

Washington: The cutthroat trout action has been a bit slow. The fish being caught are hitting cut-plug herring.


Fly fishing: The searun cutthroat action has been fair to good. There are a decent number of fish being caught, but anglers are having to move from spot to spot to catch them. Chum fry and some pink fry are in the water, so small baitfish patterns are effective.

South Sound: A few blackmouth weighing up to 8 pounds were caught this week, when the weather allows. Overall, the salmon fishing is slow. The fish being caught are hitting a trolled flasher and spoon or squid south of the slag pile and towards Point Defiance. Fish are being caught about 10 feet off the bottom in water 120-160 feet deep.

Westport: The fishing has been slow because the weather has kept many charter boats in port the past two weekends. When they can get out, anglers are coming home with black rockfish and ling cod.


Columbia: The spring chinook action has improved slightly, but it’s fair at best. In the main stem below Bonneville Dam last week, the state checked 1,378 anglers who had caught 122 adult spring chinook and two steelhead. The state announced Friday that anglers will get at least six more days to catch spring chinook below the dam. Sport fishing will remain open through April 14 in the lower river, except for a one-day closure Tuesday. The initial season was scheduled to close Monday.

Olympic Coast: The steelhead fishing has been decent earlier this week. The action has been spread out among the Forks-area rivers.

Yakima: There have been plenty of adult skwalas on the water, but the trout don’t seem to be holding in typical spots because of fishing pressure. Look for them holding in smaller seams. Also, if skwala patterns aren’t working, switch to smaller dry flies such as a Split Wing Adams.

Contributors: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, state Department of Fish and Wildlife,,, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Bob Gooding at Olympic Sporting Goods, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Offut Lake Resort, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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