This will be a busy weekend, with the start of the lowland lakes trout season Saturday, the closing of salmon fishing off Tacoma on Saturday and the opening of lingcod season Sunday.
This year's South Sound recreational salmon fishing seasons will be nearly identical to last year's.
Anglers who have fished the Columbia River know firsthand, but a state report said this year's catch rate is the lowest since at least 2000. Through Sunday, just 659 adult chinook had been counted at Bonneville Dam. Last year 7,148 fish had been counted at this time. The recent 10-year average is 16,764.
If you have the urge to go fishing, do so before the rains return tonight as predicted. The local lakes that are open have been producing good catches of trout. River fishing is a little trickier because many are still high.
The Lacey Kids Fish-in is coming to Long's Pond at Woodland Creek Community Park on April 16.
The Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches will be open for razor clam digging Thursday through April 9. No digging will be allowed after noon. The low tide times are: Thursday, 9:37 a.m. (0.1 feet); Friday, 10:19 a.m. (0.2 feet); and April 9, 11:07 a.m. (0.4 feet).
It seems as though the rain has not greatly affected the river fishing. There are reports of better fishing from the Cowlitz, and the Olympic Peninsula remains a hot spot for steelhead.
The state has planted a number of rainbow trout in lakes in Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Kitsap and Grays Harbor counties to offer spring-break fishing opportunities. Here is the plan:
The reports from lakes on the east and west side of the mountains shows the water is warming up and so is the action. That news, and cooperating weather, would make a trip to a favorite lake worthwhile this week.
Anglers must purchase a 2011-12 fishing license before current licenses expire at midnight March 31.