Trout anglers will have more options to try when the lowland lake fishing season opens Saturday. As a bonus, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has stocked 80,000 catchable-size fish in lakes in Pierce, Thurston, King, Mason, Jefferson and Snohomish counties. Go to thenewstribune.com/adventure to read our season preview.
While an official update will be released April 3 on the Columbia River spring chinook fishery, there are some preliminary numbers. The fishery, which is scheduled to continue through April 5, is just getting underway in terms of catch. Seven percent of the expected catch is in hand, said Joe Hymer, state fishery biologist. Through March 17, an estimated 424 adult spring chinook were kept from nearly 21,000 angler trips. Expectations for the fishery include a kept catch of 6,100 adult springers from 63,500 angler trips.
Shrimp fishing season is set to begin May 4 and last a day to multiple weeks longer than usual, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week.
Saturday marks the opening of shrimp season across Puget Sound.
Whether you're looking for fish, shrimp or razor clams the opportunities are abundant this weekend.
With some changes to account for the pink salmon run later this summer, salmon fishing seasons in the South Sound are identical to last season.
I would imagine most folks are already on the water this morning because today is the opening of the lowland-lakes trout season. Slowly warming water temperatures, plus a good weather forecast should mean lots of folks will be out this weekend.