Saturday marks the opening of shrimp season across Puget Sound.
Marine Area 11, from the northern tip of Vashon Island to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, is open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday only.
The Hood Canal shrimp district will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and May 11, 14 and 25. Additional dates and times may be announced if sufficient quota remains.
The area south of the Narrows bridge will be open daily beginning Saturday at 7 a.m. The season will close on May 31.
As for the start of the lowland lakes trout season Saturday, anglers in Thurston County seemed to fare better than in Pierce County. The state checked anglers at eight lakes in each county. The average catch in Thurston County was 2.70 fish per person, while in Pierce County it was 1.82.
Aldrich (Mason): Anglers kept an average of 4.6 fish per person on opening day, the best result in the county.
Clear: Anglers caught 194 fish on opening day, the most in Pierce County. For the day, anglers caught 1.96 fish per person. Most anglers had at least one large fish in their catch, said a state report.
Deep: This lake had the best opening-day average in Thurston County. There were 4.17 fish caught per angler
Long (Thurston): A lot of anglers hit the water very early Saturday. A state report said many people caught their limits quickly and were gone by 7:30 a.m. The average catch was 3.63 fish per person.
McIntosh: Of the Thurston County lakes where creel checks were done, this lake produced the most fish. Anglers caught 236 trout Saturday – 3.06 fish per person. Several topped 20 inches.
Mission (Kitsap): Anglers kept 3.5 fish per person on opening day.
Panther (Kitsap): This lake had a catch rate of 3.6 fish kept per angler on opening day.
Tanwax: This lake had the best average catch among Pierce County lakes, with 2.44 fish per person taken home on opening day.
South Sound: Marine Area 13, south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, is open for salmon through June 30. Chinook must be at least 22 inches long to be kept. The daily limit is two, but all wild chinook must be released. Ling cod fishing has been fair since the season opened Sunday, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse. There were three ling cod checked at Narrows Marina (37 anglers) and five at Zittel’s Marina (36 anglers).
Columbia: Some legal-size sturgeon are being caught in the Vancouver area. In the Dalles Pool, boat anglers averaged just under three walleye kept and six bass kept/released per rod.
Cowlitz: Anglers are catching spring chinook in the lower river and at the barrier dam, while steelhead are primarily being caught at the trout hatchery, said a state report. Flows at Mayfield Dam are still on the high side, just over 12,000 cfs Tuesday morning.
Lewis: Effort continues to be light. Some spring chinook were reported caught at the mouth. As of Monday, a total of 21 adult spring chinook have returned to the Merwin Dam trap.
Yakima: Trout fishing has been OK but is showing signs of improving. On cloudy days, look for hatches of March browns, and caddis flies on sunny days, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop. Your best chances for dry-fly action are in the afternoon.
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