Don’t forget, Saturday is the start of the lowland lake trout season. Hundreds of lakes will open statewide, including popular South Sound lakes such as Silver, Long, Limerick and the Clear lakes in Pierce and Thurston counties. Remember, there will be lots of fellow anglers out there trying to catch fish and have a good time too. Pack your patience along with all your other gear, and give everyone room to fish. For up-to-date information on stocking your favorite lake, go to wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly.
May 2 will be the seventh annual Point Defiance Marina Ling Cod Derby. The derby will run from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. The headquarter is Point Defiance Marina, 5912 N. Waterfront Dr., Tacoma. The cost is $15 per angler.
AMERICAN: The best action these days seems to be for smallmouth bass. Anglers are reporting having success casting plastic grubs, tubes and worms along the docks at the north end.
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HARTS: Dock anglers are catching some perch and bass, as well as a few trout. Most people are using yellow PowerBait or Power Eggs.
SPENCER: The lake has been producing good catches of rainbow trout, including some holdover fish measuring about 18 inches long. Some people are still fishing with pink PowerBait, and others are trolling with chartreuse Wedding Rings tipped with worms.
POTHOLES: The action for smallmouth bass has improved along the face of the dam, with some fish weighing up to 6 pounds. For walleye, concentrate on the Crab Creek area and Lind Coulee arm.
COWLITZ: People targeting spring chinook are having success back-trolling in the deep holes Kwikfish K14 or K15 lures, or Spin N Glos with eggs.
OLYMPIC COAST: As the season winds down, there has still been some good action for wild steelhead. Based on state creel samples, the best bets in the last week have been on the Sol Duc and Calawah. The numbers aren’t large, but the average has been close to a steelhead per person.
YAKIMA: Fishing has been good to very good. Conditions have been right for good hatches of mayflies and caddis, resulting in good dry fly action.
CLAMS: The next razor clam dig is scheduled for May 2-3 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks. The low tides will be at 6:23 a.m. May 2 and 6:59 a.m. May 3.
SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing in the area remains slow. Those fish being caught are weighing 6 to 14 pounds. The most productive area has been the shelf between the Point Defiance Marina and Point Dalco during the tidal changes. Trolling with flashers and spoons, and jigging have been effective.
WESTPORT: When boats have been able to get out, they have been consistently catching limits of rockfish and near limits of lingcod. Some of the lingcod have been weighing 30 pounds or more. Poor conditions, however, kept boats in the harbor much of this week.