• Saturday and Sunday are Free Fishing Weekend in the state, so no fishing license is required.
• Salmon fishing in the Tacoma area showing some improvement.
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• Westport salmon fishing is off to a good start.
CLEAR (Pierce) : Look for kokanee holding about 30 feet down. People are catching some limits, but it is taking time and patience.
LOST: The lake was stocked with more than 250 broodstock trout for the weekend. Still-fishing has been the most productive method.
OFFUT: Trout fishing has been very good, with people catching some fish weighing 2-3 pounds. Most people are using worms floated with PowerBait off the bottom. Others are trolling slowly with a Wedding Ring or Roostertail.
POTHOLES AREA: Fishing back in the dunes has been producing plenty for largemouth bass. Nearby lakes such as Warden, Canal, Heart and Windmill are producing limits of rainbow trout, with people using PowerBait. Boat anglers on Soda Lake are catching limits of walleye.
RATTLESNAKE: Beginning an hour before sunrise Saturday , anglers will be allowed to keep five trout with no size restriction. The state said there are enough planted fish to allow for the change, which will run through Sept. 30 when catch-and-release rules will go back into effect. Selective rules are still in place. The fishing is fair to good.
SPENCER: Trout fishing has been very good. People are using PowerBait and worms or trolling with a Wedding Rings. Others are drifting with a night crawler and a single red bead.
COLUMBIA: Shad counts have ranged from 18,800-53,200 this week, making for much better fishing opportunities.
OLYMPIC COAST: The Sol Duc has been fair for spring chinook. The Bogachiel and Calawah open Saturday and will be good early-summer options.
YAKIMA: River flows have stabilized after rising quickly Monday. If the water is off color, try using a size 6 brown Pat’s stonefly about 3 feet under an indicator. Look for trout holding among the rocks or in the slick water behind rocks.
NORTH SOUND: Phil Flanders of Ocean View, Hawaii, won the $5,000 first-place check in the recent Port Angeles Halibut Derby, landing a 143-pounder. Joe Wiehman of Olympia took seventh ($800) with a 64.3-pound fish. Josh Keene of Bonney Lake took 19th ($240) with a 47.5-pound halibut.
SOUTH SOUND: People are catching some salmon in the 7- to 17-pound range off Point Defiance. Trolling with a plug or a hoochie behind a flasher has been effective. The clay banks and Point Dalco have produced the best results. Trolling a flasher with a spoon or hoochie about 10 feet off the bottom in water 120-150 feet deep has been working well. People are reporting catch limits of crab in Marine Area 13, but it is taking some time.
WESTPORT: The best salmon fishing has been just north of Willapa Bay in water 125-140 feet deep. Hoochies and spoons have been more effective than bait.