American: The action for rainbow trout and kokanee has been very slow.
Angle: It might be worth the time to visit this lake near SeaTac International Airport. People are catching rainbow trout off the dock with small pieces of shrimp under a bobber, while others are trolling with a green spotted Dick Nite spoon behind a dodger.
Harts: The lake was stocked Tuesday with 4,000 rainbow trout, each weighing about one-third of a pound.
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Kapowsin: The state planted 15,000 rainbows in the lake earlier this week, all weighing about one-third of a pound.
Offut: People are catching some brown and rainbow trout. Try trolling an orange Wedding Ring tipped with an orange Power Egg, pulled behind a dodger.
Potholes: The walleye fishing has been fair to good. Some limits are being caught. Most people are using blade baits.
Spanaway: People are starting to catch some rainbow trout. Still fishing using worms the southeast side of the lake is producing trout 12-14 inches long. Trout anglers are catching a few fish, many measuring 14 inches.
Spencer: The lake and others in the area have been fishing well for trout. People still fishing are having the best success. They are using Power Bait, Power Eggs or nightcrawlers. If you want to troll, does so really slow with a dark woolly bugger or Carey Special right on the bottom.
Washington: Anglers are catching a mix of cutthroat trout and yellow perch, just not in large numbers. Look for trout holding 25-40 feet down.
Olympic Coast: Improved river conditions meant improved catch rates on Forks-area rivers. State creel checks Feb. 19-21 showed the best catch results on the Sol Duc, with 190 anglers catching a total of 112 steelhead, including 104 wild fish. The Calawah is another good option. Eggs and sand shrimp have been effective where allowed, or artificial worms in pink are working.
Yakima: River conditions and flows continued to improve during the week, meaning there should be some good trout fishing this weekend. With water levels still high for this time of year, try San Juan worms and skwala nymphs drifted through slower water.
Wynoochee: The steelhead fishing has been good throughout the river. Some anglers have noted they are already catching some spawned out fish. People are bottom bouncing with eggs or sand shrimp, or drifting jigs under a bobber.
Clams: A razor clam dig continues through March 10 at Long Beach on evening low tides. No digging is allowed before noon.
North Sound: The winter chinook fishing has been slow to fair in the San Juan Islands and farther south. Danny Davis of Anacortes won the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby. His 20-pound, 7-ounce blackmouth earned him the $10,000 first-place prize. Davis’ winning fish topped the second-place fish by more than five pounds.
South Sound: Salmon fishing from Tacoma to Olympia remains slow. The best action has been near the Skokomish boat ramp.
Contributors: Carolyn Burdick at MarDon Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Evening Hatch, Creekside Angling Co., steelheaduniversity.com, salmonuniversity.com, northwestfishingreports.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640