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Alder: Fishing has been fair to good for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Work the shorelines that have a number of stumps to find the fish.
American: Kokanee fishing is fair to good, with some limits being caught. People are trolling maggot-tipped lures behind pink dodgers. The fish are 12-14 inches long.
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.
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.
This will be a busy weekend, with the start of the lowland lakes trout season Saturday, the closing of salmon fishing off Tacoma on Saturday and the opening of lingcod season Sunday.
This year's South Sound recreational salmon fishing seasons will be nearly identical to last year's.
Anglers who have fished the Columbia River know firsthand, but a state report said this year's catch rate is the lowest since at least 2000. Through Sunday, just 659 adult chinook had been counted at Bonneville Dam. Last year 7,148 fish had been counted at this time. The recent 10-year average is 16,764.
If you have the urge to go fishing, do so before the rains return tonight as predicted. The local lakes that are open have been producing good catches of trout. River fishing is a little trickier because many are still high.
The Lacey Kids Fish-in is coming to Long's Pond at Woodland Creek Community Park on April 16.
The Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches will be open for razor clam digging Thursday through April 9. No digging will be allowed after noon. The low tide times are: Thursday, 9:37 a.m. (0.1 feet); Friday, 10:19 a.m. (0.2 feet); and April 9, 11:07 a.m. (0.4 feet).
It seems as though the rain has not greatly affected the river fishing. There are reports of better fishing from the Cowlitz, and the Olympic Peninsula remains a hot spot for steelhead.