"All was good until we got the rain this week," said Tom Bolender of Fishy Business in west Olympia. "Fishing was good in the Wynoochee, but like everything else is pretty much blown out right now. If the weather holds, we should be fishing by Friday."
Before the rains came, reports came in that the lower Kalama River was fishing well using heavy sink tips. A few jig anglers also reported good catches using peach and pink color schemes.
Cutthroat fishing is getting better and better, Bolender said. Anglers fishing a few beaches have reported catching good numbers of fish ranging anywhere from 10 to 18 inches. Both Clouser Minnow and Conehead Muddler Minnows have been working. "Catching fish in the 10-inch range is probably a good indication that some of the sea-runs that went up stream to spawn are starting to head back into the salt," Bolender said.
The nicer days have started to bring some of the lake anglers out of the woodwork, Bolender said. Multiple reports have come in saying the fishing is starting to warm up. Offut Lake is a good place to start, Bolender said.
Wooly buggers and dragonfly nymphs are the flies of choice, but don't discount the possibility of a chironomid hatch either, Bolender said.
Lake Nahwatzel is another place that some rainbows in the 18-inch range have recently been caught. The fly that hooked up best was the Stillwater Stimulator.
- Bob Brown for The Olympian