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The short version: Fishing isn’t good, at least locally.

Some opportunities do exist, however, in the region’s rivers. The Kalama and upper Columbia, in particular, have been hot the past week.


Tacoma: Fishing is a little slow – nobody has seen much of anything, said staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina.

South Sound: Fishing has been very slow since the opener, said staff at Narrows Marina Bait & Tackle.

North Sound: Blackmouth fishing is fair at best, said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center near Lynnwood. A few nice fish in the 7- to 13-pound range have been taken.


Columbia: Boat anglers are catching a few spring chinook on the lower mainstem from the I-5 bridge downstream, according to a report from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Staff at Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service report steelhead are biting on baited jigs on the upper Columbia. Bank and boat anglers are catching fish in The Dalles pool and the John Day pool.

Kalama: The river is in great shape, and lots of fish are being taken, said Barbara Orzel at Pritchard’s Western Angler. Sunday, in particular, was “just hotter than heck,” Orzel said. Presentation is key – it doesn’t seem to matter what you use so much as how you use it.

Cowlitz: The bite is fair, said Karen Glaser at Barrier Dam Campground Tackle Shop in Salkum. There’s a good mix of late winter-run steelhead and early spring chinook.

Olympic coast: Fishing “ain’t spectacular,” but the rivers are all in pretty good shape, said Bob Gooding at Olympic Sporting Goods. The Soleduck is probably your best bet right now.

Wynoochee: The river is blown out, said Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center in Shelton.

Yakima: The water temperature is about 42 degrees and things are starting to pick up, said the staff at Red’s Fly Shop. Try either Pat’s stonefly nymphs or caddis nymphs.


American: Fishing has been very slow recently, said the staff at Bill’s Boathouse. There have been only a few fish caught.

Chelan: Deepwater trolling for lake trout continues to be productive, according to a report from Darrell and Dad’s.

Alder: A few people went out last weekend, and a couple of kokanee were caught, but the lake is down so things are slow, said Chuck Parks at Alder Lake Groceries. You can, however, still get a small boat in the lake. Nobody has been trying for bass recently.

Pass: Some decent fishing for trout up to 18 inches, Chamberlain said.

Eastern Washington: Some good reports from the openers, Chamberlain said. One angler went to Lenice Lake and the smallest fish he returned with was 18 inches.