Fishing

State delays clam, oyster seasons at Hope Island State Park

The state has announced that the opening of clam and oyster harvest seasons at Hope Island State Park will be delayed until May 1.

Digging for clams and oysters was to open April 1 at the park in Mason County on Squaxin Passage, but surveys showed a decline in the population of butter clams, requiring a shorter season. The season this year will run May 1 through May 31.

Rivers

Columbia: The salmon fishing below Bonneville Dam remains on the slow side. The state sampled 1,103 boat anglers last week, and they had 86 adult chinook and three steelhead. Of the 196 bank anglers sampled, they had just one adult chinook and two steelhead. Sturgeon anglers in the Kalama area were catching some legals. It has been slow elsewhere.

Cowlitz: Anglers continue catching late winter-run steelhead and a few spring chinook. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 225 winter-run steelhead and 24 spring chinook adults during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Kalama: Anglers are catching some late winter-run steelhead.

Lewis: The effort has been light, and there have been few reports of anyone catching steelhead.

Yakima: It’s all about skwalas right now. Fish with nymphs in the morning and dries in the afternoon, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop. A parachute skwala dry with rubber legs has been a good pattern to try. The key when fishing dries is to get a good long, drag-free drift along the seams where the trout are holding.

Wynoochee/Satsop: The action has been hit-and-miss, said Ron Adams of Verle’s Sports Center. It seems to be a matter of just being on the river at the time fish are coming through. Most anglers are drifting either sand shrimp and eggs or corkies in reds or pinks.

Lakes

American: The action has been slow, said a staffer at Bill’s Boathouse. They are planning to start releasing the 6,500 trout they have fed over the winter. Starting this weekend, they plan to release 1,000 fish per week through the end of April. The fish weigh about 1 to 11/2 pounds each.

Cady: The trout action has been good. Try using chironomid patterns, such as Sno Cones fished below an indicator, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co.

Munn: The fishing has been good during the past week. Try using black Hale Bopp leech patterns fished on a sinking line, Srivastava said. Strip the fly back, or troll them slowly. Also try chironomid patterns.

Offut: The fishing has been good for cutthroat trout, said Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. Wedding Rings tipped with a nightcrawler have been effective. Others are using Power Bait for holdover rainbows.

Spanaway: Dock anglers are catching a few fish with worms and marshmallows on 3- to 5-foot leaders. Boaters are catching fish off the swimming hole. Trolling seems to be the best method, said Bud Herlitzka of Spanaway Park Boathouse.

Stump: The state has announced a change in the daily limit for trout on this Mason County lake. Only two trout 15 inches or longer may be retained as part of the five-fish bag limit from April 24 through April 30.

Saltwater

Fly fishing: The beach action has been very slow.

South Sound: An occasional blackmouth is being caught, but the pressure has been light, said a staffer at Zittel’s Johnson Point Marina. Trolling with flasher and hoochies off Devil’s Head, Johnson Point and the north end of Harstine Island has been productive.

Tacoma: The fishing remains spotty, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. North winds late this week made water conditions rough, keeping most folks ashore. A few fish are being caught off Point Dalco.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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