Despite iffy weather, trout opener success

Anglers had to contend with some iffy weather conditions over the weekend, but still managed to make the opening of the lowland lakes trout season a success.

A state report showed anglers in Pierce and Thurston counties caught quite a few jumbo rainbow trout, trout that measure 15 to 18 inches when released. Of the seven Pierce County lakes checked, Bay Lake had the highest rate of fish caught per angler at 3.75. In Thurston County, the highest catch rate was at Clear Lake at 3.70.

A razor clam dig continues through Sunday. Here are the tide times and openings:

 • Today, 7:06 a.m., –1.4 feet, Long Beach and Twin Harbors;

 • Thursday, 7:50 a.m., –1.6 feet, Long Beach and Twin Harbors;

 • Friday, 8:32 a.m., –1.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks;

 • Saturday, 9:15 a.m., –1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch;

 • Sunday, 9:58 a.m., –0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch.


Columbia: In the Bonneville Pool, bank anglers just outside of Drano Lake are catching some spring chinook. In The Dalles Pool, a little more than one in every three bank anglers caught a spring chinook, and about one in six boat anglers had caught a fish.

Cowlitz: Spring chinook and steelhead are being caught, primarily from the trout hatchery to the barrier dam. Marshall Borsom at Fish Country said six to 10 springers are being caught each day under very heavy pressure.

Kalama: A mix of spring chinook and steelhead are being caught, according to a state report.

Lewis: Some spring chinook and steelhead are being caught in the North Fork.

Yakima: The river is again fishable in the canyon, although the water was still a bit off color, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop.


Harts: Trout fishing has been good since opening day. Most people are using Power Bait.

Mason County: A number of opening day derbies were canceled because of bad weather Saturday, said Rom Adams at Verle’s Sports Center.

Potholes: The walleye action has slowly improved in Lind Coulee Arm. Crab Creek should start producing as well, said a report from MarDon Resort.

Riffe: The lake continues to produce a lot of silvers. Borsom reported some anglers are catching limits. Allyn reader Wes Peters wrote to point out that the lake level at the dam is very low, creating a tricky walk down to the water.

Silver: The fishing has been very good, including a fair number of 16-inch rainbows. Opening day also produced a 22-inch, 21/2-pound brown trout.

Tanwax: Anglers are catching perch and some rainbow trout.


Tacoma: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina will hold its second annual Ling Cod Derby on Saturday, to coincide with the opening day of lingcod season. You can enter at the Point Defiance tackle shop. Entry fees are $10 per angler and prize pay-outs will be 60 percent of total entry fees for first place, 30 percent for second and 10 percent for third.

For information, contact the marina staff at 253-591-5325. Salmon fishing in the area improved a bit over the weekend, but is still fairly slow.