Fishing report for April 10

• State continues to stock area lakes.

• Forks rivers producing plenty of large, wild steelhead.

• A few chinook are being caught in the South Sound.


AMERICAN: Most of the action lately has been for trout. People have been catching them close to the surface while trolling with Wedding Rings tippoed with corn. Some people are still fishing with Power Eggs or corn nuggets fished off the bottom in water about 30 feet.

CLEAR (Thurston) : The lake was stocked Tuesday with 504 rainbow trout. The state reports the fish averaged 1.5 pounds each.

LIMERICK: The lake might be worth the trip after it was planted with 7,800 catchable-size rainbows earlier this week.

HARTS: Fishing for crappie has been a bit slow recently. A few trout, as well as some largemouth bass, are being caught on Power Eggs.

PATTISON: The lake was planted with 3,700 catchable-size rainbows on Wednesday. That is after 3,710 trout were planted last week.

POTHOLES: People are catching pre-spawn walleyes in Lind Coulee, Crab Creek and off Medicare Beach.

RATTLESNAKE: Fly-anglers are having success using size 20 chironomids under a small indicator or mini bunny leeches trolled slowly to catch rainbows.


COLUMBIA: Fishery managers opted to extend the hatchery spring chinook season until Saturday. The sport fishing season was scheduled to close at the end of the day Friday (April 10). Overall, the springer action in the lower river has been fair to good.

COWLITZ: Steelhead fishing has been best at Blue Creek, with a few fish being caught at the barrier dam. Most people are using yard balls or eggs, with a few people back-trolling with lures such as a Mag Lip 3.5. People fishing for spring chinook are back-trolling with herring in the deeper run near Blue Creek.

OLYMPIC COAST: The action for wild steelhead has been very good. Anglers were averaging a wild fish caught per person on just about all the rivers in the Forks area. The river levels are dropping, so use smaller baits, flies or lures.

YAKIMA: The river flow at Untanum is low but holding steady. Look for March brown hatches, especially on cloudy days. Try a beadhead hare’s ear nymph or a parachute March brown in sizes 12 and 14.


NORTH SOUND: The key to catching chinook has been finding the schools of bait, then staying with them. Double Bluff, Mid-Channel Bank and Possession Bar have been producing some spring chinook, while there have been consistent catches in the Port Angeles area. Kingfisher Lite lures measuring 3.5 inches have been effective.

SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing has been spotty. A few fish have been caught off the shelf area near Point Defiance and off Point Dalco.

WESTPORT: The bottom fish action continues to be good. Charter boats are reporting anglers catching limits of rockfish and often catching limits of ling cod. The action has only been slowed by the weather.