Fishing report for April 14

Lakes are freshly stocked.

The latest razor clam dig starts Friday on three coastal beaches.

The Columbia River reopens for a day of chinook fishing Thursday.


AMERICAN: Rainbows and some kokanee have been biting according to a recent report posted at

CLEAR: The Thurston County lake was stocked with more than 500 rainbow trout last week.

LIMERICK: There once was a lake stocked with nearly 8,000 trout, making it a place anglers might want to check out. It’s a long drive for some, so make the trip with a chum; and maybe you’ll get rainbows worth talking about.

PATTISON: Planted with 3,700 catchable-size rainbow trout last week for the second week in a row.

SCANEWA: Tacoma Power released nine steelhead adults and 419 spring Chinook above Cowlitz Falls Dam last week.

CHELAN: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service says fishing is still hot for those trolling mackinaw and kokanee. The Barrens is the best place to fish for mackinaw, while Jones suggests fishing uplake of Mitchell Creek and along the north shore for the best chance to catch kokanee.

ROSES: Anglers are having a relatively easy time limiting on rainbows, Jones said.


RAZOR CLAMS: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved a coastal razor clam dig for April 17-24.

The Long Beach Razor Clam Festival is April 18-19.

Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open for clamming during that time. Mocrocks will be open April 17-19 and Copalis will be open April 18-19.

No digging is allowed after noon. Diggers must have appropriate permits, keep the first 15 clams they dig and must keep their clams in a separate container.

Low tides are as follows: 6:03 a.m. Friday; 6:52 a.m. Saturday; 7:39 a.m. Sunday; 8:25 a.m. Monday; 9:11 a.m. Tuesday; 9:57 a.m. April 22; 10:46 a.m. April 23; and 11:38 a.m. April 24.

SOUTH SOUND: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina says fishing in the area slowed down Monday with the change in the weather. The salmon seem to be spread out in areas such as the Clay Banks, Dalco and Point Evans.

WESTPORT: Weather has limited the ability for boats to get out.


COLUMBIA: The WDFW’s weekly check showed 65 anglers in 34 boats kept 207 walleye and released 52 in the John Day pool. Sturgeon fishing is open in The Dalles and John Day pools, but only four keepers landed last week between the two areas.

The river reopens for an additional day of chinook fishing Thursday.

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: “From Feb. 1-April 11, there have been an estimated 90,474 angler trips with 11,213 adult spring Chinook kept and 1,660 released. (Seventy-seven percent) of the chinook kept were upriver origin based upon Visual Stock Identification.”

COWLITZ: Tacoma Power last week recovered 652 winter-run steelhead, 453 spring chinook salmon, one jack and one cutthroat trout.

OLYMPIC COAST: Anglers have been doing well of late near Forks. There have been reports of good steelhead fishing on the Hoh River.

SNAKE: The spring chinook fishery starts Sunday.