Fishing

Fishing report for April 14

LAKES

KAPOWSIN: Stocked with 300 rainbow trout Monday.

MUNN: Stocked Thursday with 400 rainbows.

ST. CLAIR: Stocked with 612 rainbows Monday and 1,040 more Wednesday.

STOCKING UPDATE: Lowland lakes open for fishing April 25, and they’re being stocked right now. Local lakes stocked with rainbows this week in preparation for the opener include Buck (200), Carney (2,300), Carter (1,250), Deep (200), Failor (300), Hicks (400), McIntosh (3,849), Pattison (3,700), Rapjohn (182) and Silver (1,400).

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

POTHOLES: Walleye and perch fishing has been good this year, said Rob Harbin of MarDon Resort. “The spawn is in full swing, which will make the fishing take off even more,” he said. Smallmouth bass fishing is best near the O’Sullivan Dam

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

SALT WATER

RAZOR CLAMS: The Long Beach Razor Clam Festival is Saturday and Sunday, coinciding with an ongoing clam dig that runs through April 24.

Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open for clamming through April 24. Digs at Mocrocks and Copalis end Sunday.

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

Low tides are 6:52 a.m. Saturday, 7:39 a.m. Sunday, 8:25 a.m. Monday, 9:11 a.m. Tuesday, 9:57 a.m. Wednesday, 10:46 a.m. Thursday and 11:38 a.m. Friday, April 24.

SOUTH SOUND: The action is a bit slow with fish typically on the smaller size (5-7 pounds), but the staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina expects things to pick as the months winds down. Those having the best luck are trolling.

NORTH SOUND: Anglers have had some luck trolling the Saratoga Passage, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.

WESTPORT: The weather has improved, but in its Thursday report, the Westport Charterboat Association says the ocean was still a bit rough. Rockfish were biting, lingcod were not. Better weather is in the forecast for the weekend.

RIVERS

COLUMBIA: Chamberlain says many of his regular customers are getting Oregon fishing licenses and trying their luck on the Oregon side of the river.

COWLITZ: Arguably the best river for fishing right now. Try the Blue Creek section or near the Barrier Dam, Chamberlain said.

OLYMPIC PENINSULA: Anglers with a little finesse continue to do well on these rivers.

SNAKE: The spring chinook fishery starts Sunday.

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