FOR OPENERS: Hundreds of lowland lakes open Saturday and, in preparation, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has stocked lakes around the state with nearly 17.5 million trout. In the South Sound, 10 Pierce County lakes have been stocked with more than 72,000 catchable-
size rainbows. Eight Thurston County lakes have been stocked with more than 80,000 trout.
DRANO: Boat and bank anglers have had luck landing spring chinook.
KAPOWSIN: Stocked last week with 300 rainbow trout.
ST. CLAIR: Stocked with more than 1,600 rainbows last week.
SCANEWA: Last week Tacoma Power released 779 adult and 18 jack spring Chinook above Cowlitz Falls Dam.
SPANAWAY: “Overall, it has been great,” said Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House. “A lot of limits.” He says anglers can typically limit in about two hours trolling near the surface with worms and marshmallows. The lake was recently stocked with trout averaging 2-3 pounds, Herlitzka said.
CHELAN: Anton Jones at Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service says fishing has cooled off near the Trench and the Barrens, but trolling is still good in Manson Bay and along Colyar Ledge. He says kokanee fishing is spotty, but some are biting near Moore and Rocky points.
ROSES: Anglers are regularly limiting, Jones said.
COLUMBIA: Chinook fishing is picking up in the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools. The river is closed to chinook, steelhead and shad fishing, and sturgeon fishing is catch-and-release below Bonneville Dam. The 2015 forecast for upriver spring chinooks is 232,500 adults to the river’s mouth, according to the WDFW.
COWLITZ: Anglers have been doing well here. Spring chinook are being caught near the barrier dam, and steelhead have been biting near the trout hatchery. WDFW reports fish are biting on the lower river too. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 579 winter-run steelhead, 848 chinook and 31 jacks. Tacoma Power started work Monday to renovate salmon hatchery wells leading to temporary parking closures.
TILTON: Last week Tacoma Power released 37 winter-run steelhead at Morton’s Gus Backstrom Park.
WIND: Boat anglers are catching spring chinook at the mouth of the river.
SOUTH SOUND: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina says fishing has been quiet because of extreme tides. The Point Evans and Dalco areas seem to be the best options.
WESTPORT: The most recent report posted by the Westport Charterboat Association says the ling are “still a bit off the bite.”
RAZOR CLAMS: Mocrocks has been added to the May 2-3 coastal dig. Long Beach and Twin Harbors will also be open for morning digs. Low tide is 6:23 a.m. on May 2 and 6:59 a.m. on May 3.
The North Bay sport clam and oyster season is set for May 1-31 near Allyn.