Opening weekend proved to be kind to lowland lake anglers.
A razor clam dig starts Saturday on the Washington coast.
Lingcod fishing opens Friday in the South Sound.
MINERAL: Opening weekend went well at local lakes such as Mineral. The staff at Mineral Lake Resort says anglers landed some big fish. The largest was 9 pounds, 14 ounces. Anglers are doing well in the morning using Power Bait off the dock. Fly fisherman also are having luck with red flies.
ST. CLAIR: This well-stocked lake served up good fishing over the weekend.
TANWAX: The staff at the Rainbow RV Resort say anglers did well opening weekend. Worms and Power Bait, and Power Eggs are doing the trick.
WAUGHOP: Bass fishermen are doing well here, according to reports posted at washingtonlakes.com.
CHELAN: Trolling in the morning near Manson Bay and along Colyar Ledge is a great way to catch trout, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. Kokanee fishing has been spotty, but anglers have been productive near Moore and Rocky points.
RAZOR CLAMS: A dig has been approved for Saturday and Sunday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced recently. Low tide is 6:23 a.m. Saturday and 6:50 a.m. Sunday. Digging will not be permitted after noon. Clammers must have permits. Wildlife managers urge clammers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks, birds that nest on the Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches. The next digs are scheduled for May 7-10, 15-17 and 22-24, pending the results of marine toxicity tests.
SOUTH SOUND: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing has been slow in the area, but some anglers are catching fish near Point Evans, Point Dalco and the clay banks. Action is best on the tide changes. Thursday is the last day for salmon fishing in Marina Area 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island), but ling cod fishing opens Friday. Salmon and ling cod fishing open Friday in Marine Area 13 (south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge).
WESTPORT: The most recent report from the Westport Charterboat Association says, “Rockfish have been no problem, but the ling cod have been good weather dependent.”
COLUMBIA: Anglers are catching sturgeon in The Dalles and John Day pools. The pools are also producing good walleye and bass fishing.
COWLITZ: State reports show boat and bank anglers averaged about a chinook per three rods last week. Fish are being caught throughout the river, the best action is at the barrier dam. Anglers are also catching steelhead near the trout hatchery.
KALAMA: Bank anglers are landing chinook, according to the state.
LEWIS: Not many anglers trying their luck here.
WIND: Boat anglers are averaging a spring chinook per three rods, according to the state count. “Fishing in the gorge is hit-or-miss with mostly miss,” said the state report.