Fishing report for May 1

• Weekend outlook good for local lakes.

• Ling cod fishing opens locally, derby on Saturday.

• Fly action for searun cutthroat trout has been good.


CLEAR (Pierce) : People are hooking kokanee using spinners in orange, pink and green, and tipped with maggots. Look for fish holding in water 30-35 feet deep.

OFFUT: The weather has been good and the fishing has been good. PowerBait, olive Woolly Buggers and spinners have been effective for rainbow trout, as well as a few cutthroat and brown trout.

POTHOLES: The action has improved for largemouth bass in the sand dunes, while Lind Coulee has been the hot spot for smallmouth bass. Worms have been the best bait for walleye, which are averaging about 17 inches long.

SILVER: Trout fishing has been good, with one rainbow measuring 24 inches and weighing 4 pounds. Fishing for crappie and bass has been best early or late in the day. The catfish action is poor right now.

WAUGHOP: Not everyone is fishing for trout. Some people are hooking a few largemouth bass, but the action can’t be described as red-hot. Try using a black jig among the logs.


COLUMBIA: Anglers are getting two more days on the lower river to fish for spring chinook. The fishery will be open Saturday and Sunday, under an agreement between Washington and Oregon. High fish counts earlier this week, including 17,000 adult springers on Tuesday, prompted fishery managers to reopen the season. In the meantime, fishing has been very good at Wind River and Drano Lake.

YAKIMA: River flows have been steady and water conditions are good. That should make for a good weekend of fishing. Start the day using caddis nymphs. When you see fish feeding on the surface, switch to size 16 blue wing olive dry flies. Also watch for hatches of March browns.


CLAMS: A razor clam dig will take place Saturday and Sunday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks. Low tide is 6:23 a.m. Saturday and 6:50 a.m. Sunday. Digging will not be permitted after noon. The next digs are scheduled for May 7-10, 15-17 and 22-24, pending the results of marine toxicity tests.

FLY FISHING: The action for sea-run cutthroat trout remains good, with the fish focusing on chum fry. Some good spots have been beaches on Henderson Bay, Colvos Passage and Hood Canal. Patterns such as The Keta Rose, Chum Babies and juvenile shiner perch are effective right now.

SHRIMP: Shrimping in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) will be open from 7 a.m-3 p.m. Saturday only. Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound) will be open daily from Saturday-May 31.

SOUTH SOUND: Ling cod season opened Friday (May 1), and the Point Defiance Marina is hosting a ling cod fishing derby Saturday. The derby will run from sunrise to noon. The cost is $15 a person. For more information, call 253-591-5325. Salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 is closed. A few blackmouth are being caught in Marine Area 13.

WESTPORT: Conditions have improved, and anglers are again catching plenty of rockfish and lingcod. The lingcod action has been good when the weather has been good. Anglers are hooking fish using shrimp flies, jigs, herring and anchovies.