From spring chinook fishing on the Lower Columbia River to spring razor clams, anglers have myriad choices.
There are way too many choices for the indecisive angler in the days ahead.
For starters, many are heading to the Lower Columbia River, where spring chinook fishing is gaining steam.
“It was slow over the weekend, but a little better (Monday) with some nice fish caught,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver.
A lot of dirty water is spilling out of the Willamette River, so the best fishing in the Lower Columbia is from the Lewis River mouth up to the Vancouver/Portland Airport area. Boat anglers averaged a spring chinook kept or released every 24.6 rods.
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Weather and ocean conditions permitting, Westport charters continue to score fairly easy limits of lingcod and black rockfish.
Diggers should find excellent prospects for razor clams at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis on Saturday; and Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks on Sunday. No digging will be allowed after noon on any of those beaches.
The Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival is Saturday. Details: www.oceanshores.org.
The Strait of Juan de Fuca remains the hotspot for winter chinook.
A check from Olson’s Resort at Sekiu on Sunday showed six boats with 16 anglers caught 16 chinook. Other good areas in the Strait are Salmon and Coyote banks, Discovery Bay and the Winter Hole area off Port Angeles.
Trout anglers can get a jump start on early spring trout fishing in some west side year-round lakes.
Angle Lake south of Sea-Tac Airport was recently planted with 4,250 trout. Blackman’s Lake in Snohomish County was recently planted with trout. Lone Lake on Whidbey Island and Pass Lake near Deception Pass remain fairly good for trout fly-fishing.
Try Sylvia and Duck lakes in Grays Harbor County. In Mason and Kitsap counties, try Nahwatzel, Kokanee, Kitsap and Spencer for planted trout.
Long’s Pond in Thurston County, and Bradley and Wapato lakes in Pierce County will get hefty plants. Only anglers under age 15 can fish at Long’s and Wapato. Bradley is open year-round, but open only to youth under age 15 from May 15 to June 10.
Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Statewide lakes||In Southwest Washington, Klineline Pond was planted on Monday with 2,450 half-pound brown trout, and Lacmas Lake got 3,000, plus each were planted last week with several thousand rainbow trout. East of the Cascades, the trout fishery is fair to good at Upper Caliche, Martha, Lenice, Lenore, Nunnally, Burke, Quincy, Big Four, Blue, Deer, Rainbow, Watson and Spring lakes. Lake Chelan is good for lake trout. Ice has melted off Roses Lake.|
|Westside rivers||Fair to good for winter steelhead in the Cowlitz around the Trout Hatchery, and in the Kalama River. No effort, and high and turbid water in the Wind River and Drano Lake. Good for walleye in The Dalles and John Day pools of the Columbia River. Fair to good for steelhead on the north coast in the Sol Duc, Calawah and Bogachiel.|
|Marine fishing||Fair to good for smelt jigging at Oak Harbor Marina. Slow to fair for hatchery chinook off Columbia Beach, Hat Island, Bait Box on southeast side of Whidbey Island, Camano Head, Elger Bay, Misery Point and the Double Bluff off the south side of Whidbey Island. Slow off Possession Bar and the Tacoma area off Point Defiance Park. The Frank Wilson Memorial Blackmouth Derby last weekend in the San Juan Islands produced some fairly good fishing, and the winner was Marty Chevalier Sr. with a 19.92-pound hatchery chinook.|