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Those looking to get a jump-start on the local trout fishing scene can take advantage of the many local year-round lakes recently planted with trout.

“Some of the year-round lakes are starting to offer some good fishing,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. “We’re also hearing decent reports for kokanee at American Lake with some getting their five-fish daily limits.”

In Pierce County, American Lake was planted April 7 with 630 trout averaging one pound, and April 3 with 12,000 catchable-sized trout and Spanaway got 18,000 on April 3. In Thurston County, Black Lake received 2,880 on April 7 and 6,446 on April 4.

In King County, Green Lake was planted April 7 with 442 trout averaging 1.5 pounds. In Snohomish County, Flowing Lake got 398 trout averaging 1.5 pounds April 9. In Mason County, Island Lake got 4,430 on April 7.

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Many others in the Puget Sound region also received hefty plants including Angle, Alice, Meridian, Sawyer, Rattlesnake, Ballinger, Blackmans; Martha (Warm Beach), Panther, Cranberry, Tye, Bonney, Bradley, Offutt and Harts. For updates, on trout plants go to

Fly anglers catching small leech and chironomid flies have been doing well at Lone Lake on Whidbey Island and Pass Lake near Deception Pass.

Another big event has been the outstanding coastal razor clam digs.

Limits of 15 razor clams daily have pretty much been the normal routine for diggers up and down the coast.

The coastwide estimate from the most recent digs from March 26 to April 3 was 53,942 diggers with 412,853 clams harvested. The season coastwide estimate from Sept. 19 to April 3 was 285,369 diggers with 3,684,654 clams harvested.

Digging is open until noon Thursday at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; Friday at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Saturday at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Sunday at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.

More digging opportunities could happen later this month and possibly into May, once state shellfish managers assess the harvest.

Razor clam lovers also can make plans to attend the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival this weekend.

Lower Columbia reopens for spring chinook

State fisheries officials decided to reopen hatchery spring chinook fishing Saturday only on the Lower Columbia River from Buoy 10 upriver to Rooster Rock. Fishing would also be open for bank angling only from Rooster Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline.

The Lower Columbia fishery ended on a high note last week with anglers making 31,572 trips and catching 8,150 adult chinook (6,537 kept and 1,613 released).

About 2,275 upriver fish remain in the sport-catch allocation of 10,157 upriver-bound fish.

Important dates

April 26, opening day of trout fishing in statewide lowland lakes; May 1, lingcod fishing opens many parts of Puget Sound; May 1, Ilwaco opens for halibut fishing; May 3, Puget Sound opens for spot shrimp season; May 4, Westport opens for halibut fishing; May 9-10, Marine Catch Areas 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 open for halibut fishing; May 15, La Push and Neah Bay opens for halibut fishing; and May 17 is Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby.

Fishing Report
Location  Comment
Marine areas A 20.13-pound hatchery chinook caught by Bill Doane at Greenbank took first place at the Stanwood Eagles Derby last Saturday with 103 anglers netting 27 fish. Fair to good in the San Juan Islands for hatchery chinook, and fair along the east side of Whidbey Island. A couple of hatchery chinook were caught this week off the Edmonds Pier by anglers catching jigs. Northern Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca are now closed for salmon. Hood Canal and south-central and southern Puget Sound are open for hatchery chinook through April 30. Very good for perch and kelp greenling fishing off the Westport South Jetty. Excellent action for lingcod and black rockfish at Westport, La Push, Neah Bay and Ilwaco. Spotty for salmon in the Tacoma area.
Biting: YesRating: 2 stars
Statewide rivers Spring chinook catches are building at Drano Lake (closed every Wednesday through June) at Little White Salmon River mouth and Wind River. Fair in Cowlitz for spring chinook and steelhead, and in Kalama for steelhead. No report in Lewis for steelhead. Good for walleye in The Dalles and John Day pools. Steelhead fishing closed in the Hoh, Quinault and Clearwater rivers, and April 30 for the Quillayute, Dickey, Bogachiel, Calawah and Sol Duc.
Biting: YesRating: 2 stars
Statewide lakes Battleground Lake was planted April 7 with 256 trout averaging 1.5 pounds and 2,000 catchable-sized trout; and Kress Lake on April 9 got 352 1.5-pounders and 3,658 catchable-sized trout. In Eastern Washington, Dry Falls, Lenice, Nunnally, Merry, Bobby, Spectacle, and North and South Teal are good for trout. Fair to good at Potholes Reservoir for walleye and trout. Lake Chelan is good for lake trout and kokanee. Slow for cutthroat in Lake Washington. Fair at Lake Roosevelt for kokanee and rainbows. Slow for kokanee at Lake Stevens.
Biting: YesRating: 2 stars

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780


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