The 2.39 million trout planted for this weekend's lowland lakes fishing opener will average 10 to 12 inches, up from 7 to 9 inches in past years.

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Options are blossoming this spring for trout, razor clams, halibut, spot shrimp and lingcod.

Thousands of anglers are gearing up for this weekend’s statewide lowland lakes trout fishing opener.

The 2.39 million trout planted in more than 500 lakes and ponds will average 10 to 12 inches, up from 7 to 9 inches in past years.

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Many are also setting sights on upcoming coastal razor clam digs that should be excellent with the best low tidal series of the spring.

Digging is open Thursday to Tuesday at Twin Harbors; Friday to Sunday at Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis; and Monday at Mocrocks. Digging is allowed until noon each day.

A daily limit is the first 15 clams dug, regardless of size or condition. On April 9-14, 20,477 diggers had 296,582 clams averaging 14.5 per digger.

Depending on how things turn out during the next series of digs, state Fish and Wildlife could have more planned in May.

Hatchery chinook fishing comes to a close after Tuesday in the San Juan Islands, south central Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and areas on the east side of Whidbey Island. Only southern Puget Sound south of the Narrows Bridge remains open for salmon.

Looking ahead: The spot shrimp fishery opens May 4 in many areas; the lingcod fishery opens May 1 in Puget Sound (Hood Canal is closed year-round); the halibut fishery opens in early or late May, depending on the area of Puget Sound and Strait; the halibut fishery off the coast opens in early May; and Neah Bay and La Push are open for a hatchery-marked selective chinook fishery May 10-11 and May 17-18. For specific dates and rules, go to

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Fishing report
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Some spring chinook and steelhead caught in Cowlitz, though not in large numbers. Light effort and catch in Kalama and Lewis, and both are closed for chinook. A few hatchery summer-run steelhead caught in Washougal. Effort and catch were light in Wind and Klickitat. Boat anglers were catching some spring chinook in Drano Lake. Bank anglers were catching some spring chinook in Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 2 stars

Statewide lakes You don’t have to wait for opening day as some lakes open year-round are good for trout, including Angle, Beaver, Green, Meridian, Sawyer, Ballinger, Flowing, Battleground, Gissburg, Deer, Roses, Martha, Shoecraft, Panther, Cranberry and Lone. Fair to good for kokanee and lake trout in Lake Chelan. Improving for kokanee in Lake Stevens. Potholes Reservoir is good for trout, bass and walleye.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 3 stars

Marine areas Dawn Lawrence at Big Salmon Resort in Neah Bay reported that late last week Cody and Casey Tackman of Renton got into some nice lingcod off Seal Rock, including one that weighed 40-plus pounds. Also excellent for lingcod and black rockfish off Westport. La Push and Ilwaco are also open for bottomfish.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 3 stars