Eastside lakes start well for trout catch
Though the statewide lowland-lake trout opener doesn't begin until April 27, there are plenty of eastside choices that opened Friday to...
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle native and lifelong angler Mark Yuasa blogs on fishing in the Pacific Northwest.
Though the statewide lowland-lake trout opener doesn't begin until April 27, there are plenty of eastside choices that opened Friday to very good action.
"The opener went very well, and waters in the Columbia Basin saw near-limits of fish," said Madonna Luers, a state Fish and Wildlife information officer. "Six impoundments (in the Tucannon area) people averaged about 2.5 trout apiece. There was no snow on the shoreline, and it was very springlike."
Upper Caliche, Martha, Quincy and Burke lakes produced near-limits of trout averaging 12 inches, and carry-overs 15 to 24 inches.
State Fish and Wildlife will plant 1,000 catchable-sized trout (12 inches) into Martha and Upper Caliche in April to extend opportunity. Quincy and Burke should fish pretty well through May.
Dusty Lake was fair with most anglers (13 total on the opener) catching and releasing eight to 10 trout apiece with an average size of 14 to 18 inches. The catch rates aren't too surprising because Dusty's water temperatures are usually colder than other March 1 opening day lakes. Fishing will improve later this month, and continue to be good through early June.
Lenice and Nunnally lakes outfished Dusty on opening day, with most anglers catching and releasing 12 to 20 trout apiece.
About 95 percent of angler pressure occurred at Lenice (30 to 40 float-tube anglers). Trout averaged 12 to 20 inches, with most in the 14-inch range. Lenice and Nunnally should continue to fish well through early June.
In Puget Sound region try for trout at Lake Goodwin and Blackman's Lake or for cutthroat in Lake Washington off I-90, Juanita Bay, Yarrow Bay and south end of Mercer Island, and Lake Sammamish.
• North Sound salmon regulation change: Wild chinook encounters in northern Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 9) by anglers has led to a reduction in the catch limit from two to one salmon daily. Salmon fishing in Area 9 remains open daily through April 15.
|Marine areas||Fair to good for hatchery chinook in Strait of Juan de Fuca at Hein Bank, Sekiu, Protection Island, Port Angeles and Freshwater Bay. In San Juan Islands try Thatcher Pass, Spring Pass, Rosario Strait, Salmon Bank and north end of Orcas Island. Fair for chinook at Misery Point in Hood Canal, but slow in Tacoma area, Possession Bar, Point No Point, Saratoga Pass and Port Townsend area.|
|Statewide rivers||Effort and spring chinook catch continue to rise on the Lower Columbia, with best action coming between Kalama and Vancouver (although it remains on the slow side). Conditions remain very good with low water levels and decent clarity. Spring chinook fishing is open from Beacon Rock downstream, and bank angling is open from Beacon Rock to the boundary below Bonneville Dam. Slow to fair for steelhead in Sol Duc, Queets, Hoh, Humptulips, Satsop, Wenatchee and Methow.|
|Coast razor clams||Digging is open Thursday and Monday at Twin Harbors; Friday at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; and Saturday and Sunday at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks. Digging is open after noon each day. Tentative morning digs will occur March 28 and March 31 at Twin Harbors; March 29-30 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks. More digs are planned in April and May.|