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.
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 opens for 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.
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.
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 http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/