April 17, 2012: Cowlitz River - Excellent fishing for spring Chinook.
Boat limited out before 1:30 PM using diver and cut plug herring rigs. 12-24 pound fish. Nice chrome-bright hatchery spring Chinook. Look for good springer fishing in the
next few weeks on the Cowlitz and Lewis Rivers. Also above Bonneville
Dam on the Columbia at Drano Lake and Wind River outlet.
Fished the Columbia below the mouth of the Cowlitz and at Dibley Beach,
Oregon on the weekend of April 21-22. Two springers from 3 fishermen
and our boat caught 12-14 pound fish. Fishing wasn't quite on fire
yet. Seems like the main group of springers hasn't come through at this time.
Kitsap Lake continues to be wide open on the trout bite. Trolling spinners and small spoons or cast masters on a flat line work great. The fish are on top since the weather is getting warmer and the water temperature has come up a few degrees. Look for more lakes to be opening on the 28th. All stocked lakes should be pretty good fishing in Kitsap, Jefferson, Mason, Pierce and Thurston Counties.