Fishing Report: Best Fishing Bet This Weekend: Go After Lake Trout on Mineral

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle

As of Monday, the weather forecast calls for at least four days of rain and then a day of only possible showers on Friday. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for opening day.

There is good news, however, as the 2011/2012 Sportfishing Rules Pamphlet is available online to download. You can study up on the rules and regulations and plan out your spring and summer fishing while you wait for the rain to quit.

Rivers and Streams

Karen Glaser, at the Barrier Dam Campground, said she has been hearing of a lot of spring chinook and late winter steelhead being caught on the Cowlitz out at the Barrier Dam down through Blue Creek.

“The river is down and is running at about 9,500 cfs, with 2 to 3 feet of visibility,” Glaser said.

Charles McElroy, sporting goods clerk at the Sunbird Shopping Center, said he has heard the Cowlitz is pretty spotty

Lakes and Ponds

American and Merrill lakes are still good for kokanee, McElroy said.

“Riffe is really low. Swofford is good one day, bad the next,” he said. “I’ve heard they’ve been doing pretty good out by the hatchery on Mayfield.”

On Riffe Lake, behind the Swofford spillway, local anglers are finding a decent number of silvers running up the channel.

Of the local lakes that open up on Saturday for trout — Mineral Lake and Carlisle are your best bet for a huge lunker. If you just want to take your limit home, try South Lewis County Park Pond, Toledo, or Plummer Lake in Centralia.

On the Beach

McElroy said he is still hearing decent reports about the lingcod and sea bass out on the jetty at Westport.