Fish are being caught though! Trolling has been the most productive with fish being caught on plug cut herring and prawn spinners, both with or without flashers.
Efforts on the Columbia are just now starting. I'd imagine things are going well, and will only get better in the weeks to come.
The sad news came from the State of Washington this week when they closed the Drano Lake outlet to boat angling. This is an extremely popular area for boat and bank anglers seaking large springers. With 30k fish espected to return to Drano, I was looking forward to jumping in the trolling circle, but I guess that won't happen this year.
Washington will allow for bank angling only at Drano Outlet, and the states anti-snagging law will not be in effect. This astounds me, and I'm horrified to think of what bank angling will be like.
This next weekend also finds many of the Oregon lakes opening, and lakes across Washington are opening next month. I'm excited to get back out to Hagg Lake to chase down trout and smallmouth bass this year. I've also thought I might hit up Washtinton for some triploids just for fun.