The new owners of Harts Lake Resort and Deli certainly know their way around the place.
Carol and Charlie Parsons, who owned the Roy resort for 12 years before selling it in 2011, have come out of retirement after the previous owners defaulted on the deal.
Carol Parsons admits it was hard to leave their new home in Clarkston, but she didn’t want to see the resort fall into disrepair.
“I basically have to start all over again. I just want to get things back up and running,” she said. “We’re working hard to get the place cleaned up.”
The resort will offer breakfasts and lunches, as well as fishing supplies.
It is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays.
The resort also has a new phone number: 360-400-1386.
Marine waters off the coast of Westport opened Friday morning for daily salmon fishing.
Rhe area, Marine Area 2, was previously open five days a week to ensure the catch would not reach the quota too quickly requiring an early closure, said Pat Pattillo of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Salmon fishing is already open daily in marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (LaPush) and 4 (Neah Bay). The daily catch limit is two salmon in all areas. Anglers may keep one chinook per day in marine areas 1, 2 and 4 and two in Marine Area 3. Wild coho must be released in all areas.
A report posted Thursday night by the Westport Charterboat Association called the chinook fishing north of Ocean Shores the best of the year. “This could be the beginning of something good,” the report read.
Hood Canal: Fishing has been so-so with some anglers landing chinook.
Sekiu: This area has boasted some of the best chinook and coho fishing in Western Washington.
South Sound: Fishing is picking up, and the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff recommends jigging and mooching near the clay banks. The staff had no reports from Commencement Bay. Farther south, salmon fishing has been slow. Try the Nisqually area for chinook.
Harts: Crappie are biting, as are bullhead catfish, said Carol Parsons at Harts Lake Resort and Deli. She said triploid trout are hitting spinners and worms.
Mayfield: Head to the Tilton Arm to make the most of improving trout fishing. Try using Wedding Rings and pop gear with worm or corn. Dough bait and worms work better for bank anglers.
Merwin: A good place to try for tiger muskie.
Mineral: People are catching rainbow trout with Power Eggs, and with marshmallows and a worm fished off the bottom with a 5- to 6-foot leader, said Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort. The dock fishing is a little slow.
Potholes: MarDon Resort reports bass and walleye are providing plenty of action. Soft plastic lures such as BuzzBaits are working well for catching bass. Walleye are biting near the weed line. Trolling is the best way to catch rainbows. Bluegill are biting for those fishing from the dock.
Riffe: The silvers are biting.
Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says some anglers are hitting their limits with a combination of browns and rainbows. He said one angler caught a 5-pound brown this week.
Summit: Trolling with silver dodger and Wedding Rings can yield kokanee and rainbow trout.
Wenatchee: This lake opens for sockeye salmon fishing today. The fishery lasts until Aug. 31. The daily limit is three sockeye 12 inches or longer per angler. Gear rules require single barbless lures or flies, no bait or scent and knotless nets are required. Fishing is allowed one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. A Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement is required along with a current fishing license.
Columbia: Steelhead are biting below Bonneville Dam, and sturgeon fishing has been good from the Wauna power lines to Marker 82. Sockeye are biting in Brewster Pool, but action is inconsistent.
Trying using shrimp with Mack’s Lures Double D Dodger with a pink and white Mack’s Mini Cha Cha Squidder on a 12-inch leader.
Cowlitz: Bank fishing near Barrier Dam is your best bet for landing steelhead.
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