Fishing Report for May 1

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 1, 2013 

Anglers are reminded that new fishing rules go into effect today. You can find all the rules at


Columbia: Bank anglers just outside Drano Lake and in The Dalles Pool are catching some spring chinook. Sturgeon fishing in the lower river and The Dalles Pool has been slow, but people are catching some legal-size fish in the John Day Pool. Boat anglers in the John Day Pool did well for bass, with more than eight fish kept/released per rod.

Cowlitz: Anglers are catching some spring chinook and steelhead throughout the river. Note that the south side of the river from Mill Creek to the Barrier Dam is closed to all fishing today through June 15.

Kalama: Overall, the recent effort for steelhead has been light. For the stretch from 1,000 feet above the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery upstream to Summers Creek, starting today anglers can keep up to two hatchery steelhead.

Lewis: Few people have been fishing for steelhead, and few fish are being caught.

Wind: The number of people fishing and the number of fish being caught are on the rise. An estimated 660 angler trips produced 115 adult chinook kept last week.

Yakima: The fishing has been difficult despite plenty of bug hatches. River levels have jumped by about 1,000 cfs since last week.


Bay: This lake had the best catch rate among Pierce County lakes that opened Saturday. Anglers averaged 5.7 trout a person. All told, people caught 660 trout.

Chelan: Trolling near the Yacht Club is producing good numbers of lake trout. People also are catching a couple of chinook. The kokanee bite has been spotty during the last week. Flatfish in purple glow and Cha Cha Squidders as well as Kingfisher Lite spoons in glow splatterback are working best.

Clear (Pierce): Trout anglers averaged 4.9 fish a person. In addition, there were 44 kokanee caught on Saturday.

Clear (Thurston): This lake produced the largest number of opening-day trout in the county. Anglers landed 388 trout Saturday, an average of 5.6 per person.

Haven: This Mason County lake was another hot spot on opening day. The state creel showed people catching an average of 7.7 trout per person.

Long: This was the place to be fishing in Thurston County on Saturday’s trout opener. Anglers averaged 9.4 trout a person. Some holdovers measured almost 20 inches.

North: Among King County lakes checked Saturday, this water had the best catch average, 7.1 trout per person.

McIntosh: The opening-day creel check showed an average catch of 5.7 trout per person.

Ohop: While the lake didn’t produce extraordinary numbers — 197 trout total, 4.1 fish per person — the trout that were caught were “huge,” according to a state report.

Panther: Fly fishermen catching and release trout helped raise the average catch rate on this Mason County lake to 12.7 fish per person.

SyLvia: This Grays Harbor County lake produced a rainbow measuring 22 inches Saturday. Overall, the catch average was 2.6 fish per person.


South Sound: The salmon fishing has been slow in Marine Area 11, which closed to fishing Tuesday. The action in Marine Area 13 also has been slow. Lingcod fishing opens today. A traditional hot spot has been the rock piles in the Tacoma Narrows.

Westport: The rockfish action has improved, while the lingcod catch has slowed a bit. Weather conditions are expected to improve, which should improve the action.

Contributors: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Evening Hatch, Point Defiance Boathouse, and Westport Charterboat Association. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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