Fishing Report for May 8

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 8, 2013 

SALT WATER

Beaches: A razor clam dig opens today and runs through Tuesday at Twin Harbors, and Friday and Saturday at Long Beach. No digging will be allowed at either beach after noon.

The low tide times for this dig:

Today: 6:22 a.m., minus-0.5 feet, Twin Harbors

Thursday: 7 a.m., minus-0.8 feet, Twin Harbors

Friday: 7:37 am, minus-0.9 feet, Twin Harbors and Long Beach

Saturday: 8:12 a.m., minus-0.8 feet, Twin Harbors and Long Beach

Sunday: 8:48 a.m., minus-0.7 feet, Twin Harbors

Monday: 9:23 a.m., minus-0.5 feet, Twin Harbors

Tuesday: 10:01 a.m., minus-0.2 feet, Twin Harbors

There will be no more digs this season at Copalis and Mocrocks. The harvest guidelines at those popular beaches have been met.

Fly-fishing: The sea-run cutthroat trout action remains very good. Use any type of baitfish patterns, although many anglers are still opting for flies that mimic chum fry.

South Sound: Salmon fishing south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge remains open. Good places to try include Point Gibson, Green Point and the mouth of Wollochet Bay. Lingcod fishing has been a bit slow overall.

Westport: Halibut fishing got off to a good start, with charter boats bringing in limits during Sunday’s opener, as well as some limits of lingcod.

LAKES

Clear (Pierce): Anglers are catching some limits of kokanee. Try fishing with shrimp or maggots close to the bottom.

Chelan: Trolling in water 280-340 feet deep near the Yacht Club is producing a large number of lake trout. For anglers willing to make the trip, fishing the upper parts of the lake off Castle Creek is resulting in good numbers of lake trout and chinook salmon. The kokanee bite continues to be spotty, except for the early morning bite.

Drano: Boat and bank anglers averaged about an adult chinook kept for every seven rods.

Hicks: People are having success with green Power Eggs fished off the bottom. Some of the trout are more than 15 inches long.

Lenice: Fly anglers are using bloodworm patterns to hook rainbow trout. Wind has been an issue for many folks.

Tapps: With water temperatures topping 60 degrees, the smallmouth bass are moving into shallow water to spawn. Try bouncing grubs off the bottom. The tiger muskies also are moving in close to shore.

RIVERS

Columbia: Boat anglers are catching some legal sturgeon in the Vancouver and Kalama areas. Sturgeon angling is improving in the lower river as the population migrates from the Willamette down to the estuary. The estuary sturgeon season reopens Saturday between Buoy 10 and Wauna Powerlines.

Cowlitz: Some spring chinook are being caught, but the fish are scattered throughout the river. Note that the south side of the river from Mill Creek to Barrier Dam is closed to all fishing through mid-June. The spring chinook return to Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery as of Saturday was 456 adults including 16 wild fish, compared with last year’s count of 563 hatchery and 11 wild adults. Hatchery escapement goal is 1,644 adults.

Kalama: Despite few people fishing, some steelhead are being caught. The river remains closed to fishing for spring chinook.

Klickitat: Bank anglers below Fisher Hill Bridge are catching some spring chinook.

Wind: Boat anglers averaged about an adult chinook kept per every five rods. A few jacks are also appearing in the catch.

Yakima: The river flows have been steadily rising since May 1, and were at 5,840 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning. That makes the fishing difficult.

Contributors: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, gamefishin.com, Westport Charterboat Association, Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse and washingtonlakes.com. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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