Fishing Report for May 11

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 11, 2013 

The return of spring chinook jacks counted at Bonneville Dam is on a near-record pace. Through Thursday, a total of 18,032 had been counted at the dam. The record, since at least 1960, was 18,119 fish in 2009. That year, nearly 82,000 jacks were counted through June 15, the end of the spring chinook count at the dam, said Joe Hymer of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

LAKES

American: Trout fishing has been good. People are fishing down 15 feet with a worm and a bobber or trolling with some sort of flasher with a worm. A lot of 14-inch rainbows are being caught. Kokanee fishing has been slow.

Mineral: The lake continues to produce limits for most people. Try using chartreuse PowerBait with a Power Egg, fished off the bottom.

Potholes: With surface water temperatures topping 70 degrees, shore anglers are seeing smallmouth and largemouth bass cruising the shoreline to locate spawning areas. There also are large numbers of yellow perch, crappie and bluegill.

Spencer: Trout fishing has been good to very good, with a number of limits being caught. Anglers are trolling a red worm-tipped Wedding Ring with some small split-shot sinkers.

Tanwax: Action for largemouth bass has been good, with a number of 3-pound fish being caught. One angler reported having success using a 5-inch brown Senko worm.

Tapps: Smallmouth bass action has been very good. People are reporting catching lots of fish, just not a lot of big fish. Try using a plastic grub or Stik-O worm.

SALT WATER

Beaches: A razor clam dig continues through Tuesday at Twin Harbors and today at Long Beach. No digging will be allowed at either beach after noon. The low tide times for this dig: today, 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; and 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 beaches have been met.

North Sound: Lingcod fishing has been good around the San Juan Islands, while halibut fishing has been on the slow side. Shrimp action has been pretty good. Deception Pass, the south end of Hat Island and off Camano Head also have been good for lingcod.

South Sound: Lingcod fishing has been slow in the past few days. Some anglers are reporting catching fish off the Des Moines Pier. Trolling and mooching has been producing some salmon off Point Gibson and Green Point in Marine Area 13.

Westport: The second day of halibut fishing, on Tuesday, produced limits on most charter boats. Most people are fishing herring or sardines right on the bottom. Lingcod action has been a little slower.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: The best action for spring chinook has been shore fishing at Barrier Dam. Fish are spread throughout the river, with some good boat action near Toledo.

Olympic Coast: The lower Sol Duc has been a good option recently. Some summer-run steelhead are being caught, as well as the occasional spring chinook. The Hoh River will reopen Thursday on a Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule.

Yakima: The river is unfishable right now, with flows topping 7,100 cubic feet per second. It likely won’t be fishable until flows at Untanum drop below 4,000 cfs.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, gamefishin.com, Waters West, Westport Charterboat Association, washingtonlakes.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Red’s Fly Shop, steelheaduniversity.com, David Anderson at Bill’s Boathouse. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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