Fishing Report for May 15

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 15, 2013 

LAKES

American: Some anglers are catching their limits of kokanee, trolling the west side. Pink seems to be the most productive color, both for a dodger and squid-style lures. The fish were holding 20-25 feet down, according to one report.

Chelan: Trolling near the bottom in water 280-340 feet deep off the Chelan Yacht Club is the best spot to catch lake trout. Flatfish in purple glow or Cha Cha Squidders and Kingfisher Lite spoons in the glow splatterback pattern are effective. The early morning has been best for kokanee, but that action has been slow overall.

Crescent: Trolling Wedding Rings in orange or pink is producing catches of rainbow trout.

Drano: Boat anglers averaged almost one chinook per every four rods last week. About 30 percent of the catch were jacks.

Pattison: The action has not been red-hot, but people fishing from shore are catching rainbows fishing a worm under a bobber. Some fish are weighing 3 pounds.

Spanaway: Dock anglers are catching rainbows up to 4 pounds on PowerBait. Still-fishing with worm and marshmallow in the south end is producing limits.

Tapps: Smallmouth bass action is picking up. Anglers are using swimbaits or plastic worms like a green soft-plastic Senko to hook fish, most of which weigh 1-3 pounds. The fish have moved into shallower waters. Tiger muskies are hitting crankbaits, but the fish are on the small side.

Ward: Rainbow trout action has been fair to good. Try trolling with a pink Wedding Ring tipped with a worm.

RIVERS

Columbia: The lower river from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Interstate 5 Bridge will reopen Thursday for hatchery steelhead, hatchery chinook jacks and shad. The stretch from the I-5 Bridge to Bonneville Dam also opens Thursday for shad. Boat anglers are catching some legal-size sturgeon in the estuary and between Vancouver and Woodland. Bank anglers also are catching some legals in the Camas-Washougal area. In The Dalles Pool, boat anglers averaged two walleye and 14 bass kept or released per rod last week.

Cowlitz: Spring chinook are being caught, mainly around Barrier Dam. As of Sunday, 701 adult chinook have returned, including 33 wild origin. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,644 adults.

Klickitat: Bank anglers from the Fisher Hill Bridge downstream are catching adult and jack spring chinook and some summer-run steelhead.

Lewis: Some steelhead being caught, and fishing for chinook is closed. The return as of Sunday is 28 adults, including one wild origin. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.

Yakima: The river was flowing at 6,910 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning. That, and poor visibility, make it unfishable.

SALT WATER

Fly-fishing: The action for sea-run cutthroat trout has picked up as the fish have returned from spawning in streams. Purdy Spit and the beaches around Case Inlet are good spots to try.

South Sound: Creel checks of anglers fishing in Marine Area 13, south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, show some are catching chinook. Point Gibson, Green Point and the mouth of Wollochet Bay remain productive. A few lingcod were checked over the weekend at local boat ramps, but the fishing is far from hot.

Contributors: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Evening Hatch, washingtonlakes.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Puget Sound Fly Co. and Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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