Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen in Marine Area 11 and most of Marine Area 10 for one day Wednesday, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
The exception in Marine Area 10 is Elliott Bay, defined as all waters east of a line from West Point to Alki Point. The Elliott Bay portion of Marine Area 10 has a separate spot shrimp quota, and that quota has been reached. Shrimping will be allowed from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
On last week’s shrimp openers, several Puget Sound fishing areas experienced a 30 percent increase in participation over the previous season, so at this point it is unlikely that other central Puget Sound areas will reopen, said a department news release.
South Sound: Anglers in Marine areas 11 and 13 are finding some lingcod, especially around Toliva Shoal (between Fox and Ketron islands) and Itsami Ledge (west side of Johnson Point). Salmon fishing is slow in Area 13.
Marine Area 2: The WDFW will close the recreational Pacific halibut fishery in the waters off Westport-Ocean Shores beginning Monday, as officials are projecting that quotas will be reached by then. Recreational halibut fishing will remain open in other coastal and Puget Sound areas.
American: Good for rainbows; anglers are having success trolling at a fairly shallow depth or fishing off the dock with a bobber. Fishing is picking up for smallmouth bass and perch as well.
Mineral: Fishing has been improving for rainbow trout, including several holdovers and triploids in the 14- to 16-inch range. For bait, green Power Eggs seem to be in favor, along with worm and marshmallow.
Silver: Fishing is good for freshly planted rainbows in the 10-inch range, along with holdovers that measure 16 inches or more. Anglers also are catching lots of bigger crappie, as well as perch and catfish.
Cowlitz: Fishing is hit-and-miss for spring chinook and slow for steelhead, but anglers who are willing to work will get a nice fish now and then. Sand shrimp and eggs are the favored baits, either free-drifting or under a bobber.
Icicle: The WDFW says anglers can fish for and retain adipose fin-clipped adult and jack spring chinook on this Chelan County stream. The fishery begins today and ends July 31. The daily limit is two; the minimum size is 12 inches.
Yakima: After two weeks or so of spring runoff, the river has dropped in the past couple of days to clear and normal flow. Suggested patterns for bait to match the hatch include Grannom Caddis, March Brown and Blue-Winged Olive.Contributing to this report: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Fish Country; Point Defiance Boathouse Marina; Zittel’s Johnson Point Marina; The Evening Hatch; Mineral Lake Resort; Henley’s Silver Lake Resort. Bruce Drysdale: 253-597-8666 bruce.drysdale@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure