Fishing Report for May 22

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 22, 2013 

Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen Wednesday in Marine Area 11 and most of Marine Area 10 for just one day. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the areas could reopen because sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains in the waters off Tacoma and central Puget Sound for one more day of fishing

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 the quota has been reached in that area.

Shrimping will be allowed from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.


Bay: The trout fishing has been fair to good, with people catching rainbow trout while trolling with a gold or silver Flatfish or a red Wedding Ring. Seems like most of the fish being caught are recently planted fish 10-11 inches long.

Clear (Pierce): The fishing has been good for kokanee and trout on the east end of the lake. Anglers report having success trolling 25-30 feet down in water about 60 feet deep. Pink seems to be the hot color for dodgers and lures.

Drano: Boat anglers averaged a spring chinook per every five rods last week. About 35 percent of the catch were jacks.

Tanwax: Trolling a brass-colored fish-shaped spoon was producing limits of trout over the weekend. The action was best in the morning, but adding some weight resulted in hook-ups the rest of the day.


Columbia: In the estuary, charter and private boat anglers are catching some legal-size sturgeon. It’s about a 50-50 chance a fish landed will be legal size. Elsewhere in the lower river, a handful of legal-size fish were caught by boat anglers from Vancouver to Cathlamet. Below Bonneville Dam, the state sampled 75 shad anglers who had kept 70 shad and released five fish.

Cowlitz: Anglers are catching some spring chinook, mostly near the barrier dam, but overall the action has been fair at best. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 456 spring chinook adults, 51 jacks, 52 winter-run steelhead and 18 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Klickitat: When including fish that were released, bank anglers below Fisher Hill Bridge averaged about 0.5 fish per rod. Jacks made up about one third of the salmon catch. A few steelhead also were caught.

Wind: Boat anglers at the mouth are catching some spring chinook but they are mostly jacks.

Yakima: The river has dropped into shape, the caddis are hatching and the dry fly action has been very good. Try dry fly and emerger patterns, such as a parachute elk hair caddis or Quigley’s Crime Scene caddis. River flows are at 3,350 cubic feet per second, half of what they were a week ago.


Strait of Juan de Fuca: The halibut fishing has been fair to good in the Port Angeles area, while the lingcod action has been fair to good in the Sekiu area.

South Sound: The fishing in the Tacoma Narrows has been on the slow side, with anglers catching a few lingcod and cabezon. Salmon anglers still are catching some fish trolling off Point Gibson and Green Point.

Westport: The fishing for lingcod was difficult over the weekend. Rough seas and fast currents made it difficult to float over the good spots and keep baits and lures on the bottom.

Contributors: Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop,, state Department of Fish and Wildlife,, Westport Charterboat Association and Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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