FISHING REPORT

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comJune 1, 2013 

LAKES

Aberdeen: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reports this lake was stocked last week with 750 catchable rainbow trout.

American: Mike Barr of Bill’s Boathouse says “trout fishing is awesome, with tons of limits every day off the dock.” All you need to catch fish, Barr said, is bobber and worm. Fish are hungry and near the surface. Kokanee fishing is slow, but Barr said an angler landed a 20-incher recently.

Clear (Pierce): Anglers are catching their limit of kokanee using green dodgers with a green Spin-N-Glo.

Coldwater: Trout are biting for fly-fishermen.

Merwin: Trolling with yellow, pink and white hoochie has paid off for those trying to catch kokanee.

Offut: Trout fishing has been good this week according to reports on washingtonlakes.com

Ohop: The perch aren’t big, but they are biting.

Silver (Pierce): Worms and bobber have worked in landing trout. Crappie fishing has improved.

Stevens: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says kokanee fishing has been “quite good” with anglers landing fish as long as 17 inches. He recommends using a dodger with a Wedding Ring spinner and corn or maggots.

Summit: Anglers are catching kokanee here.

Waughop: Several reports on washingtonlakes.com indicate bass fishing is good this week.

Chelan: Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service says trolling near the Yacht Club in the morning and the face of Manson Bay at midday is the best way to catch trout right now.

Roses: Jones recommends using worm under a bobber to catch spiny-rays.

RIVERS

Columbia: Walleye and bass fishing have showed signs of improvement of late in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Cowlitz: Some anglers are catching spring chinook with shrimp and eggs, and summer-run steelhead with jigs.

Skagit: The section between Marblemount and Rockport opens to hatchery king fishing Saturday, Chamberlain said. The Cascade River tributary also opens Saturday.

Skykomish: Chamberlain expects anglers to try the Reiter Pond area for hatchery kings when the Skykomish opens Saturday.

SALT WATER

South Sound: Area 11 (Tacoma and Vashon Island) reopens for salmon fishing Saturday. Area 13 (South Puget Sound) is also open. The Area 11 spot shrimp fishery reopens from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday according to the WDFW.

North Sound: Halibut fishing has ended, but a sliver of the sound near Tulalip Bay is open for hatchery kings.

“It’s not super hot, but it’s an opportunity to catch fish,” Chamberlain said.

The Area 8-1 (Deception Pass) spot shrimp fishery reopens Wednesday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

NO FISH VIRUS

Recent tests of salmon in Washington show no signs of a fish virus according to state, tribal and federal resources managers announced Thursday.

The infectious salmon anemia virus was not detected in tissue samples from more than 900 chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and steelhead, and farm-raised Atlantic salmon the WDFW said in a prepared statement.

While the virus is deadly to salmon, it is not harmful to people, the WDFW said.

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