Fishing Report for June 15

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJune 15, 2013 

LAKES

Black: The afternoon fishing has been pretty good for all species but trout. The crappie and yellow perch action has really improved.

Harts: Crappie fishing has picked up in recent days, while the trout action has been slow. Mini-jigs in green-white or yellow-white fished under a bobber have been effective for crappie.

Kapowsin: Trout fishing has been fair to good. Try trolling a lure, such as a Wedding Ring, tipped with a bit of worm close to the surface.

Potholes: Perch fishing continues to be excellent. Walleye action improved this week but still is a bit inconsistent. Some days people are bringing in limits, and others they are working to find biting fish. Fishing for smallmouth bass along the face of O’Sullivan Dam continues to provide great action. State fish biologists are asking anglers to keep their limit of smallmouth bass — 10 fish, with one longer than 14 inches — because the reservoir is overpopulated with smallmouth.

Spanaway: Still-fishing with a worm and white marshmallow is producing some limits. Trolling a Wedding Ring and worm is producing some limits, but people are having to work harder with that method. Dock anglers are catching a fair number of trout.

Spencer: Trout fishing has been excellent. In fact, all the lakes in that part of Mason County have been fishing very well so far. Most people are using rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait or night crawlers.

Tapps: The smallmouth bass action remains slow. The fish are still holding fairly deep, congregating along steep-dropping shorelines in water 18-25 feet deep. Try a drop shot rig or Carolina rig.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Summer-run steelhead action has been fair overall. Most people are free-drifting eggs. The best spot for spring chinook has been at the barrier dam. Eggs again remain the hot bait for shore anglers, while boaters are using eggs or shrimp behind a diver.

Skagit: Spring chinook fishing is starting to improve, with the best action between the mouth of the Cascade and Rockport. Eggs fishing behind a diver has been an effective method.

Wynoochee: People are catching a few summer-run steelhead, but the action is not red hot. Most people are using jigs, spoons or spinners in the deeper holes.

Yakima: Fly-fishing for trout has been very good, especially in the lower canyon. Try small nymphs fished fairly shallow or pale morning duns when you see rising fish. The river flow is hovering around 3,000 cubic feet per second.

SALT WATER

South Sound: Chinook fishing in Marine Area 11 remains good, with more than 40 fish counted by the state checkers last weekend. People are finding fish off Salmon Beach and jigging on the slack tide at Point Evans. Some fish are being caught off the clay banks and Point Dalco. Fox Island and Anderson Island have been good spots in Marine Area 13. Try jigging with Point Wilson Darts or mooching with herring.

Westport: People are hooking a lot of wild salmon, which have to be released. A few hatchery chinook are being caught off the Quinault Casino in water 40-80 feet deep, and a few more around the North Bowl. On opening weekend, June 8-9, there were 684 anglers who took part in the fishery, and they brought in 179 marked chinook.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Tom Pollack at Sportco, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Westport Charter Boat Association, gamefishin.com, Joet Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, steelheaduniversity.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse and Don Wells at Harts Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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