jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJune 19, 2013 


Columbia: The spring Chinook action was fairly slow last week, based on state creel samples. There were 1,031 bank anglers checked, and they kept 59 adult chinook and eight jacks, plus 16 steelhead. They released 42 adults and 18 jacks. There also were 605 boaters checked and they kept 39 adults, seven jacks and 22 steelhead and released 42 adults and eight jacks. The best action was in the Kalama area. Shad fishing below Bonneville Dam has picked up.

Icicle: Salmon fishing for hatchery spring chinook in the river will close at sunset Wednesday. The run has not been as strong as forecast, and hatcheries have not met their broodstock collection goals.

Olympic Coast: The summer steelhead action has been on one day and off the next. Fly anglers should give a foam-body dry fly a chance, skating it across the surface.

Yakima: The trout action has been good to very good. In the canyon, pale morning duns are hatching on cloudy days and in the evenings the trout feed on caddis emergers. Overall, the fish are smaller but people are catching more.


American: The trout fishing has been very good to excellent, with many anglers bringing home limits caught in a fairly short time. Boat anglers are trolling a red Wedding Ring tipped with worm and run behind pop gear. The lake was stocked two weeks ago with 1,500 rainbows weighing 11/2 pounds each.

Clear (Pierce): People are catching limits of kokanee but it seems as if the bite is over by midmorning. Make sure your gear is pink, with a little chartreuse, and run it about 15-30 feet down.

Clear (Thurston): The lake was stocked June 11 with 200 rainbow trout weighing 11/2 pounds each. Hicks lake was stocked with 250 trout of the same size.

Crescent: This lake in Olympic National Park has been fishing well. Black and white leeches are effective for catching rainbow and cutthroat trout. Consider fishing the mouth of Barnes Creek.

Leech: Fly anglers are catching lots of brook trout. Nearby Dog Lake has been stocked with almost 6,000 catchable-size rainbows.

Mayfield: The tiger muskie action still is slow, based on the result of the Northwest Tiger Pac Chapter 57 tournament held Saturday. One qualifying fish, a 36-incher, was landed. The weed beds have not developed quite yet.

Mineral: The lake has been fishing well. Try still-fishing the west end with a worm-Power Bait combo or trolling with a green Wedding Ring tipped with some worm.

St. Clair: The fishing has been pretty good. Anglers are catching plenty of largemouth bass, just nothing really big, and the bluegill action has been good along the weed beds. The lake was recently stocked with 2,500 1/2-pound rainbows.


Fly fishing: The action for sea-run cutthroat trout has been good. Try using a flat-wing pattern in olive and white, or poppers. Remember, sea-run cutthroat must be released. Good tidal changes this week should make for improved action.

South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) has been a little slow at the start of the week. Trolling was most effective because anglers had to cover a lot of water to find the fish. While the number of fish caught was fairly small, the fish were good size.

Westport: The fish have been spread out, although there was consistent action outside the bar at tidal changes over the weekend.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse,, Westport Charter Boat Association,, Jim Kerr at Rain Coast Guides and Gig Harbor Fly Shop. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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