FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJune 22, 2013 

SALT WATER

Ilwaco: Fishing last week was fair. The state creel sample showed 638 anglers brought in 399 chinook.

South Sound: The best action seems to be at Point Evans, with anglers using jigs at slack tide regardless of the time of day. There have been reports from Gig Harbor and up to the Scout camp on Vashon Island as well as off the clay banks. People are catching a few blackmouth off Devil’s Head and the south end of Anderson Island.

Westport: The fishing has been a little on the slow side, with the best bite just off the bar in the morning. Look for the fish in shallow water, starting at 40 feet. Lots of people are running a herring 48-60 inches behind a flasher. A 21-pound, 13-ounce chinook was landed this week, the largest of the season in the contest sponsored by the charter boat association.

LAKES

Chelan: Trolling early in the morning near the Chelan Yacht Club is producing good numbers of lake trout. Fish close to the bottom in water 240-340 feet deep. Fishing the face of Manson Bay also has been productive at times.

Mineral: The trout fishing has been good to very good. People are having some success still-fishing with worms and Power Bait. Others are having success trolling Cha Cha Squidders in pink, orange or purple.

Offut: Mornings and evenings have produced the best results. Fishing a mix of Power Bait and worm on a 3-foot leader has been a good method. Trolling a spinner tipped with a worm also has been productive.

Omak: Trolling Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite spoons around 1.6 mph is producing lots of Lahontan cutthroat trout. This fishery is known for its numbers and the potential for extraordinary size.

Spencer: This lake and most others in the Shelton area have been fishing really well. Try Power Bait, night crawlers, or trolling with woolly buggers in olive and black.

Tanwax: The trout fishing has been picking up, and people also are catching some perch and bass. Trout anglers are using Wedding Rings tipped with worms or worms and marshmallows.

RIVERS

Columbia: Anglers must release any sturgeon they catch from the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to The Dalles Dam. Washington and Oregon agreed Tuesday to close the retention fishery for white sturgeon in stages Thursday and Friday. The move was made to keep those areas within annual harvest limits. The shad count at Bonneville Dam was 220,108 a week ago, and had fallen to 34,824 on Thursday.

Green: The fishing has been very slow. Boat anglers are using plugs, divers and sand shrimp, while bank anglers are using jigs and bobbers.

Naches: The fishing for cutthroat trout has been good, but the water level is still high enough that wading is difficult. Try an elk hair caddis dry fly, with a small nymph underneath it.

Skykomish: The river is producing some steelhead and chinook. Spoons and spinners work well for steelhead if people are fishing from shore. From the boat, try side-drifting eggs.

Wynoochee: The steelhead fishing has been slow.

Yakima: The dry-fly fishing remains very good to excellent. Cloudy days are bringing out hatches of pale morning duns, while the caddis are hatching in the evenings.

Contributors: Westport Charter Boat Association, Walt Harvey of Verle’s Sports Center, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Evening Hatch, Red’s Fly Shop, Mineral Lake Resort, Tom Pollock at Sportco, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, steelhead university.com, Zittel’s Marina, Auburn Sports and Marine, Rainbow RV Resort, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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