FISHING REPORT

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comJune 29, 2013 

SALT WATER

Crabbing: Most of the Puget Sound opens for recreational crabbing Monday. The crab fishery will be open Thursdays through Mondays.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials are expecting a good season.

“We continue to see healthy numbers of crab throughout Puget Sound,” said Rich Childers of the WDFW. “With such strong numbers, crabbing should be good from opening day all the way through the end of the summer season.”

Most marine areas remain open through Sept. 2.

The only part of Puget Sound that will remain closed to crabbing is Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands). It begins July 15.

South Sound: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina says fishing in the area has been slow, but some anglers are having luck near the clay banks on the outgoing tide or jigging near Point Evans. The staff warns that traffic likely will be heavy this weekend because of the Taste of Tacoma.

Coast: The Westport Charterboat Association reports fishing was sporadic Thursday, when anglers got back on the water after a two-day hiatus because of weather. Fish are biting more in the morning, and anglers hope the action will increase as the weather improves.

North Sound: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says anglers are gearing up for Monday’s salmon openers in Area 10 (Seattle-Bremerton) and some areas around the San Juan Islands. Chamberlain says reports out of British Columbia have been good, which usually bodes well for anglers in the North Sound. “It looks like it could be a good season,” he said.

LAKES

American: Two weeks after the WDFW stocked the lake with 1,500 rainbow trout, the fish still are biting.

Clear: Kokanee were biting last weekend.

Goodwin: Reports indicated that rainbow trout are biting more regularly than bass.

Munn: Trout are biting occasionally, according to recent reports.

Scanewa: Anglers are doing well catching trout, especially near the shoreline.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House reported earlier this week that anglers are catching rainbows and browns using worms and marshmallows. He also recommended trolling slow with worms and wedding rings. Anglers are hitting their limits on rainbows, some as large as 21/2 pounds.

St. Clair: Bluegill are easy to catch, according to a report on washingtonlakes.com.

Stevens: A good place to try for kokanee. Anglers are doing best at a depth of 35-40 feet.

Tapps: Tiger muskie seem to be hanging out near the weed beds.

Washington: Try the edges of the weed beds for perch. Bass also are biting.

Chelan: The best way to catch trout is trolling the bar at 1.4-1.7 mph while pulling Worden Lure’s Purple Glow Flatfish, said Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service. Trolling near the Yacht Club, the upper end of the trench and the face of Manson Bay also are good spots.

RIVERS

Columbia: Chinook fishing has been hit and miss lately, and shad fishing reports are mixed.

Cowlitz: The WDFW latest sample reports that 57 bank anglers kept one hatchery steelhead and released three adult and one jack chinook. Also, 21 boat anglers kept seven hatchery steelhead and released one adult chinook.

Lewis: The last WDFW report showed that four boat anglers didn’t catch anything.

Skykomish: Drop your line near Reiter Ponds for steelhead or near Monroe for chinook.

craig.hill@thenewstribune.com

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