Fishing Report for July 3

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJuly 3, 2013 

RIVERS

Green: The steelhead action is slowly improving. The Flaming Geyser State Park and state Route 18 bridge area have been the best spots. Bank anglers should try sand shrimp on a jig or under a bobber, or spinners and spoons. Boat anglers are having the best success, pulling plugs.

Naches: The fishing has been good for cutthroat trout. Use any terrestrial pattern in size 10. The river level is still high enough to float with a raft.

Nisqually: There have been few reports, but indications are the action has yet to get started. People are seeing chinook on the surface but just aren’t finding any fish willing to take the bait.

SOL DUC: There are summer-run steelhead and sea-run cutthroat in the lower river, and trout can be caught up high. There have been reports of a few sockeye and spring chinook being caught as well.

Skykomish: This seems to be the best option among the North Sound rivers. People are catching a mix of steelhead and chinook. People are having success with eggs for salmon and pink jigs for steelhead.

Yakima: The evening dry-fly fishing has been good to very good in the lower canyon. The warm weather should start the stonefly hatch, which also makes for good dry-fly action.

SALT WATER

South Sound: Point Dalco, the Girl Scout camp and the clay banks are producing chinook. Jigging with Point Wilson Darts has been the best method. People who are trolling are having to contend with seals. The crab fishing got off to a good start on Monday’s one-day opener. People are reporting landing plenty of limits. After being closed Tuesday and Wednesday, the season begins its normal Thursday-Monday schedule.

Westport: The salmon fishing has been on the slow side, with charter and private boats working to locate the fish. The best reports have been north toward the casino.

LAKES

American: The trout fishing has been very good, even for anglers targeting kokanee. The trout were hitting a trolled green spinner tipped with maggots, or a red Wedding Ring tipped with corn or a worm. The trout being caught seem to be recently planted, measuring 10-11 inches.

Banks: The walleye fishing has been steady if not spectacular. Most of the fish are being taken using lightweight spinner-nightcrawler setups. Fish the north end of the lake in water 10-15 feet deep.

Cle Elum: Starting Wednesday, the state is enforcing a slot limit for kokanee. Anglers can keep kokanee measuring a minimum of 7 inches and a maximum size limit of 14 inches. The move was made to protect reintroduced seagoing sockeye salmon in the upper Cle Elum Basin. The same rule applies to Cooper Lake in Kittitas County.

Leech: Trout anglers are having a lot of success fishing a beadhead hare’s ear nymph behind an olive woolly bugger on an intermediate sink line or behind a parachute Adams on a floating line.

Long: The lake is producing a few rainbow trout. One angler reported having some success trolling with a worm behind a small sinker.

Pass: Fly anglers are having success in the evening on these hot, clear days. Try trolling with an olive-colored streamer on a sinking line. The rainbows have been about 16 inches.

Tapps: The action for tiger muskies is picking up. Look for the fish holding along the weed beds and on the rocky points. One angler said he has success using a Rapala Super Shad Rap in perch pattern or a Ducktail inline spinner.

Contributors: Curt Reed at Waters West, washingtonlakes.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, gamefishin.com, angler Kevin Bye, Westport Charter Boat Association, Daniel Bravo at Auburn Sports and Marine, Big Wally’s Tackle Shop. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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