Fishing Report for July 6

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJuly 6, 2013 

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Summer-run steelhead fishing has been slow, but it is expected to pick up in the next couple of weeks as more fish move into the system.

Nisqually: The action has been slow, at best. There are plenty of people on the water, but few are coming home with fish.

Sol Duc: The river closed to all fishing in the vicinity of Sol Duc Hatchery on Saturday. The closure, in place until further notice, extends from the Sol Duc Hatchery outfall creek upstream to the concrete pump station. The return of spring/summer chinook salmon to the hatchery is well below egg take needs. The closure is needed to protect these chinook until broodstock needs are achieved.

Skykomish: The river still is producing chinook. There are plenty of bright fish willing to put up a fight. Anglers also are catching a few big summer-run steelhead. The action has been best from Sultan downriver to Monroe. Try side-drifting eggs.

Yakima: Fly-fishing has been good this week. Try caddis, yellow Sallys and terrestrial patterns. Also look for summer stoneflies hatching. Flows have steadily risen during the week, reaching 4,000 cubic feet per second Friday morning.

SALT WATER

Fly-fishing: The action for sea-run cutthroat trout remains good in Puget Sound with some big fish being caught. Anglers also are finding some small schools of resident coho salmon close to shore.

Ilwaco: The coho action has been good, with anglers coming home with limits if they spend some extra time on the water.

South Sound: The chinook action has improved in the last week, with fish being caught at a number of locations around Tacoma. Trolling flashers with hoochie and spoons has been effective. In Marine Area 13, an angler landed a 24-pound chinook.

Westport: The chinook fishing has improved this week. People are finding fish off the Quinault Casino in water 65 feet deep. The weather this weekend might work against people in small boats. Check the forecast before heading out.

LAKES

American: Anglers are catching a mix of rainbow trout and kokanee. The best action has been trolling with a pink dodger trailed by a pink hoochie or lure. Reports indicate the fish are holding about 30 feet deep. One angler reported catching a 3-pound kokanee.

Mineral: Anglers have been catching some nice rainbow trout, including a 6-pound fish. Try trolling a black woolly bugger with red flash material. Fishing pink Power Eggs off the bottom also is an effective method.

Offut: Trout fishing has been fair to good. Fish have been hitting garlic Power Eggs, night crawlers or spinners tipped with a night crawler. Some of the trout are weighing up to 2 pounds.

Silver: The action has been best for warm-water species such as catfish in the shallows, largemouth bass hanging in the weeds and crappie in the evening. The trout are hanging in the cooler water on the bottom.

Spanaway: Dock anglers are landing limits of trout, including some brown trout up to 3 pounds, using a worm fished off the bottom. Boat anglers are catching some limits with worms and marshmallows, but anglers have to compete with the other recreational boat traffic. Fish are holding deeper because of all the surface activity.

Tanwax: Fishing has been a little on the slow side. People are catching mostly perch as well as some trout. Worms fished under a little bit of weight are working best for the perch.

Contributors: Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, gamefishin.com, Westport Charter Boat Association, Tom Pollack at Sportco, washingtonlakes.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort, Rainbow RV Resort, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort and Bill Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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