Fishing Report for July 10

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJuly 10, 2013 

RIVERS

Cedar: The trout fishing has been fair to good, especially early or late in the day. Dry flies will produce smaller rainbows. For bigger fish, use double nymph rigs with a large stonefly and a smaller nymph such as a flashback pheasant tail.

Columbia: People are catching some chinook and sockeye in the upper river. Use Hot Spot flashers and Super Baits with tuna for chinook. Target the river off the mouth of the Okanogan River or below Wells Dam. For sockeye, a Mack’s Lures mini-Cha Cha Squidder is a good way to start.

Green: Steelhead action has been on the slow side. The upper river, upstream from Flaming Geyser State Park, has been best. With the water low and clear, use smaller gear and flies.

Nisqually: Most online reports indicate people still are not catching any salmon.

Wynoochee: A few steelhead are being caught, with the action slowed a bit by low water levels. Try using a nightmare-pattern jig under a bobber, or small clusters of eggs or corkies.

Yakima: The trout fishing has been good during the day and very good in the evening. Fish a heavy nymph in the current seams during the day as the fish are holding in the cooler, faster water. In the evening, be ready with your caddis dry fly.

SALT WATER

Ballard Locks: The sockeye count as of Sunday was 130,038 fish. The highest daily count so far was 12,936 sockeye on June 23. While the run has already exceeded the preseason forecast of 96,866 fish, it is well below the 350,000 fish needed to open fishing on Lake Washington.

South Sound: Anglers checked by the state at Tacoma area boat ramps are catching some chinook — just not very many. Checks of 305 anglers at Point Defiance on Saturday showed they had brought in just 13 salmon. Creel reports indicate the action in Marine Area 13 was slow last week. Crabbing in that area, however, has been good to very good.

Westport: The action picked up Monday, with a number of charter boats bringing in limits of chinook as well as a few coho. The best action has been farther out, about 12 miles northwest of the mouth of Grays Harbor.

LAKES

Chelan: The best action for lake trout is trolling the trench and the face of Manson Bay. For bigger fish, try the bar early and late in the day. Look for the fish in water 130-150 feet deep.

Cushman: The kokanee fishing has been fair to good. A white hoochie trolled behind a chartreuse mini flasher has been an effective setup. Look for the fish holding 50 feet down in water about 75 feet deep.

Kapowsin: The lake is producing some limits of rainbow trout, and some largemouth bass. For the trout, trying trolling a green Wedding Ring tipped with a worm.

Munn: The trout action has good, particularly when the sun is not hitting the water. Lots of fish 16-18 inches long are being caught, as well as some fish weighing close to 5 pounds.

Spencer: People are catching some nice trout trolling with pink Wedding Rings with a hammered nickle or brass blade. People who prefer to still-fish are using worms or Power Bait fished just off the bottom.

Tapps: The muskie fishing has been good, as long as you aren’t looking for big fish. A lot of fish measuring close to 30 inches are being caught in recent days. Try casting large crankbaits along docks in deeper water.

Contributors: Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, washingtonlakes.com, Westport Charter Boat Association, gamefishin.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center and Puget Sound Fly Co. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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