FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJuly 17, 2013 

LAKES

Chelan: The edges of the bar, the upper end of the trench and the face of Manson Bay have been the best to hook lake trout. Those spots have consistently held fish willing to bite.

Offut: Trout fishing has been best in the cool of the morning. Try PowerBait and night crawlers. The bass and perch fishing is picking up. Crappie jigs and night crawlers are effective for the perch.

Silver: Largemouth bass action has been good to very good, some weighing 3-6 pounds. The crappie action also has been very good, especially at sunset. Trolling Wedding Rings with a worm right above the grass line has been producing catfish. The action is best early or late in the day.

Tanwax: Bass fishing has been good, with people using worms or jigs. The crappie and perch are plentiful, but small. Crappie jigs tipped with worms have been working best. The trout are holding deep in the cooler water, but hitting Wedding Rings tipped with worms.

RIVERS

Columbia: Steelhead fishing was fair to excellent below Bonneville Dam over the weekend. Boat anglers had the highest catch rates in the estuary, where anglers averaged 1.9 steelhead, 0.11 sockeye and 0.06 chinook caught per boat. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.75 steelhead and one chinook caught per boat. Anglers in the Portland to Westport, Ore., area averaged 0.61 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers had the best success in the estuary, where they averaged 0.40 steelhead caught per angler. Fishing the upper river at the mouth of the Okanogan River is producing chinook and sockeye.

Cowlitz: Reports from various sources indicate the fishing is very slow. A few steelhead are being caught from the barrier dam down to Blue Creek, but it has been a struggle.

Kalama: As of Tuesday, anglers may retain hatchery spring chinook through July 31. The opening covers the river from the boundary markers at the mouth to 1,000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery. The state reopened the fishery after the hatchery escapement broodstock goal was met.

Olympic Coast: Fishing for summer-run steelhead has been good with some bright fish being caught in the Bogachiel and Calawah. There are steelhead and sea-run cutthroat in the lower river and trout high on the Sol Duc.

Yakima: With flows around 4,300 cubic feet per second at Untanum, the best action has been fishing dry flies close to the bank in the lower canyon section. Stimulators have been an effective pattern. If you fish the Farmlands section, work around the islands and side channels.

SALT WATER

South Sound: Salmon fishing has slowed, based on a creel samples and angler reports. Look for the bait congregating off the clay banks and the flats off the boathouse. Some of the first pink salmon of the year were caught over the weekend. Crabbing off Tacoma remains fair, with some people bringing in limits. Creel checks at Zittel’s Marina over the weekend showed no salmon caught.

Strait of Juan de Fuca: The waters between Sekiu and Port Angeles are the place to be right now. Anglers continue to catch a mix of chinook, coho and pink salmon. At the Port Angeles boat ramp Saturday, for example, 173 anglers were checked by the state. They had brought in 80 chinook, 18 coho and 258 pinks.

Westport: Fishing over the weekend was fair to good. Anglers were finding schools of chinook fishing straight out from the harbor in 160 feet of water. Most fish hit a Pautzke’s green-brined herring or a Silver Horde Irish Flag Kingfisher Lite spoon.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, John Keizer of Salt Patrol, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, gamefishin.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Marina, The Evening Hatch, Curt Reed at Waters West, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Bill Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort, Rainbow RV Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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