American, Kapowsin lakes yielding fish

Fishing: Columbia River numbers best since the early 1970s

July 28, 2010 

There have been some good reports of angler success, including kokanee on American Lake and panfish on Kapowsin Lake.

On the Columbia River, a state report said there an estimated 33,900 salmonid angler trips below Bonneville Dam that resulted in a 3,400 steelhead kept in June. That was the highest since at least the early 1970s.

RIVERS

Columbia: The effort and catch rates in the lower river were similar to the previous week.

Last week, a state creel check of 1,594 bank anglers from Bonneville Dam downstream found they had six adult summer chinook, 360 steelhead and one sockeye, an average of a salmonid kept/released per every 4.3 rods. Of the 446 boat anglers checked, they had three adult and one jack summer chinook and 110 steelhead, an average of a salmonid kept/released per every 3.9 rods. Sturgeon fishing has been fair, with better success in the Deep River-Knappton stretch.

Cowlitz: The fishing has been fair. The bite has been off the last few days, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country, likely because the water level dropped this last week to 3,570 cfs. A few summer-run steelhead are being caught, but it has been tough fishing. Boat anglers mostly are using divers with coon-striped shrimp, while bank anglers are trying sand shrimp, corkies and yarn or jig and bobber.

Kalama: The river is very clear, forcing anglers to use smaller gear, said Wayne Orzel at Pritchard’s Western Angler. He said some anglers are using beads to attract the summer-run steelhead.

Lewis: Online reports indicate some anglers are catching summer-run steelhead on the North Fork Lewis. One report recommended using pink worms.

Yakima: The river has fished very good in the early morning and the late evening hours. The summer heat has made fishing less productive during the middle of the day, said Jim Gallagher of Yakima River Fly Shop. There have been good hatches of caddis flies and summer stoneflies, particularly downstream from Ellensburg. Folks looking for larger fish are using streamers like a natural colored sculpin.

LAKES

American: There have been good reports of anglers catching limits of kokanee. Look for the fish starting about 20 feet down in water 40 to 80 feet deep, said one report on Washingtonlakes.com.

Chelan: Trolling the indeterminate flat below the Bar for lake trout in the mid-morning has been the key to success. Try using a T-4 Flatfish in purple glow or a glow Kingfisher Lite spoon off downriggers, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service.

Kapowsin: The panfish action has been very good in the last week. An angler landed a 1 pound, 2 ounce bluegill on a worm. The trout fishing has become a quality not quantity game. One rainbow brought in last week was a 3-pounder.

Fishing topwater plugs really slow has been the key to hitting largemouth bass, said Harry Erickson at Erickson Boat Rentals.

Mayfield: The lake is still producing good numbers of trout. Try using Wedding Rings tipped with worm or corn, or Power Bait and worms fished off the bottom. The tiger muskie fishing is still a bit slow.

Riffe: The fishing has been a lot slower than a few weeks ago, but anglers are still catching some nice landlocked silvers, it’s just taking longer to get those limits, Borsom said.

SALTWATER

Neah Bay: Fog and large tidal changes over the weekend made for tough conditions and fishing, reported Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. He said those boats able to make to Swiftsure Bank were able to find salmon. Closer to shore, the rockfish and ling cod action was good.

Tacoma: The salmon fishing has been slow since the weekend, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Only a few fish are being brought in each day. Sunday, for example, 286 anglers who were checked by the state at Point Defiance had just 11 chinook and two coho.

Crabbing has been fair. Look to get your pots in deeper water, he said.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

Jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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