Improvement on the horizon

Fishing: Clearer rivers in a day or two should bring back fish

January 26, 2011 

Rivers anglers might want to wait another day or two before heading out, but there are good reports from the Olympic Coast and North Sound waters. Lake anglers have a number of good options right now.

RIVERS

Columbia: Sturgeon fishing has been best in the Bonneville Pool, where boat anglers averaged one legal fish for every two rods, and bank anglers averaged one for every 5.8 rods, said a state report. Walleye anglers averaged a fish per rod in the John Day Pool. On the upper river, an eighth-ounce Worden’s Maxi Jig in the Calypso pattern fished under a bobber baited with Pautzke Fire Cured shrimp has been very effective for steelhead, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service..

Cowlitz: High and dirty water has slowed the action and kept most people off the river. The river was flowing at 17,000 cfs below Mayfield Dam on Tuesday morning. There were reports several bank anglers near Blue Creek were catching steelhead, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. When the river drops and clears, try bobber and jig or corky and yarn.

North Sound: The Skykomish is dropping and there are some fish in the Reiter Ponds area, Chamberlain said. On the Snoqualmie River, the Tokul Creek area also is producing some fish. He expects the upper rivers to be in better shape by Thursday.

Olympic Peninsula: The upper rivers are in good shape, especially the Sol Duc, but watch for rapids. The lower stretches should come into shape later this week. When they do, consider the Bogachiel and the Hoh.

LAKES

Lone: Chironomids and small leeches are producing double-digit catches of rainbow trout for fly anglers.

Offut: Dock anglers are catching some nice rainbow trout with PowerBait or worms fished off the bottom with about a 2-foot leader.

Riffe: The lake is producing some catches of coho lately, with the water level being up. Borsom said he has heard of people catching fish on the Mossyrock side and the dam side. Worms and cocktail shrimp are effective baits.

Sammamish: People are catching cutthroat trout, most measuring 13-21 inches.

SALT WATER

Fly-fishing: The Purdy Spit and Olalla areas are producing sea-run cutthroat trout and a few resident coho, said Justin Tenzler at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. The Purdy area has more fish, while Olalla has bigger fish.

North Sound: Marine Area 9 is fishing fair, with some fish in the 8-to-15-pound range being caught. Most boats are catching a fish or two each day, said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center. The Hat Island area in Marine Area 8-2 is producing more fish.

Tacoma: Squidding is fair off local docks. South of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge remains very slow.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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