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Fishing: Shunk Bay and Foulweather Bluff producing salmon; lakes yield rainbow

February 9, 2011 

There seems to be some more positive reports coming from area waters. Anglers may want to make the trip to Skunk Bay and Foulweather Bluff for salmon. The Olympic Coast rivers are in good shape and giving up some steelhead. Local lakes, including American, are good choices for rainbow trout.

LAKES

American: Some anglers are catching their limits of rainbow trout. Try trolling with a Wedding Ring tipped with a nightcrawler. Look for fish in shallow and warmer water during the afternoon. Anglers also are catching some kokanee and yellow perch.

Kitsap: This lake near Bremerton is another one giving up some good catches of trout. The rainbow are hitting baits and lures trolled close to the bottom, according to a report on Washingtonlakes.com.

Offut: The lake is producing consistent catches of trout. Local anglers and co-worker Bruce Drysdale said he has had consistent luck with worms fished off the bottom from the dock.

Potholes: Anglers have been catching walleye fishing the humps around Goose Island near the face of the dam, said Mike Meseberg of MarDon Resort. Swimbaits are hooking walleye off the resort docks.

Nahwatzel: This Mason County lake has been producing good catches of trout, as has Spencer. Try trolling a little spoon or Wedding Ring tipped with a nightcrawler.

RIVERS

Columbia: Anglers are catching some spring chinook in the lower river, including one officially checked Saturday near St. Helens, Ore. The river below the mouth of the Cowlitz is turbid. While the number of sturgeon anglers in the lower river is on the rise, the best success has been in the Bonneville Pool.

Cowlitz: The action is still not red-hot, but the pressure is picking up, said Karen Glaser at Barrier Dam Campground. The best action has been down at Blue Creek. Try sand shrimp, corkies and yarn or jigs and bobbers, all laden with scent. The river flow is down to about 10,800 cfs.

Lewis: Anglers are catching some steelhead in the East Fork but have to cover some water to find the fish.

Olympic Coast: The rivers are in good shape, meaning the steelhead action should improve, said Jim Kerr of Rain Coast Guides. The Sol Duc and Calawah have been the best choices recently, but the Hoh and Bogachiel are getting better.

Wynoochee: The action has been on the slow side, said Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center. Anglers are telling him they are catching a fish here and there, but nothing consistent.

Yakima: Flows are back up over 3,300 cfs after rain in the upper-river drainage late last week, said a report from The Evening Hatch. When the water is clear, the fishing has been fair to good. Try San Juan worms or Pat’s stonefly patterns in black or brown.

SALT WATER

Hood Canal: There are a lot of shakers at the south end, but few legal-size fish are being caught.

North Sound: Foulweather Bluff at the northern tip of Kitsap Peninsula has been productive for blackmouth – mostly 7 to 15 pounds, with one 23-pounder reported, said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center. He said fish are also being caught off the Possession Bar area, Pilot Point and Point No Point areas. Coronet Bay and Oak Harbor are producing good catches of smelt.

Tacoma: The action for salmon remains slow, but some fish are being caught, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Those anglers having luck are trolling off Quartermaster Harbor or from the Les Davis Pier to the grain elevators.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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