For best action, try bagging steelhead

Fishing: Bogachiel or Wynoochee top rivers for steelhead results; salmon outlook best at North Sound spots

February 12, 2011 

It seems as though the fishing has been consistent, good one day or bad the next, no matter the area. Some of the best reports have come from the Wynoochee for steelhead, Spanaway Lake for trout and the North Sound for salmon.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: People are reporting slow action this week, based in reports on Gamefishin.com. Seems as if folks have been concentrating on the Blue Creek area but coming up empty more often than not.

Olympic Coast: The rivers are running low and clear. The Bogachiel is producing good catches of wild steelhead as well as some hatchery fish. The Hoh is running close to normal levels for this time of year.

Satsop: The river has been off and on. The flow has been very low and clear, so small gear is the way to go, said Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service. He said jigs under floats are always productive in low flows.

North Sound: These are the final days to fish some of the terminal areas. They are scheduled to close Tuesday.

Wynoochee: Steelhead fishing has been fair to good for hatchery and wild fish. River flows were fairly low but have stabilized, Stephens said. He said some fish topping 20 pounds have been caught.

Yakima: Expect the river to be a bit higher than normal and a little green this weekend. But don’t let that keep you away because conditions are ripe for some good early spring nymph fishing, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop. Use Skwala nymphs, maybe with a San Juan worm as a trailer.

LAKES

Offut: Anglers were catching some rainbow trout. Boat anglers had a bit of luck trolling a red Wedding Ring tipped with a worm. Bank anglers are using worms or PowerBait.

Riffe: The action has been on the slow side, according to online reports. Bank anglers have had limited success using worms or shrimp.

Rufus Woods: Cold temperatures and wind made fishing conditions tough, but the fish have been cooperating, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. Try fishing near the pens with rainbow PowerBait and Gulp eggs fished on the bottom.

Sammamish: For folks wanting to catch cutthroat trout, this lake might be worth the drive. People are coming away with good stringers, with some fish approaching 20 inches. Trolling with a small flasher trailed by a hoochie has worked well.

Spanaway: Boat anglers have been catching some limits of rainbow and brown trout. Some of the browns are measuring almost 20 inches and weighing 3 pounds. Still-fishing seems to be the way to go, said Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse.

SALT WATER

Clams: The next razor clam dig starts Thursday at Twin Harbors. That beach also will be open Friday and Feb. 19, along with Copalis, Mocrocks, Long Beach and Kalaloch.

No digging will be allowed before noon on any of the five razor clam beaches.

Fly-fishing: The beach action has been consistent around the Key Peninsula. The fish seem to be a bit bigger in recent days, averaging about 14 inches. Try using dark Shock and Awes and Mini Ceivers and small shrimp patterns, said David Dietrich at Puget Sound Fly Co.

Some resident silvers have been showing up north around Whidbey Island.

North Sound: The fish seem to be spread throughout the area. There are reports of fish being caught at Double Bluff, Point No Point and Hat Island. The action around the San Juan Islands seems to have slowed some.

Smelt are being caught at Coronet Bay and Oak Harbor.

Tacoma: The salmon action was fair Wednesday, but slow Thursday, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Trolling flashers and spoons, hoochies or herring are the best methods, but anglers are having to cover a lot of water. He said no one area has been the most productive.

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

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