Barring additional rain, region's river prospects should improve

Fishing: Lakes still provide solid option for rainbow trout

February 16, 2011 

If we don't get too much rain, rivers in the region should be in good shape. Steelhead anglers will have to head to the Olympic Peninsula or to southwest rivers with Tuesday's closure of the few North Sound river locations that were still open.


Cispus: During the past week, three coho adults and 30 winter-run steelhead were released into the river above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Columbia: There were more anglers on the lower river over the weekend, but still no one is catching any chinook. Sturgeon fishing has been best in the Bonneville Pool, where boat anglers averaged a legal-size fish per boat, said a state report. The Dalles Pool has been producing walleye. Boat anglers averaged slightly over a walleye per rod when including fish released. Bank anglers were also catching some fish.

Cowlitz: The fishing is slowly improving, but still not as consistent as it was before all this high water. The river was running at 9,570 cfs Monday morning with clarity of about 3 feet, said Marshall Borsom of Fish Country. Boat anglers are having the most success catching steelhead, in the Blue Creek area. Borsom said people are using yarn and night crawler, sand shrimp with a bead or jig and bobber.

Olympic Coast: The rivers were unfishable Tuesday, but they should improve before the weekend, said Bob Gooding at Olympic Sporting Goods. The Sol Duc and Calawah should be the first to be in shape to fish, maybe as soon as today.

Tilton: Tacoma Power employees released 13 winter-run steelhead into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Yakima: The river was flowing at 2,300 cfs Tuesday morning and is in good shape. Anglers are seeing some skwala adults on the water. Although the dry-fly action has yet to really get going, some fish are willing to come to the surface, said a report from The Evening Hatch. Nymphing with stoneflies and San Juan worms is still the most productive method.


American: Anglers are catching some kokanee, yellow perch and a few rainbow trout.

Lone: Fly-fishing action has been fair to good. Anglers are catching six to eight fish, most measuring 13-17 inches long.

Mayfield: The lake is still producing some rainbow trout. Successful anglers are fishing off the bottom with Power Eggs and worms.

Riffe: Fishing has been good to very good, when the water is up a little higher, Borsom said. Silvers are biting on worms and cocktail shrimp as usual, but you have to find the right depth.


North Sound: Fishing has been fair in Marine Area 9, with fish weighing 8-15 pounds, said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center. Most anglers are averaging a fish a day. Marine Areas 5 and 6 open to fishing today, with expectations for some good fishing. Jigging for smelt has been good in Oak Harbor.

Tacoma: Anglers had a little luck over the weekend, but fishing is still on the slow side. Trolling and mooching off the clay banks and Point Dalco have been the most productive way to go, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. He said some of the fish have been fairly big, including one weighing 14 pounds, 4 ounces.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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