Spring-break treat: More rainbows in area lakes

FISHING: Salmon fishing picking up on rivers; blackmouth OK

March 26, 2011 

The state has planted a number of rainbow trout in lakes in Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Kitsap and Grays Harbor counties to offer spring-break fishing opportunities. Here is the plan:

Pierce County: Bradley Lake in Puyallup received 2,000 rainbows measuring 10-11 inches. The lake is open year-round, but from May 15 through June 7 the lake is only open to anglers under 15.

Thurston County: Long’s Pond received 2,000 rainbows measuring 10-11 inches and 200 trout measuring 14-16 inches. Only juvenile anglers under 15 can fish at Long’s Pond, which is open year-round.

Grays Harbor County: Lake Sylvia received 4,800 catchable-size rainbows 7-9 inches long, while Duck Lake and Vance Creek Pond No. 1 will receive 4,300 trout of similar size. Each lake also will be planted with several hundred larger trout – averaging 3 to 4 pounds each – that were reared under a cooperative project with the Chehalis Basin Task Force. Vance Creek Pond No. 1 opens today and will be open to April 10 for anglers under 15, seniors 70 and older, and anglers with a disability who have a WDFW reduced-fee license or a designated harvester card.

Kitsap County: Island Lake received 1,900 rainbows 8-10 inches long and 200 cutthroat trout weighing about 1 pound each.

Mason County: Lost Lake received 4,700 rainbows 8-10 long and 400 cutthroat trout weighing about 1 pound each. Spencer Lake received 5,000 rainbows 8-10 inches long and 900 cutthroat weighing about 1 pound each.

SALT WATER

North Sound: The San Juan Islands are producing some large blackmouth, including a 27-pounder caught off the west side of Orcas Island by Tony Floor of Northwest Marine Trade Association. Elsewhere, Green Bank near Baby Island has been producing some fish.

Sekiu: Fishing has been good, even with light pressure. Some of the blackmouth are weighing around 15 pounds, said Donnalynn Olson at Olson’s Resort.

Tacoma: Salmon fishing has been very slow, despite some increased pressure late this week, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina.

RIVERS

Columbia: A number of guides are reporting the spring-chinook action is improving. According to a state report, almost all of the catch sampled last week was from the Lewis River upstream.

Cowlitz: The river is finally producing some good spring-steelhead fishing as well as some spring chinook at the barrier dam, said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center. Drifting baits has been the most effective method.

Olympic Coast: The rivers are in good shape and the fishing has been fair to good, said Bob Gooding at Olympic Sporting Goods. The Bogachiel and Calawah are fishing well. The Sol Duc has been OK and the Hoh has been slow, based on the catch during a Wounded Warrior event held Thursday. Each boat brought in at least one fish.

Yakima: The lower river has cleared, so action in the canyon stretch should be good this weekend. A report from a staffer at Red’s Fly Shop said the dry fly action, especially on skwala patterns, has finally picked up.

LAKES

Black: Trout fishing has been fair to good. Try using PowerBait fished off the bottom.

Offut: The fishing has improved, especially as the water warms up in afternoons, said an Offut Lake Resort staffer. Pink or green PowerBait with a worm is working for dock anglers. Slowly trolling a green Wedding Ring tipped with a worm also is working.

Spanaway: Trolling with a 3-inch Rapala in the rainbow pattern is producing brown trout 16-19 inches. PowerBait fished on a short leader off the bottom is producing some rainbow trout, said Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse.

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

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