Harstine, Seabeck worth a try

Fishing: With water levels high, payoff for lake trout rewarding

April 9, 2011 

If you have the urge to go fishing, do so before the rains return tonight as predicted. The local lakes that are open have been producing good catches of trout. River fishing is a little trickier because many are still high.

RIVERS

Columbia: In case you missed the announcement on blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure, anglers can fish for hatchery spring chinook through Friday. Fishery managers are to meet again Thursday to determine whether to allow additional fishing time.

Cowlitz: Anglers are still having some good days for steelhead and also are picking up the occasional spring chinook. Flows below Mayfield Dam were 11,100 cfs Friday morning. The best methods have been side-drifting with eggs, shrimp or corkies and yarn, said Rob Sween of R&K Guide Service.

Olympic Coast: River levels have been dropping the last few days so the action should be fairly good this weekend in advance of the final week of fishing on the Hoh. The Bogachiel, Sol Duc and Calawah are scheduled to close at the end of the month.

Yakima: This might be the weekend to try somewhere else. The water is clear around Cle Elum, but the flows are very high and the fishing is difficult, according to a report from Red’s Fly Shop. The gauge at Untanum was recording flows of 6,460 cfs Friday morning.

SALT WATER

Fly-fishing: Cutthroat trout fishing has really picked up in the South Sound in the last week, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. Look for rocky beaches, oysters, sand dollars and other signs of life. Purple and olive Shock and Awes are working very well.

Hood Canal: There are some good-size blackmouth being caught, some topping 15 pounds. Look for fish around Seabeck and Hazel Point.

North Sound: Salmon fishing has been very slow.

South Sound: Some fish are finally being caught in the area. That’s the first such report in a long time. Look for fish around Harstine Island, said Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center.

Strait of Juan de Fuca: The best action has been off Sekiu and around Port Angeles, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center. This is the last weekend in these two areas; both close to fishing after Sunday.

Tacoma: An occasional chinook is being caught, but the action is still slow, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Try trolling plugs off the clay banks.

LAKES

American: The lake has been producing good catches of kokanee, including some limits. Try trolling Wedding Rings tipped with maggots. Some anglers are doing really well using PowerBait maggots fished 20-30 feet down, said Randy Anderson of Sportco.

Cady: Leech patterns seem to be the best way to go. Use them in maroon or blood colors, Srivastava said.

Harts: The lake is already producing some good catches of bass, including a 6- and 8-pounder, said Carol Parsons of Harts Lake Resort.

Lenice: For those anglers wanting to head east, this lake has been very good in recent days. Try fishing small chironomids in size 16-18 for a mix of rainbows, browns and tiger trout, Chamberlain said.

Offut: Fishing has been spotty, but some people have been catching limits of trout in the afternoon. Try using PowerBait or worms. A 6-pound brown trout was caught earlier in the week, said a staffer at Offut Lake Resort.

Spanaway: Still-fishing the southeast side is producing rainbows weighing 11/2-2 pounds. Use a short leader to keep your bait near the bottom, said Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse. Also try trolling Rapalas or Wedding Rings down the center of the lake; go below 5 feet for the browns.

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

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