Fishing Report for July 24

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJuly 24, 2013 

SALT WATER

South Sound: People are starting to catch pink salmon at various locations, including Dash Point State Park (already attracting a crowd) and Browns Point. Remember, pink is the color for your gear and flies. Crab fishing has been good with some people bringing up limits.

Strait of Juan de Fuca: Fishing remains very good for chinook, coho and pink salmon. Saturday at Olson’s Resort in Sekiu, a state creel sample of 206 anglers showed a catch of 130 chinook, 10 coho and 61 pinks. The action seems to have slowed off Port Townsend.

Westport: Chinook fishing was good to very good over the weekend. Anglers were finding schools of chinook northwest of Ocean Shores, in water 35 feet deep. Some of the fish were weighing up to 20 pounds. The better action has been for coho when anglers are out deeper, in about 130 feet of water.

Rivers

Columbia: Last week the state sampled 1,981 anglers who had caught 726 steelhead, four adult and four jack summer chinook and four sockeye. Bank anglers are catching some steelhead in The Dalles Pool. Sturgeon fishing also has been slow, with some legal-size fish being caught below Bonneville Dam.

Cowlitz: Fishing is showing signs of improvement, but it is still hit and miss. There are plenty of fish in the river, the problem has been getting them to bite. A state creel check of 20 bank anglers showed they kept 19 mini-jack chinook and one cutthroat trout, while 74 boat anglers kept 43 steelhead and released one cutthroat.

Lewis: Steelhead fishing remains slow in the mainstem and the North Fork.

Nisqually: There have been no reports of anyone catching salmon, but anglers are reporting they are catching cutthroat using worms drifted through deep holes or casting spinners.

Yakima: While the evening caddis hatches are slacking a bit, trout seem to be turning their attention to grasshopper patterns during the day. River flows are still high, around 4,550 cubic feet per second, so cast your dry flies close to the bank.

LAKES

Alder: People are bringing home some catches of kokanee. Trolling with Wedding Rings in pink or red is working best.

American: The lake has been producing good catches of yellow perch. People are using worms fished off the bottom, or perch meat once they catch some fish. The trout and kokanee action has been good, especially trolling near the island.

Clear (Pierce): The kokanee action has been fair to good. Try a Dick Nite’s pink splatter dodger followed by a pink bladed hoochie. The fish seem to be holding in water 60-80 feet deep.

Coldwater: Rainbow trout fishing has been good to very good, although the fish aren’t very large. Most are measuring 12-14 inches. Try a Carey Special or an olive Woolly Bugger.

Riffe: The action has been good to very good for landlocked silver salmon. Worms, corn and/or cocktail shrimp all are producing fish. The key is getting your bait down deep where the fish are holding.

Tapps: Reports indicate the smallmouth bass action has been fair to good. Try a lipless Rat-L-Trap crankbait, in a chrome color pattern. Look for tiger muskies hanging around the rocky points and amid the weed beds.

Ward: Kokanee fishing has been fair. Some people are having success using a red/silver flasher followed by a mini squid tipped with a worm.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, John Keizer of saltpatrol.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, gamefishin.com, Westport Charter Boat Association, washingtonlakes.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Len Throop at Eatonville Outdoors, Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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