Fishing Report for Jan. 8

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJanuary 8, 2014 

RIVERS

Columbia: Boat anglers are catching some steelhead in the John Day Pool. In the Bonneville Pool, when including fish released, boat anglers averaged one legal size sturgeon every 11.4 rods while bank anglers averaged one every 26 rods.

Cowlitz: The action remains slow for steelhead. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 161 coho salmon, 32 coho jacks and 111 winter-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Nisqually: Fishing has been off and on, with people coming home with chum salmon one day and nothing the next. Scented corkies and yarn have been the most effective.

Olympic Coast: The Hoh has been the one bright spot for hatchery steelhead. A few native fish are starting to show up, but the action overall has been fair at best.

Skookumchuck: Fishing has been slow, in part because the water is low and clear.

Snoqualmie: The river is producing some steelhead, but the action is far from hot. Most people are drifting pink jigs under a float. The action has been best when visibility has been 4-5 feet.

Tilton: During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 28 coho adults, seven coho jacks, three winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Yakima: Fish are holding in the deep slots, meaning you will have to spend some time getting a good drift over these spots. Look for fish holding in water 7-8 feet deep when it is cold, and in water about 3 feet deep at the top of runs when it warms up.

LAKES

American: People are catching some rainbow trout and a few smallmouth bass. Black plastic worms has been effective.

Battle Ground: This lake was recently stocked with 41 fish averaging 5 pounds each and 35 weighing 10 pounds each. Might make for a good day trip.

Cady: The lake has been able to avoid ice that has hit other lakes, but the trout fishing has been on the slow side.

Fort Borst: The Centralia lake was stocked with 437 fish averaging 1.4 pounds last week.

Kitsap: People are catching a few rainbow trout. Try using a combination of rainbow PowerBait and orange Gulp eggs fished off the bottom.

SALT WATER

Belfair State Park: The park is open to the digging of all clams through Aug. 31. Surveys show the clam population can support a much longer season in 2014. Oyster season remains open year-round, including the newly health-certified area.

Fort Flagler State Park: Beaches are open to digging of all clams and oysters through April 15, and May 15-Dec. 31. The split season avoids a one-month seaweed season at Fort Flagler.

Point Whitney Lagoon: This beach near Brinnon is open to digging of all clams through March 15.

South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 13 has been very slow. Fishing in Marine Area 11 is closed except for fishing from the local docks. Squid action has been hit and miss. Some blackmouth are being caught in Marine Area 10, based on creel samples.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Waters West Flyfishing Outfitters, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, washingtonflyfishing.com, washingtonlakes.com. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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