Fishing Report for Jan. 11

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJanuary 11, 2014 

LAKES

Chelan: Trolling the trench, in water 190-245 feet deep, has been effective for lake trout. Fish Silver Horde Ace Hi Flies, Needlefish Squiddys and Kingfisher Lite spoons within 5 feet of the bottom have produced fish weighing 2-5 pounds. For rainbow trout from shore, try Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire on a 30-inch leader from the docks and shore at Mill Bay.

Offut: People are consistently catching trout, mainly midday, with occasional limits. Most people are fishing dough baits off the bottom on a 2-foot leader.

Potholes: Ice fishing in Lind Coulee has been very popular, with reports of some perch, walleye and burbot being caught. Shore anglers are taking advantage of the open water at Medicare Beach, and are catching some rainbows up to 4 pounds.

Roses: This Chelan-area lake has safe ice depths and is being fished by a few people. The action has been fairly slow for planter rainbows.

Spanaway: The few people who have been out are catching a few brown trout, most of which are 18-23 inches long. The most effective setup is worm and marshmallow.

Washington: Look for cutthroat trout holding about 40 feet down. Anglers have been catching some fish at the south end of Mercer Island, trolling pink hoochies tipped with Berkley Gulp maggots.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Fishing has been fair with some decently-sized fish being caught. The best action for steelhead has been in the Blue Creek area. Side-drifting small bait has been effective at Blue Creek.

Nisqually: People are catching some chum salmon. Bobber-and-jig fishing from the bank or a boat has been productive. Back-trolling has been working as well.

Olympic Coast: The rain is good and will bring river levels up and hopefully bring in fresh fish. The question becomes, will it be too much rain?

Tokul: The state opened the creek to fishing on Thursday, and people are catching some decently-sized steelhead. The creek is open from the Fish Hatchery Road bridge upstream to the posted cable boundary marker below the hatchery intake. The early opening took place because Tokul Creek Hatchery staff has collected the eggs it needs.

Wynoochee: Rain has brought in fresh steelhead. Pulling plugs or drifting eggs or sand shrimp should lead to a hook up. River flows, measured near Montesano, have been steadily rising since Wednesday.

SALT WATER

Beaches: If razor clams are safe to eat, the next dig will open Wednesday. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon. Here are the dates, low-tide times and locations that will be open: Wednesday, 6:19 p.m., minus-0.1 feet, Twin Harbors; Thursday, 6:51 p.m., minus-0.1 feet, Twin Harbors; Friday, 7:22 p.m., 0.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; and Jan. 18, 7:53 p.m., 0.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks.

North Sound: Blackmouth action around the San Juans Islands has been fair to good. Most people are trolling smaller spoons, about 3 inches long, close to the bottom in water 90-130 feet deep. People are hooking plenty of fish in Marine Area 10, but most of them are shakers, too small to keep.

South Sound: Salmon fishing south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge has been slow, in part because few people are heading out.

Contributors: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, salmonuniversity.com, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, steelheaduniversity.com, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, Marc Bush of Twisted Waters Guide Service, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Bud Herlitzkia at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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