Fishing Report for Jan. 15

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJanuary 15, 2014 

SALT WATER

Beaches: The latest razor clams dig opens 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 Saturday, 7:53 p.m., 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks.

Fly-fishing: Cutthroat trout remain good throughout the South Sound. Sculpin and baitfish patterns in sizes 6 and 8 seems to be working well. Remember that cutthroats must be released.

South Sound: Salmon fishing has been slow south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Trolling with flashers and hoochies in locations such as Wollochet Bay, Sand Spit, Green Point and Anderson Island could produce a fish. The waters in the Tacoma area are closed, except for fishing off local docks.

LAKES

American: People are catching rainbow trout, fishing yellow Power Eggs with a garlic scent off the bottom. Adjust your leader to find the depth the fish are at, often between 3-5 feet.

Chelan: Anglers are catching some bigger lake trout, trolling the Narrows in water 220-380 feet deep. If you want to catch more fish, look for them in water 185-240 feet deep. Bait fishing off the docks and trolling the lower basin is good for rainbow trout.

HARTS: White or pink Power Eggs on a 3-foot leader has been producing consistent catches of rainbow trout, including some limits. Some of the fish are measuring 14-18 inches.

Roses: The ice conditions are questionable after warm winds blew through the area Sunday.

Sammamish: The lake is producing some fairly large cutthroat trout, when the weather allows access. Some anglers have had success trolling with worm-tipped Wedding Rings or hoochies running behind a flasher.

Spencer: Trout fishing remains good despite the cold weather. Troll slowly with black or olive green Woolly Buggers or Smile Blade fly in purple or brown.

RIVERS

Columbia: Boat anglers in the Bonneville Pool averaged one legal sturgeon per every 6.4 rods, while bank anglers averaged one per every 11.7 rods. Through Jan. 5, an estimated 88 (8 percent) of the 1,100 fish guideline had been taken.

Cowlitz: The river is showing signs of improving. A state creel check of 35 boat anglers showed they kept 15 steelhead and one cutthroat, while 48 bank anglers kept 11 steelhead. All the fish were sampled at the trout hatchery.

Olympic Coast: Rivers were blown out over the weekend, but conditions should have improved by now to make them fishable. With no rain in the forecast for the rest of the week, anglers are hoping the improved flows will bring more steelhead into the rivers.

Tilton: During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 39 coho adults, 46 coho jacks, and three winter-run steelhead into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Yakima: River levels have been slowly rising since Friday, reaching 2,530 cubic feet per second by late Tuesday morning. It is fishable at that level, but the fish might be off the bite as they look for new holding spots.

Contributors: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Curt Reed at Waters West Flyfishing Outfiiters, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Gig Harbor Fly Co., Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center, Don Wells at Harts Lake Resort and Deli. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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