FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJanuary 22, 2014 

RIVERS

Cowlitz: People who are putting in their time, and we’re talking hours, are catching some steelhead. Most people are describing the action as “grinding” to land a couple of fish in the low water. The best action has been in the Blue Creek area.

Humptulips: Steelhead fishing has been very slow, with just a handful of hatchery fish being caught in the last few days.

Skagit: In a word, steelhead fishing has been slow, but people are catching some Dolly Varden in the upper river. Try using large silver Rapala lures or Dick Night spoons.

Skookumchuck: People are catching some coho, a few of which are bright, and some steelhead. Glow balls, beads or jigs all seem to be working.

Snoqualmie: The action has been very slow in recent days.

Wynoochee: People drifting the river report the color was good over the weekend, but the steelhead action was very, very slow.

LAKES

American: Trout fishing has been very slow overall, but a few rainbows are being caught on chartreuse PowerBait. Warmer weather this week should improve the fishing at area lakes, especially smaller waters.

Chelan: People trolling the Narrows, in depths 220-380 feet deep, are catching some large lake trout. Those looking for numbers are fishing the Trench. Bait fishing from docks and trolling the lower basin is producing rainbow trout.

Kitsap: Fishing dough baits off the bottom has been the best way to fish in recent days. Sparkle dough bait works best when the sun is out, and heavily scented baits are more effective on cloudy days.

Sammamish: People are catching cutthroat trout and an occasional kokanee. Most anglers are trolling, and using a Wedding Ring tipped with a small piece of night crawler has been the most effective. Look for fish hold 15-30 feet deep.

Spencer: This lake continues to be one of the best ones for winter trout fishing. There are plenty of eager rainbows willing to bite your PowerBait fished 2-3 feet off the bottom.

SALT WATER

Beaches: The next razor clam dig is scheduled to open Tuesday, if tests show clams are safe to eat. The schedule: Tuesday, 4:36 p.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors; Jan. 29, 5:25 p.m., minus-1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach; Jan. 30, 6:11 p.m., minus-1.4 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks; Jan. 31, 6:55 p.m., minus-1.4 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks; Feb. 1, 7:38 p.m., minus-1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis; and Feb. 2, 8:20 p.m., minus-0.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Fly-fishing: The sea-run cutthroat trout action has been good in the South Sound. The key is to look for fish holding close to stream mouths on shallow shelves fairly close to shore, with tides moving the water at walking speed. Remember that sea-runs need to be released.

North Sound: Blackmouth fishing in Marine Area 9 has been producing limits for most people heading out. Anglers are reporting they have to catch three or four shakers for every legal-size fish they land. Most fish are weighing up to 7 pounds. Spoons have been more effective than herring.

South Sound: The few people fishing in Marine Area 13 have been catching some blackmouth. Look for fish off Anderson Island, Wollochet Bay and Green Point. Just 28 people were contacted by state creel samplers at South Sound ramps last weekend.

Contributors: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, washingtonflyfishing.com, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, washingtonlakes.com, gamefishin.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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