Fishing Report for Feb. 22

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comFebruary 22, 2014 

SALTWATER

South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports wind and rain have kept most anglers off the water. The traditional good spots this time of year are Quartermaster Harbor and the waters around the Slag Pile, Les Davis Pier and Point Ruston. The marina staff recommends trolling with flasher and spoon, hoochie or herring at about 10 feet off the bottom.

North Sound: Starting Monday, anglers will be limited to one salmon per day in Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands). Fishery managers reduced the limit from two to offset the productive winter season anglers have in the area thanks to long stretches of nice weather.

During last weekend’s Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby in Gardiner, anglers combined to catch 171 blackmouth chinook salmon 6 pounds and heavier. The average weight was 8.6 pounds. Larry Quesnell of Mount Vernon caught a 15.4-pound fish that earned him the $10,000 top prize.

Salmon meeting: A public meeting previewing this year’s salmon returns and potential fishing seasons is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 3 in room 172 of Olympia’s Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE.

The final adoption of 2014 salmon fisheries is scheduled for April 10 at a meeting in Vancouver, Wash.

Razor clams: A six-day dig is scheduled to begin Wednesday on the Washington coast, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The schedule calls for digging Wednesday-March 3 at Twin Harbors, Thursday-March 2 at Long Beach and Mocrocks, and March 1 at Copalis.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Tacoma Power recently reported it recovered five coho salmon adults and three winter-run steelhead during a five-day operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Skookumchuck: The action seems to be pretty slow this week, according to reports posted at gamefishin.com.

Skykomish: The action was slow here early in the week, according to a report on washingtonlakes.com.

Tilton: Tacoma Power released two coho adults and two winter-run steelhead adults near Gus Backstrom Park in Morton from Feb. 12-18.

Wenatchee: Anglers who brave the poor weather are succeeding, according to Dave Graybill of fishingmagician.com.

Yakima: The Evening Hatch reports fly fishing has been good, and it’s expected to continue to be good as long as river levels don’t fluctuate too much. Anglers are starting to use dry flies with success.

LAKES

American: Several reports of good fishing here. An angler posted on gamefishin.com that he had luck catching three kokanee using a green wedding ring tipped with maggots.

Battle Ground: Recently planted with 1,500 rainbows.

Scanewa: Tacoma Power recently reported it released three coho adults above the Cowlitz Falls Dam.

Spanaway: Poor weather is keeping many anglers away. Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says, “There are a lot of fish out there, but you have to pressure to find out what they’ll do.”

craig.hill@thenewstribune.com

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