Columbia: Spring chinook fishing improved on the lower river last weekend. Boat anglers had the best success in the estuary, where anglers averaged 0.43 springers and 0.07 steelhead per boat. Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon have approved retention of legal-size sturgeon June 13-14 and June 20-21 between Bonneville and The Dalles dams. The states also adopted a new sturgeon spawning sanctuary, extending from The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles. Fishing for sturgeon will be prohibited in the sanctuary from May 1-July 31.
Cowlitz: Fishing for steelhead at Blue Creek and spring chinook at the barrier dam has been slow since the weekend.
Olympic Coast: The fishing has been fair to good on the Sol Duc and Bogachiel, but the best action was on the Calawah. Action on the Hoh has been off and on. There also have been plenty of fishermen on the rivers.
Yakima: Rivers levels have been steady for the last week, and the trout fishing was very good last weekend in the lower canyon. Some of the best action has been on skwala dry fly patterns, such as a size 12 bullethead skwala.
American: The kokanee action has picked up, with some limits being caught by those anglers willing to put in the time. The fish seem to be a bit shallower, with reports indicating they are holding about 20-30 feet down. Pink hoochies tipped with maggots are an effective setup.
Banks: People making the trip here are being rewarded with good catches of walleye and some fat yellow perch. The fish are holding deep, about 40-50 feet down. Worm-tipped Wedding Rings with a chartreuse blade are working well.
Chelan: Anglers are catching a good number of lake trout by trolling in the early morning above the yacht club or along the face of Manson Bay. In both locations, fish speeds of 1-1.5 mph as close to the bottom as you can.
Long (Kitsap): The fishing for cutthroat trout has been very good. Try using a pink jig with a white curly-tailed grub or a pink No. 2 Blue Fox spinner.
Munn: The trout action has improved in the last week or so. Gear anglers are having luck casting a pink or white spinner, while fly anglers are using chironomids or leech patterns.
Pass: When the wind isn’t blowing, the fly fishing has been fair to good. Try a red chironomid pattern down deep, or fish a hare’s ear just under the surface when the fish are swirling on top.
Steilacoom: Some anglers are catching rainbow and brown trout, mainly trolling. Try an orange Wedding Ring tipped with a worm.
Fly fishing: People are starting to catch more searun cutthroat trout. They are feeding baitfish right now, and seem to be holding in shallow water. Try starting with a Clouser minnow in olive over white. Remember, you must release any searun cutthroat you catch.
North Sound: Bill Robillard of Anacortes landed a 24.62-pound chinook to earn the $15,000 first-place prize at last weekend’s Anacortes Salmon Derby. Mike Bredeson of Everson earned $5,000 for second place with a 20.24-pound fish. Steven Martin of Bellingham took third with a 18.72-pound fish, earning $2,500. Fishing conditions were difficult Saturday because of high winds. Overall, 156 fish were caught, with an average weight of 9.7 pounds. Weekend creel samples at Port Angeles showed anglers were averaging about 0.5 fish a person.
South Sound: Salmon fishing was slow over the weekend, but there was some improvement Tuesday. Try trolling along the slag pile toward Les Davis Pier, and look for the fish holding in water 110-140 feet deep. The action in the Olympia area has been very slow.Contributors: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, gamefishin.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, John Keizer of saltpatrol.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Zittel’s Marina, washingtonlakes.com. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org thenewstribune.com/outdoors