FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 10, 2014 

LAKES

Bradley: The trout fishing has been fair to good. Power Bait in orange, pink or chartreuse seems to be the most popular bait choice. Remember that from Thursday through June 12, the lake is open to juvenile (14 and younger) anglers only.

Crescent (Pierce): The trout fishing has been fair to good. The action has been best for those people casting a spinner because the fish seem to be holding close to the surface.

Mineral: The trout action has been good this week, including a 31/2-pound brown trout caught off the dock. People are using yellow Power Eggs or marshmallow/worm combinations.

Offut: Lots of limits of rainbow trout are being caught, with some fish weighing 3-4 pounds. People are fishing garlic-scented dough bait off the bottom or trolling a spinner slowly and deeply.

Potholes: People are catching limits of walleye, especially those escaping the wind fishing in the Lind Coulee arm and in the Crab Creek area. Smallmouth bass fishing on the points in the Lind Coulee arm and the rock piles between Goose Island and O’Sullivan Dam has improved. Higher water temperatures deep in the sand dunes has helped the largemouth bass bite.

Spencer: The trout fishing has been very good here and at other lakes in the area. Try Power Bait and nightcrawlers fished off the bottom or trolling with Wedding Rings tipped with a worm. Fly anglers are using muddler minnows or olive sculpins.

SALT WATER

Beaches: An eight-day razor clam dig will start Tuesday. The digs will take place during morning low tides, so no digging will be allowed on any beach after noon. The dig is set for:

Tuesday: 6:21 a.m., -0.6 feet, Twin Harbors.

Wednesday: 7:02 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Thursday: 7:44 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Friday: 8:27 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis.

May 17: 9:12 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks.

May 18: 9:59 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks.

May 19: 10:50 a.m., -1.1 feet, Twin Harbors.

May 20: 11:44 a.m., -0.6 feet, Twin Harbors.

South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 13 (Olympia) has been producing just a few fish off Point Gibson and Green Point. The ling cod action has been fair. Try using live flounder or live herring, or jig heads with a rubber grub. Shrimping in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) will end at 3 p.m. Saturday. People were getting their limits Wednesday. Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and May 21. Marine Area 13 is open daily until May 31.

Westport: The halibut season is off to a good start after bad ocean conditions halted fishing the first few days, with most anglers bringing home a fish. The ling cod action has been fair to good.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: The spring chinook action is showing signs of improving. Some steelhead are being caught in the Blue Creek stretch.

Yakima: The river is in good shape for trout fishing, but folks might want to wait until next week when the caddis hatches are expected to begin. The river from the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap to the railroad bridge below Roza Dam will open May 17 for hatchery chinook fishing. Spring chinook have moved into the lower river.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, gamefishin.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Westport Charter Boat Association, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Tom Pollack at Sportco, washingtonlakes.com, salmonuniversity.com, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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