FISHING REPORT

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comMay 14, 2014 

SOUTH SOUND

BeacHes: An eight-day razor clam dig started Tuesday in Twin Harbors. A second dig is proposed for May 27-June 1. The current dig runs through Tuesday at Twin Harbors and includes opportunities at Long Beach (Wednesday-Sunday), Copalis (Friday-Sunday) and Mocrocks (Saturday-Sunday). Diggers are limited to the first 15 clams they dig. Information on permits is available at wdfw.wa.gov.

North Sound: Good-but-not-great halibut fishing, according to Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. Fishing seems to be best in the Straits.

South Sound: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports that lingcod fishing near the Narrows Bridges is good. Anglers are doing best with live bait, but jigging also works. Anglers must fish at depth of 120 feet or less to protect rock fish. Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) is closed for salmon fishing, but Area 13 (South Puget Sound) is open.

Washington coast: The Westport Charterboat Association reports anglers did well over the weekend catching halibut and lingcod.

LAKES

Bradley: Anglers are catching trout with PowerBait.

Chelan: Rainbow trout fishing is good, according to Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. He recommends trolling Colyar’s Ledge at 1-1.3 mph close to the bottom using “Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squiddy’s rigged with a Mack’s Lures Smile Blade in Glow and baited with a triangle of Northern Pikeminnow.” Using slip-sinker rigs from the bank and docks is also working well.

Drano: Done with salmon fishing on the Columbia, anglers seem to be heading here to try their luck, Chamberlain said.

Mayfield: There are trout and tiger muskie to be had. Two private fishing derbies are scheduled for this weekend.

Offut: Rainbows are still biting.

Potholes: MarDon Resort hosts a bass fishing competition on Saturday and Sunday. For information, visit mardonresort.com.

Stevens: Trout fishing has been good, but kokanee fishing has been better with experienced anglers landing their limit. Lake Stevens Lions Club and the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club host their fifth fishing derby on Saturday. Tickets are available until Friday. For more information call 425-335-1391.

Summit: A recent report on washingtonlakes.com indicates trout fishing on this Thurston County lake is fair. An angler says he hit his limit in four hours.

Tanwax: Fishing is good with most anglers catching their limits, according to the Rainbow RV Resort. Resort workers suggest chartreuse Power Eggs with scales and a worm for dock and still-fishermen, and olive and black Wooly Buggers or a worm-tipped Wedding Ring for trollers. Crappie fishing is expected to pick up soon.

Washington: Slow, as usual this time of year, but some anglers are having some luck.

RIVERS

Columbia: Starting Thursday, fishermen will have another month to catch hatchery-reared spring-chinook salmon and steelhead on the lower river. Anglers will be allowed to catch and keep one hatchery chinook daily through June 15 as part of their catch limit from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Bonneville Dam. In all, people can keep up to two adult salmon or steelhead – or one of each – but no more than one adult chinook per day. Anglers must release all sockeye and any wild salmon or wild steelhead.

Cowlitz: Tacoma Power reported May 12 that it recovered 179 winter-run steelhead, one summer-run steelhead, 104 spring-chinook adults and 25 jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Workers released four steelhead into the Tilton River last week.

Yakima: The lower river is open for spring-chinook fishing. The upper river opens Saturday.

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