Fishing Report for May 17

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comMay 17, 2014 

SALT WATER

Razor clams: Mocrocks opens for razor clam digging Saturday, joining three other coastal beaches.

Mocrocks is open Saturday and Sunday, as are Long Beach and Copalis. Twin Harbors is open through Tuesday.

Diggers are limited to the first 15 clams they dig. Information on permits is available at wdfw.wa.gov.

The next digs for these beaches are proposed for May 27-June 1.

South Sound: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports anglers are catching salmon south of the Narrows Bridges. Most are having luck trolling near Point Gibson, the sand spit, Green Point, Anderson Island and Lyle Point. But mooching and jigging is working for some near Point Gibson.

North Sound: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says halibut fishing has been solid. The best reports have been coming from the straits, he said.

Washington coast: The Westport Charterboat Association reports anglers are taking advantage of good weather to land halibut and lingcod. Halibut fishing closes in most of Marine Area 2 (Westport-Ocean Shores) starting Monday.

Shrimp: Recreation spot shrimp fishing will reopen from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday in Marine Areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay) and 8-2 (Ports Susan and Gardner).

LAKES

American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says fishing is excellent. Perch and rainbow trout are biting, but the best action seems to be trolling for kokanee. Large kokanee seem all too excited to bite in what Anderson describes as fishing on par with the bountiful 2011 season.

Offut: Anglers are chasing rainbows with success.

Spanaway: Spanaway Lake is open to fishing, and the action has been outstanding. Expect the lake to be a bit crowded Saturday morning because of an Hawaiian outrigger regatta starting at 8 a.m. Parking could be hard to find. Anglers are doing well from boats and the dock. Using a longer leader with PowerBait is producing limits for many, said Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House.

Summit: At least one angler scored his trout limit on this Thurston County lake, according to a report posted on washingtonlakes.com.

Stevens: Trout and kokanee are biting. The Lake Stevens Lions Club and the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club host the fifth annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby on Saturday, but entries closed Friday.

Tanwax: Rainbows are biting, and to catch them, the Rainbow RV Resort recommends using chartreuse Power Eggs with scales and a worm for dock fishing and still fishing. For those trolling, go slow and use olive and black Woolly Buggers or Wedding Rings tipped with worms.

Washington: Not much action here as anglers seem to be trying their luck elsewhere, Chamberlain said.

Tanwax: Rainbow RV Resort workers report most anglers are hitting their limit. They recommend using chartreuse Power Eggs with scales and a worm from the dock or while still fishing. For trollers, they suggest olive and black Woolly Buggers or worm-tipped Wedding Rings.

Chelan: Troll Colyar’s Ledge or use a slip-sinker rig from the bank and docks for some “smoking-hot” fishing, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service.

Potholes: MarDon Resort’s bass fishing derby is this weekend.

RIVERS

Columbia: Summer-run steelhead and spring-chinook angling opened Thursday between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam. Shad angling also opened upstream to the dam from Buoy 10. Weekly checks by the WDFW showed nine bank anglers released three sublegal sturgeon, and eight boat anglers released six sublegal sturgeon in the Dalles Pool. One legal sturgeon was kept by a boat angler in the John Day Pool. Boat anglers also caught two walleye in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Cowlitz: Tacoma Power reported Monday 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.

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

craig.hill@thenewstribune.com @AdventureGuys

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