Fishing Report for May 21

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 21, 2014 

LAKES

American: Some easy limits of kokanee have been caught in recent days, with the best action coming early in the morning. Try a scented pink mini-squid trolled behind a dodger. Fish have been around 25-35 feet deep.

Bradley: The lake was stocked May 13 with 100 rainbow trout that weighed 11/2 pounds on average.

Clear (Thurston): Trout fishing has been fair to good. People are having success trolling with Dick Nite spoons or Wedding Rings tipped with a worm. The east side has been more productive.

McIntosh: The lake is producing easy limits of rainbows right now.

Pattison: Trout action has been fair to good, with consistent limits being caught. The action likely was helped by a plant of 5,220 rainbows on May 8.

St. Clair: Bass fishing has been fair to good. Largemouths, with some topping 2 pounds, are holding in water 1-5 feet deep. Plastic worms, without weight, have been effective.

Tanwax: Fishing has been very good and should continue after the state stocked another 800 rainbows Monday. Troll with an olive or black Woolly Bugger or a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm. Still-fishing can be good with a worm and bobber with a 4-foot lead or a Carolina rig with PowerBait or Power Eggs.

SALT WATER

Beaches: The final razor clam dig is scheduled to start next week. Here are the dates, with the low tide times: Tuesday, 6:24 a.m., minus-1 foot, Twin Harbors and Long Beach; May 28, 7:06 a.m., minus-1.3 feet, Twin Harbors and Long Beach; May 29, 7:45 a.m., minus-1.4 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; May 30, 8:23 a.m., minus-1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; May 31, 9 a.m., minus-1 foot, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and June 1: 9:37 a.m., minus-0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Fly fishing: Sea-run cutthroat fishing has been very good lately. Use some larger baitfish patterns such as sand lance, herring and sea-run bugger. There also are some chum fry still around, so don’t forget to try those patterns.

North Sound: Halibut fishing has been fair in the eastern portion of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A state creel sample Saturday of 407 anglers in Port Angeles and Sequim showed a catch of 136 halibut. People are catching a mix of halibut, ling cod and greenlings in the San Juan Islands.

South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 13 was on the slow side over the weekend, even with more anglers hitting the water. Jigging and mooching at Point Gibson has produced a few salmon. Ling cod fishing in the Tacoma Narrows has produced a few fish. In the Tacoma area, anglers were bringing in lots of flatfish, according to state creel checks at Point Defiance.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: The action is far from red-hot, but several spring chinook are being caught just about every day. River flows were back on the rise Tuesday after being fairly consistent last week. The flow was 8,460 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning.

Yakima: The dry-fly action for caddis in the lower river was good late last week, but the river level has been rising and was holding around 5,100 cfs Tuesday morning. Fishing above the Teanaway River will be the best option this week.

Contributors: Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, state Department of fish and Wildlife, Dave Potter at Rainbow RV Resort, washingtonlakes.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, gamefishin.com, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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