FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 24, 2014 

CRABBING STARTS JUNE 1

The summer crab fishing season will kick off June 1 south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, a month earlier than most other areas of Puget Sound.

Crabbing in Marine Area 13 will be open seven days a week through Sept. 1.

The early opening will give crabbers in the deep South Sound an extra month to catch the quota for those waters.

Crabbing in the waters off Tacoma (Marine Area 11) and Hood Canal (Area 12) will open July 3; the season will run through Sept. 1. Crabbing will be allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; and closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For additional details, go to thenewstribune.com/adventure.

RIVERS

Columbia: Bank fishermen below Bonneville Dam are catching more jack spring chinook than adults while boat anglers are catching the opposite. Fishing for summer-run steelhead has been best mostly from Longview downstream. Sturgeon fishing has been best in the John Day Pool.

Cowlitz: People are catching a little bit of everything — adult and jack spring chinook, as well as winter- and summer-run steelhead. Most of the action is between the hatcheries.

Lewis: Fishing has been slow. As of Sunday, a little more than 500 spring chinook have returned to the traps. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.

Yakima: Trout fishing has improved as river flows have dropped. Cast streamers toward the bank and drift nymphs through foam seams early in the day. By the afternoon, look for fish rising to feed on caddis flies. Salmon fishing in the lower river has been slow.

LAKES

Kapowsin: Fly-anglers are having some success catching rainbow trout. Try using olive or black Woolly Buggers on a floating or sinking line.

Mineral: Still-fishing has been effective, using a worm and marshmallow, or Power Egg and marshmallow on a 4- to 6-foot leader. Some people are trolling black or olive Woolly Buggers, or pop gear with a spinner.

Offut: Fishing has been very good this week. People are using PowerBait or trolling light pop gear followed by a spinner. Some of the trout are weighing more than 3 pounds.

Silver: Fishing off the dock has been pretty consistent. A good number of triploid trout also are being caught. PowerBait and a worm fished under a bobber has been working well. The lake was stocked Monday with another 5,000 trout.

Spencer: Trout fishing has been good, including some rainbows topping 20 inches. Chartreuse Power Eggs have been good, floated a couple of feet off the bottom, or troll a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm.

Tapps: Smallmouth bass fishing has been fair to good. Use plastic baits for fish holding close to stumps in water 6-8 feet deep or hanging near docks.

SALT WATER

Beaches: The final razor clam dig of the season is next week (with the low-tide times): Tuesday, 6:24 a.m., minus-1 foot, Twin Harbors and Long Beach; Wednesday, 7:06 a.m., minus-1.3 feet, Twin Harbors and Long Beach; Thursday, 7:45 a.m., minus-1.4 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; Friday, 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.

North Sound: Fishing for halibut, ling cod and shrimp has been very good. Best results for halibut have come when anchoring and putting out a scent trail.

South Sound: Few people have been out, so just a few salmon are being caught in the Point Gibson area in Marine Area 13. Ling cod fishing also has been slow. Large tidal changes have been one reason for the slow action.

Westport: Action for ling cod and rockfish has been good. One angler landed a 39- pounder. People were having success with pipe jigs. Salmon fishing opens in Marine Area 2 on May 31.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Westport Charter Boat Association, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, washingtonlakes.com, Bill Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Doreen Douglas Mineral Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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