Fishing Report for May 28

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 28, 2014 

SALT WATER

Beaches: The final razor clam dig of the season is underway (with the low-tide times): Wednesday (May 28), 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; Saturday, 9 a.m., minus-1 foot, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Sunday, 9:37 a.m., minus-0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Crabbing: Marine Area 13 (Olympia) will be the first area in Puget Sound to open for crabbing. The area opens Sunday, and will be open every day through Sept. 1. Crabbing in Tacoma (Marine Area 11) and Hood Canal (Area 12) will open July 3 and run through Sept. 1. Crabbing in those areas will be allowed Thursdays-Mondays each week; and closed Tuesdays-Wednesdays.

Coast: Marine areas 1-4 will open to fishing Saturday for hatchery chinook. The hatchery chinook season will run through June 13. Regulations will change beginning June 14. The daily limit is two fish and all coho and wild chinook must be released.

South Sound: The salmon fishing has been fair off Point Gibson, Point Fosdick and Green Point. The ling cod action has been sporadic. Salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) will reopen Sunday. Anglers can keep chinook 22 inches or longer, with a daily limit of two fish. All wild chinook must be released.

Westport: The ling cod and rockfish action has been slowed by ocean conditions.

LAKES

American: The trout fishing has been fair to good, with Power Bait the most effective bait right now. Float it about 3 feet off the bottom and then adjust until you find the fish.

Bay: County health officials are cautioning people about a toxic algae bloom at the lake. The agency is recommending you keep children and pets away from areas with algae, and people should not swim, wade, water ski or fish in areas with algae.

Black: The fishing for rock bass and bluegill has been very good. Try using small jigs (1/64th ounce) tipped with a piece of worm. The catfish action has been fair to good.

Clear (Pierce): The lake continues to produce limits of kokanee. Try using pink mini-squid lures behind a dodger, getting your gear 25-30 feet deep.

Harts: The crappie fishing has been very good, with anglers catching 30-35 fish an outing. Most people are using crappie jigs. The trout fishing has been good, with folks using Power Eggs. The catfish action has been slow.

Tanwax: The trout fishing has been very good. People are having success trolling near the surface in the evening, using a red or green Wedding Ring tipped with a bit of Power Bait.

RIVERS

Columbia: The shad are starting to move up river. Anglers were having success in the Bonneville Dam pool and the Washougal docks.

Blue Creek: On this Cowlitz River tributary, from the mouth to posted sign above rearing pond outlet, beginning Sunday the daily trout limit will be five fish, up to two fish over 20 inches may be kept.

Olympic Coast: The fishing for hatchery chinook has been fair to good on the lower Sol Duc, from the mouth to the salmon hatchery near Sappho. The Hoh, Bogachiel and Calawah are closed until June 7.

Yakima: The fishing is best in the evening right now, when the trout are feeding on caddis flies. If you are floating the river, it is best to scout out likely spots and anchor. You will have more time to cast toward rising fish.

Contributors: Curt Reed at Waters West Flyfishing Outfitters, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Don Wells at Harts Lake Resort & Deli, gamefishin.com, washingtonlakes.com. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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