The salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 got off to a good start Tuesday. There were 23 fish brought in by the afternoon with the largest fish topping 18 pounds, according to a count at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina.
Art Tachell said there were good reports of salmon being caught in Marine Area 13 last week, which should be good news for anglers in the Tacoma area.
Columbia: For sturgeon anglers, the best fishing was in the estuary. Weekend creel checks showed 34 legal white sturgeon were kept, and another 177 fish released by 120 boats. The shad fishing was slow over the weekend. Steelhead fishing in the river was slow, although it was a bit better in the lower river.
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Cowlitz: The fishing seems to be improving once again. There were reports of several spring chinook being caught over the weekend at Barrier Dam, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. For bank anglers, using a gob of eggs under a bobber seems to be working well. The river flows increased this last week and were at 9,900 cfs Monday, which seemed to have pushed more fish upriver. Corkies and yarn or sand shrimp have been producing some nice summer-run steelhead.
Yakima: Fly anglers have had to deal with windy conditions on the lower river. As a result, the nymphing has been the better alternative. The staff at Red’s Fly Shop recommends stonefly or sculpin patterns.
Cady: This Mason County lake has been fishing OK in recent days, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. Most people are having luck with black leeches on intermediate sink lines.
Chelan: For lake trout, either troll baited B2 squids or Flatfish, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. The Bar has been spotty but is the best bet for big fish. Manson Bay has been pretty good late in the morning. The Yacht Club has produced decent numbers of nice-quality fish, Jones said. Anglers also have been catching some kokanee off the Yacht Club, off the tip of Wapato Point and in the shallow water of Mill Bay.
Kapowsin: Some limits of trout are being caught, mostly by people trolling Wedding Rings and worms. The panfish action has vastly improved. Try using worms under a bobber or jigs with worms or maggots, said Harry Erickson of Erickson Boat Rentals.
Mayfield: A good number of trout being caught around the state park and by the hatchery. Boaters are mostly pulling Wedding Rings tipped with night crawlers. Borsom said he has heard of people trying for the tiger muskie, but the fish aren’t biting, only following.
Mineral: Despite the wet and cool weather, the bite continues to be very good. Bruce Brown of Tacoma landed a 4.7-pound German brown trout using worms. Mike Gordon at Mineral Lake Resort said the overall bait of choice continues to be lemon-lime Power Eggs fished from the bottom with a 5- to 6-foot leader.
Munn: Try leeches in any combination of olive and black fished on an intermediate line.
Riffe: The fishing is still going strong for silver salmon. People report limits being taken daily near the dam on the U.S. 12 side. He said anglers casting Kastmasters, Roostertails and Super Dupers are doing well. Bait anglers were fishing with their bait just 3 or 4 feet under a bobber.
Tapps: People are catching some smallmouth bass, and a few largemouth as well. Reports from Washingtonlakes.com indicate plastic baits fished on the bottom have been the most effective.
Fly-fishing: Fishing has been decent, when anglers can get on the water. There are a lot of smaller sea-run cutthroat trout, but people have to work to catch a big fish, said Gary Marston at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. Purdy and Olalla have been the best sea-run spots. The Tacoma Narrows has been producing a few resident coho. He recommends olive Clousers or sand lance imitations.
Tacoma: Salmon fishing reopened Tuesday. Try the clay banks or Point Dalco. The lingcod fishing has been slow in the past few days, said Tachell at Point Defiance marina.
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