Outdoors

Fishing Report for May 19

• Olympic National Park recently announced closures for the Hoh River.



• Bottom fishing has been good near Westport.



• Walleye fishing has been good on the Columbia River.



LAKES

AMERICAN: Fishing has been best off the dock, said David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse. Some fish have been as big as 15 inches. Anderson described kokanee fishing as “nonexistent.”

DRANO: Boat anglers have had luck catching spring chinook.

PATTISON: Stocked last week with more than 5,000 rainbow trout.

SCANEWA: The lake is expected to be planted with 20,000 fish in advance of the June 1 rainbow trout opening.

SYLVIA: The Grays Harbor Lake was stocked with 200 rainbow trout last week.

RIVERS

COLUMBIA: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s sampled 568 salmonid anglers last week and found they caught 84 spring chinook and kept 51. Bank and boat anglers were catching legal size sturgeon in the John Day Pool last week. Walleye fishing has been good near Woodland. Last week anglers averaged three walleye per rod in The Dalles Pool and more than four walleye and nine bass per rod in the John Day Pool. Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.

COWLITZ: Anglers have caught salmon and steelhead on the lower river.

HOH: Olympic National Park recently announced closures “due to concerns about the status, trends, and escapement of Hoh River Chinook salmon.” The closure includes the upper Hoh, the south fork, all tributaries and the portion of the river’s mouth located in the park

The mouth is expected to reopen Sept. 1 while the other closures are expected to be lifted Nov. 1.

“This emergency closure is designed to maximize the protection of wild spring/summer chinook salmon in Olympic National Park,” read a statement from the park. “The state and tribal forecast for spring/summer chinook is expected to be below the escapement floor of 900 adults.”

Escapement chinook are those that make it past commercial and recreational fisheries to spawning grounds.

“The National Park Service seeks to provide diverse recreational fishing opportunities while ensuring the preservation and restoration of native fish,” Olympic superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said in a prepared statement. “However, with the run size at low numbers it is critical to provide additional protection for Chinook.”

ICICLE: The river opens Wednesday for spring chinook fishing. Adipose-present spring chinook must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior. All spring chinook with one or more round holes punched in tail fin must be released.

KLICKITAT: Anglers are catching spring chinook from the bank below the Fisher Hill Bridge.

WENATCHEE: Set to open for spring chinook mark-selective fishing May 23. Adipose-present spring chinook must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water. All spring chinook with one or more round holes punched in tail fin must be released.

WIND: Anglers are catching spring chinook near the mouth.

YAKIMA: Anglers on the lower river caught an estimated 49 adult chinooks through Monday according to the WDFW. The fishing continues until June 15.

SALT WATER

SOUTH SOUND: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing has been hit and miss around Fox Island. Trolling with flasher and either hoochie or spoon is giving anglers the best chance.

WESTPORT: Bottom fishing continues to be good according to the most recent report from the Westport Charterboat Association.

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