Fishing

Despite the cold, lakes are producing some large rainbow trout

Anglers fishing in area lakes aren’t catching a lot of fish, but they are landing some large rainbow trout.
Anglers fishing in area lakes aren’t catching a lot of fish, but they are landing some large rainbow trout. jmayor@thenewstribune.com

LAKES

Battle Ground: If you find yourself headed south, this lake was recently stocked with 4,000 rainbow trout.

Harts: The cold weather has slowed the fishing some, but anglers are catching some large rainbow trout and the crappie fishing has improved a little. Worms have been working for the trout, while small white jigs with a red tip have been working for crappie.

Offut: People are consistently catching rainbow trout, most of which are measuring 14 inches long. Dock anglers are using Power Eggs fished 3-4 feet off the bottom.

Pass: Fly anglers willing to make the drive are hooking some good-size rainbows. Pink worms and black leeches have been effective patterns lately.

Potholes: Frigid weather in the past week has created plenty of ice on the reservoir and most other still waters in the area.

Spanaway: The dock fishing has been producing some rainbow trout weighing about 3 pounds. Worms and a marshmallow on a 3-foot leader, and cast out as far as possible, have been working well.

RIVERS

Humptulips: The steelhead action has been a bit on the slow side as the water level has dropped and the clarity improved. Flows measured by the gauge at Humptulips were 1,330 cubic feet per second, well below the normal 2,200 cfs for this time of year. Casting spinners have been producing some strikes.

Olympic coast: With the river level dropping, the Bogachiel would be a good choice for steelhead fishing. The Calawah might be worth trying.

Skykomish: The Reiter Ponds stretch has been attracting attacting a lot of people, but the steelhead action has been hit and miss.

Wynoochee: A few steelhead are being caught. Bouncing eggs or shrimp along the bottom, or fished under a jig, have been producing strikes.

Yakima: Few folks have been on the water due to the weather. Some of those who have been out are being rewarded with some large fish. One angler landed a 22-inch rainbow this week.

SALTWATER

Razor clams: The next dig is tentatively scheduled to open Dec. 26 at Long Beach, and will include digs at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. Whether the dig will take place depends on whether clams are safe to eat. Test results released Dec. 4 from Long Beach and Twin Harbors showed marine toxin levels were above the state’s safety threshold.

North Sound: If you really want to get on the water, the Sound around the San Juan Islands would be the place to go. People are catching some blackmouth and the crabbing remains open through Dec. 31. The northern portion of Hood Canal is another option for crabbers.

South Sound: Overall, the action remains slow. Some salmon are being caught around Fox Island and the mouth of Wollochet Bay. Trolling has been the most effective method. Boaters are catching plenty of squid in water 90-120 feet deep off the Point Defiance Boathouse, and from area docks on high tides and from the afternoon into the evening.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, MarDon Resort, Worley-Bugger Fly Co., salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, northwestfishingreports.com, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, washingtonflyfishing.com, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Harts Lake Resort.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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