It’s a mixed report on the start of the first-time selective fishery for hatchery chinook in Marine Areas 1 and 2. In Ilwaco, most charters were booked with sturgeon trips, so there was no effort to fish for chinook, said a staffer at Sea Breeze Charters.
In Westport, the boats going out are catching limits for most customers.
Columbia: On the river from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Interstate 5 bridge, anglers are catching a mix of chinook, steelhead and sockeye. Including fish released, bank anglers averaged nearly one fish every three rods, and boat anglers averaged one every five rods, said a state report. Starting today, hatchery adult chinook may be retained from the Megler-Astoria Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam. Sturgeon fishing out of Chinook and Ilwaco was slower than last week. Charter boat anglers averaged one legal kept for every 5.6 rods, and private boaters averaged one every 13.7 rods. Shad anglers are having more success below Bonneville Dam.
Cowlitz: Although lots of fish can be seen jumping all over, the bite has been hit-and-miss, said Marshall Borsom of Fish Country. Some spring chinook are being caught all the way up to barrier dam. Fishing for summer-run steelhead seems a bit better. Shrimp or corkies and yarn are working best.
Kalama: Rivers flows were high most of the week, and few anglers gave the river a try as a result.
Lewis: There have been few people on the river, but there are consistent reports of some spring chinook and steelhead being caught.
Yakima: Fly-fishing continues to be good. Anglers can expect flows to rise as reservoirs are reaching capacity, and downstream farmers will soon be demanding water, said Jim Gallagher of Yakima River Fly Shop. The drake hatch in the upper sections has been strong. Try using a size-10 parachute Adams, he said. The best hatch throughout the river is the pale morning dun mayfly. A size-16 nymph or dry imitation is very productive from mid-morning until early afternoon.
Crescent: The trout fishing has been good at this Gig Harbor-area lake, based on a recent outing led by the staff at Gig Harbor Fly Shop.
Mayfield: The action is picking up for trout. Anglers report that tiger muskies are following their lures but don’t seem interested in biting yet.
Mineral: The bite continues to be very good. Bill Guetner of Eatonville landed a 7.6-pound rainbow using lemon-lime Power Eggs. Some dock anglers caught limits of brown trout averaging 11/2-2 pounds using worms and Power Eggs, said Mike Gordon of Mineral Lake Resort. Boat fishing has been best at the north end near the creek inlet.
Riffe: Fish Country’s Borsom said he is hearing of limits being caught in no time. Anglers are using night crawlers, cocktail shrimp, Kastmasters, Roostertails, Super Dupers and corn. The key is to get the depth right, so try different depths if you are not getting bites. Bank anglers at Taidnapum and near the dam averaged two landlocked coho per rod, said a state report.
Tacoma: The great weekend weather attracted plenty of anglers, but the results weren’t as good. On Saturday, 242 anglers were checked at Point Defiance ramps, and they had just three chinook, 13 ling cod and 269 flatfish.
Westport: Ocean Charters reports that its clients have been averaging 11/2 hatchery chinook per person since the season opened. The largest chinook brought in so far is 18 pounds.
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