Fishing report for May 5

Ling cod fishing is underway in the South Sound.

A razor clam dig has been approved for Thursday-Sunday.

Rainbow trout are biting in most local lakes.


SOUTH SOUND: Ling cod season is underway, while Marina Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) is closed to salmon fishing. Marine Area 13 (south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge) is open for salmon fishing and the staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina recommends trying the waters near Point Gibson and Fox Island.

RAZOR CLAMS: Shellfish managers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife have approved a four-day dig on coastal beaches starting Thursday. The morning digs will be Thursday-Sunday at Long Beach and Twin Harbors and Friday-Sunday at Mocrocks. Low tide is 9:30 a.m. Thursday, 10:14 a.m. Friday, 11:03 a.m. Saturday and 11:58 a.m. Sunday. Digging typically wouldn’t be allowed after noon, but Sunday’s dig will be extended until 1 p.m, said Dan Ayres, shellfish manager. The next digs are proposed for May 15-17 and 22-24.

WESTPORT: The Westport Charterboat Association most recent report, from May 2, says fishing is good and ling cod action is picking up. Halibut season is underway.


AMERICAN: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says the action has been slow. One angler caught his limit of rainbow trout off the dock using a worm and slip bobber set at 20-25 feet.

DAVIS: This Lewis County lake was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout last week.

HICKS: This Thurston County lake was stocked last week with 6,195 rainbow trout.

McINTOSH: Stocked last week with 4,460 rainbow trout.

PATTISON: Stocked with 4,258 rainbow trout last week.

SCANEWA: Last week Tacoma Power employees released 55 steelhead, 1,535 adult spring chinook and 225 jacks above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

SUMMIT: The Thurston County lake was stocked with 7,530 rainbow trout last week.

TANWAX: Rainbow RV Resort reports anglers are doing well using Power Bait and Power Eggs when they’re still fishing or Wedding Rings tipped with worms when they are trolling.

CHELAN: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service says, “Trolling for lake trout continues (to be) hot on Lake Chelan in Manson Bay and along Colyar Ledge. Kokanee Fishing continues to be spotty, but can be good at times from Fields Point to Rocky Point.”

WAPATO (Chelan County): Jones says he’s hearing good reports from rainbow trout anglers on this lake near Manson.


COLUMBIA: Anglers in The Dalles Pool averaged 6.7 walleye and 6.6 bass per rod, according to state counts. In the John Day Pool, anglers average 5.5 walleye and 8 bass per rod. Anglers were catching legal-size sturgeon in these areas. From Feb. 1-May 3, there have been an estimated 107,634 angler trips on the lower iver with 15,073 adult spring chinook kept and 2,634 released.

COWLITZ: Anglers are catching spring chinook and some steelhead on the lower river, according to the state.

LEWIS: Effort is still light here, but some anglers are catching steelhead.