Fishing

Fishing report for May 8

• Spring chinook fishery extended on Columbia.



• Trout action at lakes is heating up.



• Weekend razor clam dig canceled.



LAKES

MINERAL: Fishing has been good to very good. Anything green seems to be working, including chartreuse Power Eggs. One angler landed a 6.5-pound rainbow trout this week, while most stringers are averaging 4-5 pounds.

OFFUT: The trout action remains good, with people catching the recently planted fish and others weighing up to 5 pounds. Flies, spinners, night crawlers and PowerBait all seem to be working right now.

POTHOLES: The walleye action was pretty good for the recent Rod Meseberg Spring Walleye Classic. All 74 teams brought in fish, 822 in all, weighing an average of 2.77 pounds. Ron Charlton and Jason Bauer won the tournament with a catch of 45.66 pounds. Largemouth bass fishing is very good in the sand dunes, and the Lind Coulee arm is the hotspot for smallmouth bass.

RIFFE: Anglers are having mixed success fishing for the landlocked coho salmon. Some people are getting limits, while others are dealing with tight-lipped fish. Look for schools suspended 15-20 feet deep.

SPANAWAY: Boaters anglers are having the best success, with many catching their limit in an hour. Try trolling in the top 1-2 feet feet of water with a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm. People still-fishing are using PowerBait or a worm with a marshmallow. The dock fishing is a little slow.

RIVERS

COLUMBIA: With spring chinook numbers remaining strong, fishery managers in Washington and Oregon have extended the season. Fishing for hatchery springers will be allowed from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam on Saturday then from May 16-June 15. Fishing from boats and the bank is allowed upstream to Beacon Rock, while only bank angling is permitted from Beacon Rock upstream to the fishing deadline at Bonneville Dam.

COWLITZ: There are still some spring chinook being caught. The fish are spooky because of low water levels. Try using shrimp, eggs or herring.

SKYKOMISH: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the hatchery chinook fishery will not open June 1. The forecast run size for Wallace River hatchery chinook is below broodstock levels.

YAKIMA: Trout fishing has been very good to excellent with the Mother’s Day caddis hatch coming off as expected. The fish are holding tight to the bank and seem to be feeding in very select lanes. Make sure your fly has a drag-free drift.

SALT WATER

CLAMS: A reminder that the razor clam dig that was to contiune Friday (May 8) through Sunday has been canceled because domoic acid levels were expected to rise above safe levels. The state will continue to test clams before the final two digs scheduled for the season.

FLY FISHING: The action for coastal cutthroat trout remains good to very good, helped by the warm spring weather. The only negative anglers have had to deal with lately is wind.

HOOD CANAL: Shrimping was very good on the opener. Anglers can set their pots from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.

SOUTH SOUND: Some salmon are being caught off Point Gibson, Green Point and the sand spit area. Bob Tachell won the recent Point Defiance Marina Ling Cod Derby with a 7-pound, 8-ounce fish.

WESTPORT: When conditions have allowed boats to get out, the action for halibut and lingcod have been very good. Some boats have been running out about 35 miles to find large fish. Some halibut have topped 50 pounds, with some lingcod reaching 30 pounds. People are using herring with hoochies or pipe jigs.

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