Fishing report for May 15

• Blackmouth fishing in Marine Area 13 improves a bit.

• Perch fishing improving in Mason County lakes.

• Walleye anglers having a good week at Potholes Reservoir.


CHELAN: The best action has been trolling for lake trout early in the morning along the Colyar Ledge. Manson Bay has been another productive location. The kokanee action has been off and on.

LENICE: Fly-anglers are having success catching rainbow trout using small black bunny leeches and chironomids fished about 10 feet down.

LONG (Kitsap): Bass fishing has been good to very good. People are hooking largemouth, some topping 5 pounds, casting Senko worms around docks and other structure.

MASON: Perch fishing has been picking up in the last week. Catch a couple of fish using worms, and then switch to perch meat.

POTHOLES: Walleye fishing has picked up this week. People are trolling worm harnesses using a slow death hook.

SPENCER: Trout fishing has been very good, and it doesn’t seem to matter what you use. Try spinners, dough baits and worms fished off the bottom, or spoons. The action at Nahwatzel has slowed some.

TANWAX: Fishing has been very good for all kinds of species, from trout to crappie to bluegill to bass. Try fishing with a small red plastic tube or a piece of night crawler on a small jig head under a slip bobber.

WAPATO: Planning a getaway to Chelan? Take your fishing gear and hit this lake. Trout fishing has been very good, with people catching rainbow trout measuring 11-15 inches. Using Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American wildfire on a slip sinker with a 30-inch leader has been effective.


KLICKITAT: The state has announced that beginning June 1 anglers will be able to keep three hatchery steelhead, and up to two hatchery spring chinook adults can be kept as part of the daily limit for salmon on the upper river.

YAKIMA: River flows have dropped again, and fishing should be good heading into this weekend. Caddis patterns are the best option right now, with nymphs working from morning into midday, then switching to dry flies in the afternoon.


CLAMS: In case you missed the news, the state has canceled the final two razor clams digs scheduled for this season. Domoic acids levels remain above the state’s safety threshold to allow human consumption.

ILWACO: Halibut anglers are running about 90 minutes out of the port, and finding plenty of fish in 800 feet of water. Most of the halibut are weighing between 25-35 pounds. People are using plastic skirts over Power Grubs and pipe jigs.

SOUTH SOUND: A few more blackmouth are being caught in Marine Area 13, south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The action at Point Gibson has been good on the outgoing tide, while Green Point and the sand spit are producing. Fishing for lingcod has been fair in the Tacoma Narrows and Toliva Shoals.

WESTPORT: Bottom-fishing has been very good to excellent, with many people bringing in limits of lingcod and rockfish. The state has closed halibut fishing in the area, except for the northern near-shore area because the quota has been reached.