Fishing

Fishing report for May 22

• Trout lakes should be prime for holiday weekend.



• Point Gibson producing salmon in Sound.



• State closing the Hoh River effective June 6.



LAKES

AMERICAN: People are catching rainbow trout and some kokanee by trolling a flasher-spinner combination. Pink seems to be the most effective color.

HARTS: Trout action remains a bit slow, but an angler caught a 16.5-pound channel catfish Thursday night. People also are catching crappie and bass.

LENICE: Trout fishing has been good, with the fish hitting mayfly nymphs and dry flies. People are catching plenty of fish, just few large trout.

OFFUT: Some people are catching limits of rainbow trout, most measuring 12-16 inches long. Try using rainbow PowerBait. A few brown trout are being caught as well.

POTHOLES: Walleye fishing has been mixed, with the best action in the Crab Creek area. The smallmouth bass action has been best in the Lind Coulee Arm and around the rocks on Goose Island.

SILVER (Pierce): Docks anglers are catching rainbow trout off the dock. Most of the fish are recently planted, but one angler did haul in a 24-inch trout using a worm. The crappie and bass fishing is best early or late in the day.

SPANAWAY: Some limits of trout are being caught by people who are trolling. Anglers who are still-fishing are catching larger fish, some up to 3 pounds. Fishing from the dock is best in the morning.

RIFFE: Anglers are reporting catching limits of landlocked coho salmon. Many people are trolling a pink or green mini-hoochie behind a flasher. Look for schools of fish 5-15 feet deep.

RIVERS

COLUMBIA: The number of shad making their way through the Bonneville Dam is starting to increase, but the good fishing is likely a week away yet.

ICICLE: The chinook fishing is off to a good start, but that also means there will likely be a large crowd of anglers this weekend. Cured eggs and brined herring have been effective baits. The Wenatchee River opens Saturday.

YAKIMA: Trout fishing is good throughout the river, despite low flows. In the upper river, anglers are using baitfish patterns that look like salmon smolt. In the canyon, it has been March brown, pale morning dun and blue wing olive nymphs early and then dries in the afternoon.

SALT WATER

CLAMS: The latest domoic acid update from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife released Wednesday shows levels ranging from 42 parts per million to 126 ppm. Clams are not considered safe to eat unless levels are below 20 ppm. The season is over until this fall.

FLY-FISHING: Fishing for coastal cutthroat trout remains good. Fish are still taking chum fry patterns, but also flies that mimic juvenile shiner perch and juvenile sculpin, and soon juvenile herring, smelt and sand lance.

SOUTH SOUND: There are consistent reports of anglers catching salmon off Point Gibson on the outgoing tide. Green Point is another productive spot. Trolling and jigging have been effective. Lingcod fishing is fair at best in the Tacoma Narrows and Toliva Shoals.

WESTPORT: Fishing for rockfish and lingcod remains very good to excellent, with most boats bringing in limits. Ocean conditions are expected to be good this holiday weekend.

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