Fishing

Fishing report for May 26

• Trout fishing remains good on local lakes.



• South Sound fishing seems to be best near Fox Island and the mouth of the Wollochet Bay.



• More marine areas opening for fishing Monday.



SALTWATER

SOUTH SOUND: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reported some fish are being caught in the waters near Fox Island and the mouth of Wollochet Bay. Marine Area 11 (Tacoma and Vashon Island) reopens for salmon fishing Monday.

WESTPORT: “The ocean is flat and rockfish and lingcod are biting very well,” the Westport Charterboat Association reported Monday night.

LAKES

ABERDEEN: Stocked last week with 250 rainbow trout.

AMERICAN: Anglers have been catching fish from the dock and by trolling. The lake was stocked last week with 1,500 rainbow trout.

FAILOR: This Grays Harbor lake was stocked with 750 trout.

SCANEWA: Last week Tacoma Power released 833 spring chinook and 265 jacks above the Cowlitz Falls Dam. The lake is expected to be planted with 20,000 fish for Monday’s rainbow trout opening.

SPANAWAY: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House said many anglers caught their limit over the weekend. The south end of the lake has been most productive, but anglers have been doing well near the island and trolling in front of the boathouse. Herlitzka recommended fishing near the surface early in the morning.

SYLVIA: Stocked last week with 250 rainbow trout.

VANCE CREEK POND: This Grays Harbor pond was stocked last week with 1,400 rainbow trout.

RIVERS

BLUE CREEK: Starting Monday, the trout daily limit is five. Night closures and anti-snagging rules will be in effect.

COLUMBIA: The summer chinook and steelhead season opens June 16 on the lower river. Anglers will be allowed to keep hatchery chinook and sockeye caught from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Bonneville Dam through July 6.

COWLITZ: Tacoma Power recovered 37 winter-run steelhead, 1,002 spring chinook, 311 jacks, 39 summer steelhead and three cutthroat trout last week.

LEWIS: The section of Johnson Creek upstream to the powerlines below Merwin Dam is closed but reopens to hatchery steelhead fishing Monday. It will remain closed to chinook fishing.

HOH: The state announced the river and South Fork will be closed to all recreational fishing June 6-July 13. The state said the river’s population of spring/summer chinook has been near or below the escapement goal of 900 the past nine years. The closure will reduce encounters and mortalities of spring chinook that occur while anglers are targeting other fish. The Hoh Tribe also has proposed a fishing schedule that reduces their impacts on wild spring/summer chinook; and Olympic National Park has closed the watershed to fishing.

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