Fishing report for June 26

• Near state record smallmouth bass caught in the Columbia.

• Trout fishing remains good in the lakes.

• Westport salmon fishing has taken off.


CLEAR (Thurston) : People are catching limits of rainbow trout. Head for the center of the lake, where the water is cooler. Try using chartreuse Power Bait on a 5-foot leader.

PATTISON: The bass fishing has been slow. Look for the fish early in the day, holding close to the weed line.

POTHOLES: People are using crappie jigs in white and yellow to catch limits. The action for yellow perch has been good off docks. Frog imitations have been effective for catching largemouth bass early or late in the day. Fishing off the dunes in water 20 to 30 feet deep has been producing large rainbow trout.

SILVER: The fishing has been good for largemouth bass, crappie and trout. Bass anglers are using plastic worms, while others are using worms fished under a bobber.

SWIFT: Low water levels have forced the closure of the boat ramp at Cougar Camp and the ramp at Swift Camp will likely be unusable by the Fourth of July weekend. Both will be closed the rest of the season, according to PacifiCorp.

WASHINGTON: The cutthroat trout action has been good to very good. Use lures that mimic sculpins or sticklebacks. The fish are near the surface early, then go deep as the sun hits the water.


COLUMBIA: An angler from Camas caught a 8.53-pound smallmouth bass near Stevenson above Bonneville Dam. The fish measured 217/8 inches long and had a girth of 181/2 inches. The state record is an 8.75-pound smallmouth caught in the Hanford Reach in 1966. Shad counts at Bonneville Dam averaged about 56,000 fish a day from Sunday through Wednesday.

COWLITZ: People are catching summer-run steelhead early in the day. With water levels very low, go with small gear or bait on light lines. Anglers will be allowed to use barbed hooks to catch hatchery salmon and trout from Wednesday through July 31. This will be allowed in the river from the Lexington Drive Bridge (Sparks Road Bridge) upstream to 400 feet, or at the posted markers below the barrier dam. The change in location was omitted from the new regulation pamphlet.

YAKIMA: The fly fishing has been good this week, even during the heat of the day. Try using a size 10 attractor pattern fished in fast, cooler water 1 to 4 feet from the bank.


FLY FISHING: The action has been a little slower this week, but people are still catching coastal cutthrout trout. An effective pattern has been an olive-and-white Clouser minnow fished on a full sink line.

ILWACO: The salmon fishing remains very good, with more chinook showing up in the daily catch. Last week, anglers averaged 1.5 fish per person.

SOUTH SOUND: Despite some light pressure this week, the fishing has picked up a bit. Chinook salmon, weighing 6 to 18 pounds, are being caught by jigging off the clay banks, trolling off the Girl Scout camp, and jigging on the flats between Point Defiance and Point Dalco.

WESTPORT: The salmon fishing seems to have taken off this week, with plenty of limits being brought back to the marina. Anglers have been finding the fish 20 to 40 feet down, in water about 150 feet deep off south of the jetty. Last week, the average catch was 0.79 salmon per person. As a bonus, there have been lots of humpback whales in the area. The first tuna of the year were caught Sunday, about 55 miles southwest of the harbor.