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FISHING REPORT: Some good news for steelhead anglers

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on March 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
March 20, 2012 1:13 pm

Here is an early peek at Wednesday’ fishing report as I compile information from around the region:

Rivers
Columbia: The abundance of spring chinook is increasing in the lower river, but catch rates were poor last weekend. In the Portland-to-Longview area, boat anglers averaged 0.09 spring chinook per boat, while boat anglers in the estuary averaged 0.07 spring chinook caught per boat. Sturgeon fishing has been slow.

Cowlitz: Fishing has been off and on, but showing signs of improvement. Boaters putting in at Blue Creek are doing well for steelhead and getting a few spring chinook, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. They are running divers with coon shrimp, side drifting eggs or pulling plugs with herring or tuna bellies. Bank anglers are getting a few steelhead, and are using everything from sand shrimp, corky and yarn, jig and bobber, spoons and nightcrawlers.

Skookumchuck: Online reports indicate people have been catching steelhead fairly consistently. Corkies and yarn in reds and pinks seem to be the most effective set up.

Yakima: The fishing has been mixed, as anglers deal with high and cold water. But flows were on their way back down early this week. Be prepared to fish with nymphs and dry flies, said a staffer at Red’s Fly Shop.

Lakes

Chelan: Anglers are having success catching lake trout while trolling deep water above the Chelan Yacht Club. Fish from the 240-foot contour to 340-foot contour for best success, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service.

Harts: The lake was planted a week ago with 4,250 rainbow trout.

Spencer: The good fishing at this lake should continue after it was planted with 4,005 rainbow trout.

Saltwater

Fly fishing: There are some reports of chum fry moving out of streams feeding into Case and Carr inlets, and that should attract the searun cutthroat trout, said Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. Remember, all searun cutthroat must be released. Resident coho also are reappearing along area beaches.

Razor clam dig: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis will be open for digging Saturday, while Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks will be open Sunday. Low tide Saturday is at 8:25 a.m. and at 8:59 a.m. Sunday.

South Sound: The salmon fishing has been very slow.

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