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Fishing report: Skokomish chinook attracting crowds

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Aug. 17, 2012 at 11:06 am |
August 17, 2012 3:32 pm

UPDATED AT 3:32 P.M.

I got this two calls after I had filed my report for Saturday’s paper, so I thought I would include them here.

Mineral Lake: People are catching rainbow and brown trout, fishing with worms and marshmallows off the bottom with a 6-foot leader, said Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort. The lake is warming up, so fish early or late in the day.

Silver Lake (Pierce): The trout fishing has been good, especially before the sunshine hits the water. The trout have been cruising near the docks looking for small largemouth bass. The fishing for catfish and bass has been good, said Amy Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort.

Here is an early look at some of the reports from fishing spots around the area:

Rivers

Nisqually: The fishing has been very slow.

Puyallup: The river is still fishing rather slow. There are reports of people catching some steelhead and chinook, drifting corkies and yarn through some deeper holes.

Skokomish: There are a lot of chinook in the river, and a lot of anglers chasing them. Most people are drifting corkies and yarn in dark colors, while some are fishing eggs early in the day.

Lakes

Harts: The crappie fishing has been very good, despite the heat, with some of the fish reaching 11 inches long. People are using crappie rigs with worms. The action for bluegill and sunfish also has been good.

Leech: The brook trout have been feeding on damsel fly nymphs as they approach the surface. Anglers are having to contend with lots of mosquitos, consider yourself warned.

Spencer: This Mason County lake has been fishing slow, but a little better than the rest in the area. Fish you dough bait or worms right off the bottom in the deep part of the lake.

Saltwater

Ilwaco: Anglers averaged 0.84 salmon per rod last week, but had to contend with bad conditions late in the week. The catch was nearly two thirds coho. Through Sunday, an estimated 21 percent of the coho quota and 48. percent of the chinook guideline had been taken.

South Sound: The salmon fishing has improved in the last week. Chinnok are being caught at places like the slag pile, Browns Point, Owen Beach, clay banks, Point Dalco, and from Redondo north. Fishing the tide change has been the best time, while method doesn’t seem to matter as much.

Westport: The salmon fishing has been off and on in the last week. It was the busiest, in terms of the number of anglers checked, 3,422. But the average catch was .68 per person. The albacore tuna fishing action has been very good, with boats heading out about 40 miles.

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