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Fishing report: Cold makes fishing a bit slow

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:52 am |
January 15, 2013 11:52 am

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will appear in Wednesday’s Sports section:

Rivers

Olympic Coast: The action has been picking up as more wild steelhead are starting to show up. River conditions have been good early in the week, but will be low and clear by the weekend. The Bogachiel is still a bit dirty from a slide in the upper river.

Skykomish: The steelhead fishing has been slow, although a few fish are being landed in the Reiter Ponds area. People are having luck casting gold spoons or using jigs tipped with shrimp under a float.

Wynoochee: The river is still producing consistent catches of steelhead, just not in the numbers as a couple of weeks ago. River levels have dropped, so consider switching to smaller gear.

Yakima: Low and fluctuating flows, and cold weather, have made the trout fishing slow. Run streamers or nymphs through the slower water in deep pools.

Lakes

Black: The lake was stocked the first week of the month with 3,500 catchable-size rainbow trout. There were 2 ½ fish per pound.

Bradley: A few larger trout are being caught, when the surface has not been frozen over. The lake was stocked earlier this month with 1,500 catchable-size rainbows. There were 2 ½ fish per pound.

Lone: The trout fishing has been fair to good. People are having success with white bunny leeches or a bright green woolly bugger-type fly. Fish them low and slow.

Saltwater

Fly fishing: People are catching resident coho along beaches south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Try using a shrimp or euphausid pattern retrieved with slow, erratic twitches.

North Sound: This remains the best place to catch a blackmouth salmon. Creel checks at ramps in Bellingham and Anacortes show a catch rate of about one fish per three people.

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