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Fishing reports: Rivers are low and clear

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 18, 2013 at 10:44 am with No Comments »
January 18, 2013 10:44 am


North Sound: The salmon fishing remains good in the San Juan Islands, where some of the fish are reaching 25 pounds. A few fish are being caught off Hat Island and Columbia Beach. Action in Marine Area 9 has been fair, with some fish being caught since it opened Wednesday. There are a few spots left in the 100-boat field for 10th annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Feb. 7-8. For details, call Debbie Sandwith at 360-378-5562.

South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 13 has been slow. Squid action has slowed at local in the last week, but people are still bringing some squid home. There has been better squid action off piers in Des Moines and Redondo.


Fish: The ice fishing at this water near Lake Wenatchee has been very good for perch and trout. The ice is 6-7 inches thick. Most are vertical jigging with size 2-3 Swedish Pimples in chrome or chrome with chartreuse, tipped with perch meat or maggots.

Spanaway: People are catching rainbow and brown trout off the dock and the bank near the swimming area. People are using worms with marshmallows or Power Eggs. In an emergency, some people are using chunks of orange foam ear plugs to help float the worm. Some of the trout are weighing up to 4 pounds.

Spencer: The fish you do catch should be fairly big and the flesh firm. Try slowly trolling woolly buggers in olive and/or black and Carey Specials close to the bottom.


Cowlitz: The fishing has been described as great, while the catching has been so so. While anglers are enjoying the blue skies, they are working are to find fish. The key is working deep pools with slower water. Jigs under and float and plugs are the best way to go.

Olympic Coast: The rivers are very low and gin clear. The flows on the Hoh were 1,670 cfs Friday morning, about half of what they normally are this time of year. People are catching a few steelhead here and there. The Sol Doc has been a consistent producer.

Yakima: Cold temperatures have ice on the river, especially the lower canyon stretch. The river is pretty clear of ice upstream of Thorp. The best action has been fishing streamers during the “heat” of the day.

Wynoochee: This might be the best bet in the area, but the action has not been great by any stretch of the imagination. Small, dark jigs, plugs and spoons will work best with the water low and clear.

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