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Fishing report: River anglers await forecasted rain

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 23, 2013 at 9:49 am with No Comments »
January 23, 2013 9:49 am

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that ran in today’s Sports section.


Fly fishing: Anglers are catching resident coho are not only in the Tacoma Narrows, but in Colvos and Hales passages, and even in Case Inlet. Look for jumping or fish breaking the surface. Baitfish and krill patterns have been best, including West’s Imitator, euphasiids and pink/white Clousers.

South Sound: The salmon fishing south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge has been slow, in large part because of the less-than-ideal weather. Squid action has slowed down.


American: The trout fishing was a bit slow over the weekend, although anglers reported seeing them hitting bugs at the surface.

Chelan: People are catching fish in the deep water above the Yacht Club and in the indeterminate flat below Wapato Point. A Rushin’ Salmon Wobbler in purple glow worked well, as did a Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite spoon in orange splatterback glow. The key was to troll at .9-2.1mph with your lures within 5 feet of the bottom.

Roses: Ice fishing on this lake near Manson has finally begun. People are using dough baits like Pautzke’s Firebait in American wildfire or sinking baits like Pautzke’s Balls ‘O Fire or worms. The morning bite has been the best.


Humptulips: The fishing has been on the slow side. The river was flowing at 894 cfs Tuesday afternoon, well below the typical 2,010 cfs for that day.

Olympic Coast: Despite tough conditions, anglers are catching some steelhead. The action should pick up if the rain in the forecast for the rest of the week comes true. The Sol Duc and Hoh will be the best options.

Skykomish: The Reiter Ponds are continues to produce some steelhead, just not in great numbers. White jigs fished under a bobber through the seams between fast and slow water are working. Nickle Dick Nite spoons also are producing catches of rainbow trout.

Yakima: The river is fishable after temperatures have warmed up, meaning there is no ice flowing downstream. The best fishing has been from 1-4 p.m. as the day warms. People are having the best luck fishing nymphs like a brown Pat’s stonefly or streamers like a Sculpzilla.

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