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Fishing report: Steelhead action on the slow side

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 29, 2013 at 11:05 am |
January 29, 2013 11:05 am

Rivers

Cowlitz: The steelhead fishing has been very slow. A state creel sample of 13 bank anglers showed no catch and eight boat anglers kept just one steelhead. Thursday will be the last day to fish lower end of Blue and Mill creeks in the current two-month season.

Olympic Coast: The steelhead action has been spotty for the most part, but the fish people are catching tend to be fairly large. The Sol Duc and the Hoh have been the most consistent producers. Fishing on Bogachiel has been best in the lower river.

Rocky Ford: The trout fishing on this small stream has been fair to good. People report success using beaded midges drifted under an indicator.

Snoqualmie: People are still catching steelhead. The water color is a bit murky. Anglers are using orange/yellow jigs fished under a float.

Saltwater

North Sound: The salmon action has been a bit on the slow side overall, with the best action around the San Juan Islands.

South Sound: The salmon fishing below the Tacoma Narrows Bridge remains slow, in part because few people have been on the water. People are finding some fish off Point Gibson. Salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 reopens Friday – local docks are open to salmon fishing already.

Lakes

American: Power Eggs fished off the bottom, in green or yellow, continues to produce good catches of rainbow trout. Others report catching trout while trolling a Flatfish.

Roses: People wanting to do some ice fishing might want to make the trip here. People are catching some hefty trout using maggots on a jig. The fishing has been better later in the day.

Washington: People are catching some cutthroat trout, but the action is far from hot. One angler reported success trolling about 25 feet down in water 45 feet deep. He was using a pink/green plug behind a yellow flasher with green highlights.

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