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Fishing report: Record catch at Roche Harbor salmon derby

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:26 am |
February 12, 2013 11:26 am

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

Rivers

Cowlitz: The fishing has been slow. A state creel check of six bank anglers showed they released two steelhead and one cutthroat. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered just 23 winter-run steelhead, eight coho adults and two jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Olympic Coast: The steelhead action has been fair, in terms of numbers of fish, but good in terms of the size of fish. Water levels are down and the water clear, so go with smaller gear.

Wenatchee: The steelhead action has been fair to good, with most anglers hooking a fish each day. Jigs under a float, or a streamer swung through a long run have been producing hookups.

Yakima: The trout action has been decent, with most people hooking some large fish with small flies. Start with a red zebra midge fished along the bottom of the deeper holes.

Lakes

American: The rainbow trout fishing has been good, producing some limits. Yellow Power Eggs are still the go-to bait, fished with a garlic scent.

Cady: Fly anglers are catching a few rainbow trout. Try slowly strippingin a damsel fly nymph. There have been few people on the lake.

Saltwater

Fly fishing: The action for searun cutthroat trout has been fair to good. Look for the fish holding near the mouth of a creek during a tidal change. The fish seem to be hitting squid patterns right now, since the chum and pink salmon fry have yet to move out of the streams. Remember, searuns must be released.

Hood Canal: While not great by any means, there has been some decent blackmouth fishing in the Misery Point area in the central canal. State sampling Sunday showed 23 anglers brought in five fish.

North Sound: The hot fishing in the San Juan Islands continued during last weekend’s Roche Harbor Salmon Classic. A record 196 salmon were weighed during the two-day event. Pete Nelsen of Shaw Island won the $10,000 first prize with a 16.7-pound fishing, just edging Carter Whalen of Friday Harbor, who brough in a 16.4 pounder. Whalen earned $5,000 for second place. In third place, earning $3,000, was Brock Warin Friday Harbor, who caught a 15.12-pound fish. Christian Thomas of Tacoma, 5 ½ years old, was the youngest angler in the derby. He landed a 4.08-pound fish.

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