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Fishing report: Mixed reports on steelhead action

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:55 am |
February 15, 2013 10:55 am

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

Lakes

American: Anglers are reporting they have been catching smaller fish as of late. Power Eggs, in green or yellow, fished off the bottom is still the go-to method right now. People are using garlic and herring scents.

Offut: The action for the trout has been pretty consistent for this time of year. The rainbows have been measuring 14-20 inches with a good girth. Most people are using dough bait and worms fished off the bottom.

Spanaway: The fishing has been a little slow. People are catching trout by still fishing the south end. They are using a 2-foot leader with worm and marshmallow or Power Bait. People also are hooking rainbows drifting a single egg in the outlet stream.

Rivers

Humptulips: The fishing has been fair to good. People are float drifting with bait or artificials like corkies and yarn or worms. When the water drops and clears, try side drifting with bait or go to a bobber and jig. People fishing with plugs have been catchng fewer fish, but they have been bigger fish.

Olympic Coast: The action has been fair, with some bigger fish being caught. The Sol Duc and Bogachiel have been a good spot. People are using floats with jigs tipped with shrimp or flies like an Intruder.

Wynoochee: The steelhead fishing has been good in recent days. People are pulling plugs or drifting corkies and yarn to land some bright fish.

Saltwater

Hood Canal: The Misery Point area continues to produce consistent catches of blackmouth. People are trolling with spoons in water about 100 feet deep.

North Sound: The blackkmouth action has been a little on the slow side. People were catching some fish in fairly shallow water – 60-70 feet deep – off Possession Bar. Some of the fish are feeding on shrimp. Foulweather Bluff and Bush Point also are producing fish.

South Sound: A few more legal-size blackmouth have been caught this week, but the action is still on the slow side. People are finding some fish off Quartermaster Harbor. Successful anglers are trolling spoons like the Coho Killer behind a flasher right off the bottom during the late afternoon tide change.

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