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Fishing report: River fishing shows signs of improving

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
February 26, 2013 2:43 pm

Lakes

Chelan: Anglers are catching a pretty decent number of lake trout one day and struggle the next. The area above the Yacht Club and in the flat below Wapato Point have been the best locations. Trolling at 1.2-1.7mph down within 5 feet of the bottom triggered the bite.

Rufus Woods: People who are still fishing are eking out a few fish, but the action can be very tough. Try using a dough bait like Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American wildfire.

Washington: The south end of Mercer Island is producing some cutthroat trout. People are trolling with herring behind a dodger, or a chartreuse Ace Hi fly.

Rivers

Olympic Coast: The steelhead fishing has been picking up with the recent rain. The Hoh, Calawah and Sol Duc are good options right now and river conditions are very good after being blown out over the weekend.

Skookumchuck: The steelhead fishing has certainly improved in the last week. While not great, people are hooking fishing with eggs and drifting jigs tipped with shrimp under a float.

Wynoochee: People are catching steelhead on most trips. People are drifting eggs or pulling plugs where they’re seeing fish rolling on the surface.

Yakima: The trout action has been fair to good, with people catching a good number of rainbows in the 17- to 20-inch range. The best action has been mid-day using nymphs like a 20-incher stonefly or a peacock Jimmy legs stone.

Saltwater

Fly fishing: There is still some good action for resident coho off Titlow Beach. The fishing for searun cutthroat trout has been fair to good. The coho seem to be focusing on euphausids while cutthroat are hitting baitfish patterns.

South Sound: The salmon fishing has been slow, with the weather hampering the effort. A few fish have been caught off Point Dalco, Quartermater Harbor area and the slag pile. Try trolling a flasher and spoon 10 feet off the bottom in water 120-150 feet deep.

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