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Fishing report: Conditions improve on Olympic Coast rivers

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on March 5, 2013 at 10:15 am |
March 5, 2013 10:15 am

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will run in Wednesday’s Sports section.

Rivers

Columbia: During the first three days of March they state checked 760 anglers who had caught 17 spring chinook and eight steelhead. All but one of the chinook were caught by boat anglers from Kalama to Vancouver. The steelhead were caught from Vancouver downstream. During Saturday’s effort flight count, there were 280 boats and 355 bank anglers. Sturgeon has been on the slow side below and above Bonneville Dam.

Olympic Coast: After being blown out over the weekend, rivers are dropping and the steelhead fishing should improve. The Hoh has seen lots of big fish, while the Sol Duc should have a greater number of fish.

Yakima: The best game plan right now is to nymph in the morning with a stonefly and dropper fly about 4-5 feet under an indicator. In the afternoon, look for trout rising to eat midges. Try working a Griffth’s gnat through the slow water of an inside corner.

Saltwater

Beaches: The next razor clam dig opens Thursday, and now includes an extra day of digging at Long Beach. No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon. Here is the list of openings and low tide times: Friday, 4:01 p.m., 0 ;Thursday, 3:06 p.m., +0.3 feet, Twin Harbors feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach; Saturday, 4:50 p.m., -0.2 feet, Twin
Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday, 6:33 p.m., -0.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Monday, 7:12 p.m., 0 feet, Twin Harbors. Diggers are reminded Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday.

Hood Canal: There has been some decent blackmouth fishing in the Brinnon-Seabeck area. State creel sampling Saturday at Pleasant Harbor Marina near Brinnon showed 22 anglers brought in 11 salmon. On Sunday, however, another 22 people came in empty handed.

North Sound: Starting Wednesday, anglers can keep just one salmon per day in Marine Area 9, the portion of Puget Sound stretching from Seattle to Bremerton. State fishery managers approved the new limit – down from two fish per day – after determining that the number of chinook kept or released has exceeded pre-season projections.

Lakes

American: The trout fishing has slowed down, despite the recent good weather. The bite has been light as the fish seem tentative to strike hard.

Chelan: The best action for lake trout is trolling over the flats area below Wapato Point. Anglers have been catching mostly smaller fish, with some larger fish coming from working the edges of the lower basin.

Eastside: The fishing at the lakes that opened Friday has been good to very good. Lenice has fished well, as did Qunicy and Nunnally. Fly anglers are using chironomids, bloodworms, dark-colored leeches and olive woolly buggers.

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