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Fishing report: Lake fishing for trout getting better

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on March 8, 2013 at 10:40 am |
March 8, 2013 10:40 am

Rivers

Olympic Coast: The rivers are in good shape and should be that way through early next week. The Hoh and Sol Duc would be good options for this weekend, although the Hoh will likely draw a crowd. The Bogachiel and Calawah are not fishing quite as well.

Skookumchuck: The fishing has been fair, with anglers reporting they need patience as well as eggs, jigs and floats or corkies and yarn, to hook a steelhead.

Yakima: The fishing has been fair to good. For the most part, people are drifting nymphs like a 20 Incher and skwalas in sizes 6-10. Brassies, WD-40s and flashback pheasant tails also are effective.

Saltwater

Beaches: A razor clam dig continues through Monday on some beaches. Here are the openings and low tide times: 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.

Fly fishing: Anglers are starting to see more searun cutthroat trout along local beaches, but fewer resident coho. The trout are focusing on baitfish, like sand lances and firecracker herring. Rules require the searuns to be released.

Hood Canal: People are catching some nice blackmouth off Misery Point. Try trolling a Silver Horde Tailwagger spoon right on the bottom in water about 110 feet deep.

Lakes

Eastside: Fly anglers are having luck fishing chironomids under an indicator or slowly trolling with leech and woolly bugger patterns on a full-sink or intermediate-sink line. The Seep Lakes, Quincy Lakes and Dusty are producing good catches of rainbows.

Offut: The fishing has been good to very good. The lake was stocked last week with 1,200-1,500 cutthroat trout weighing 1/12-2 pound each. Trolling with a Wedding Ring has been the best way to hook a cutthroat.

Potholes: The fishing for rainbow trout has been good, with some limits coming in. The Blythe Point Boat Launch and Frenchman’s Wasteway, where it enters the reservoir, have been good spots. The walleye fishing is still on the slow side, but some large fish (10 pounders) are being caught.

Spanaway: People are catching rainbow and brown trout, some topping 4 pounds. Trolling a rainbow-colored deep diving Rapala 4-5 inches long is effective. Fly fishermen are having success with bloodworms fished near the lake bottom. Or try still fishing with Power Bait or a worm and marshmallow on the south end.

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