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Fishing report: Reports are mixed, in part because of the weather

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on March 19, 2013 at 10:37 am |
March 19, 2013 10:37 am

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

Rivers

Columbia: The state last week we sampled 2,348 anglers who had 82 adult and one jack spring chinook and five steelhead. Fishing success improved in the Cathlamet area as the week progressed. Remember, the the mainstem below Bonneville Dam will be closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead and shad Tuesday and April 2. Sturgeon fishing is slow, but some legal-size fish are being caught in the The Dalles and John Day pools. Just an FYI, there have been lots of smelt making their way up the river and into the Cowlitz. But fishing for them, because they are listed on the Endangered Species Act, is closed statewide.

Olympic Coast: This might be a good time to chase steelhead as the area rivers are slowly dropping to normal levels. Midweek rain could bring a fresh run of fish into the systems.

Skookumchuck: The action has slowed down, but there are still steelhead in the river. You might have to cover some ground to find them. Corkies and yarn or eggs seem to be most effective right now.

Yakima: After peaking at almost 4,000 cfs on Sunday, flows are slowly dropping, but are still about twice what they normally are for this time of year. Cast stonfly patterns to fish holding along the banks in this high water.

Lakes

Black: The trout fishing has been slow over the last week, in large part because of the wind and rain.

Chelan: People are starting to catch some large kokanee by trolling the edges of the lake. Most of the landlocked sockeye salmon are measuring 15-17 inches.  Look for fish holding along the shore in water 50-100 feet deep.  Try using a Mack’s Double D dodger trailed by an orange or pink Mini Cha Cha Squidder baited with some Pautzke’s Fire Corn.

Lenice: The trout fishing has been good to very good. Trolling with leeches, or a chironomid under an indicator, is producing fish up to 21 inches long.

Rattlesnake: The trout, while not large, are biting. Fly anglers are using olive and black leech patterns, fished on an intermediate sink line to keep the fly close to the bottom.

Saltwater

Fly fishing: The action for searun cutthroat trout remains fair to good. Look for the fish to be congregrating near the mouths of streams looking for chum fry. Remember, it is catch and release for searun cutthroat.

South Sound: People are catching a few more blackmouth, but not a lot of them. The fish are weighing 4-6 pounds. Try trolling with flashers and hoochies or spoons off the slag pile or clay banks on outgoing tides and Point Dalco on incoming tides.

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