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Fishing report: Local salmon fishing improves

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on April 3, 2013 at 11:22 am with No Comments »
April 3, 2013 11:22 am

Here are the highlights from today’s fishing report, prepared by my co-worker Bruce Drysdale.

SALTWATER

South Sound: Anglers aren’t heading out from Point Defiance boathouse in great numbers, but those who have are seeing better luck and bigger fish recently, including a 10-pound, 14-ounce chinook over the weekend and many in the 6-to-8-pound range. Try your luck over by Vashon Island on the low tide and closer to the park on high tide.

LAKES

Spanaway: Fishing is good for hefty trout. Trollers are having good luck going slow with Rapalas around 15 feet. Bank anglers are using rainbow PowerBait or a worm-marshmallow combo at the south end and are landing rainbows up to 4 pounds. Large browns are hitting spincasters from boats and the dock. If you’re fly-fishing, try chironomid or bloodworm patterns.

American: It’s been a bit slow. Trollers are having some success with spinners tipped with a worm. Dock anglers can try bobber and worm or yellow or cream dough eggs off the bottom.

Chelan: Kokanee have moved from the edge of Mill Bay to various locations in the lower basin. Most are 15-17 inches long. Continue to work depths of 50-100 feet at speeds of 1.1-1.4 mph.

Silver (Cowlitz County): This year-round lake near Castle Rock was planted with nearly 4,000 rainbows last week.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: According to a state report, 46 bank anglers kept one steelhead and released another. Another 45 boat anglers kept one adult springer and 17 steelhead. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 382 winter steelhead, two spring chinook and one cutthroat trout over a five-day span at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Also last week, Tacoma Power released 49 steelhead and two spring chinook into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 56 steelhead and one cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

Columbia: (lower-river mainstem below Bonneville dam) Last week, a report showed 2,795 anglers who had landed 134 adult and three jack spring chinook and six steelhead. For sturgeon, the catch has picked up for boaters in the Vancouver-to-Woodland stretch. In The Dalles Pool, boat anglers are having some success, but things are slow for bank anglers. The effort and the catches are picking up for boat anglers in the John Day Pool.

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