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Fishing report: Trout fishing at area lakes improves

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on April 5, 2013 at 11:01 am with No Comments »
April 5, 2013 11:02 am
Here are the top finishers in last weekend’s Anacortes Salmon Derby. From left, Rich Olson of Everett, second place, 19.42-pound salmon, $5,000; Scott Fowler of Burlington, first place, 21.52 pounds, $15,000; and Jay Murphy of Puyallup, third place, 19.10 pounds, $2,500. (Anacortes Salmon Derby)
Here are the top finishers in last weekend’s Anacortes Salmon Derby. From left, Rich Olson of Everett, second place, 19.42-pound salmon, $5,000; Scott Fowler of Burlington,
first place, 21.52 pounds, $15,000; and Jay Murphy of Puyallup, third place, 19.10 pounds, $2,500. (Anacortes Salmon Derby)

 

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

Lakes

Black: The trout fishing is slowly picking up. According to reports, the best action has been a result of trolling with bait or spoons.

Munn: The rainbow trout action has been good. Fly anglers are having success using a green woolly bugger fished on a sinking line, or fishing chironomids under a strike indicator. Remember this is a catch-and-release lake.

Nahwatzel: Fishing with orange Power Bait has been the most effective method for catching limits.

Potholes: Water temperatures in the sand dunes area has reached a reported 60
degrees. Bass anglers are catching largemouth in the dunes, including one that weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. Smallmouth bass, including some topping 5 pounds, are being caught from the rocks by Goose Island. Lind Coulee is starting to produce some walleye, as is Crab Creek.

Rivers

Cowlitz: The fishing is still on the slow side, but people putting in the time to cover lots of water are bring home some steelhead and a few spring chinook. Side drifting eggs or corkies, as well as back trolling bait have been effective methods.

Olympic Coast: Rain earlier this week has shot water levels up rapidly. The Hoh went from about 2,000 cfs mid-day Thursday to 5,540 cfs Friday morning. This might not be the weekend to make the trip.

Yakima: Flows on the river have doubled since early this week, and water conditions below the Teanaway River confluence are poor. If you have to try, hit the upper river.

Saltwater

Hood Canal: The action has been on the slow side, but indications are the best action is at the south end of the canal. Try spots like Triton Cove, Hole in the Wall or between Ayock Point, Lilliwaup and down to Hoodsport.

North Sound: The fishing has been good, at least for Scott Fowler of Burlington. His 21.52-pound fish was big enough to win the Anacortes Salmon Derby, and the $15,000 first-place prize. In second was Rich Olson of Everett with a 19.42-pound salmon, to earn $5,000. In third place was Jay Murphy of Puyallup, whose 19.10-pounder earned him $2,500. Jerry Schmidt of Olympia won $2,500 for catching the secret weight fish, a 7.20-pound salmon. Overall, there were 256 fish weighed, at an average of 8.3 pounds.

South Sound: The salmon fishing remains slow overall. Some local fishermen are reporting there seems to be an uptick in the action, with some chinook being caught at Quartermaster Harbor by fishing spoons on the bottom.

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