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Fishing report: Weekend rain slowed the action

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on April 9, 2013 at 11:01 am |
April 9, 2013 11:01 am

If you were like me last weekend, stuck dodging the rain while running from indoor soccer games to lacrosse games, the idea of going fishing certainly would have seemed appealing. Well, it wasn’t. That’s the consensus of just about everyone regarding last weekend’s action.

Still, some people were catching fish. Here are the highlights from the fishing report that will run in Wednesday’s Sports section.

Rivers

Columbia: The salmon fishing improved some last week. In sampling done below Bonneville Dam, 3,225 anglers had 479 adult and three jack spring chinook and four steelhead. Sturgeon anglers are catching some legal-size fish below the dam and in the John Day Pool.

Cowlitz: Overall, the fishing has been slow. During creel checks last week, 100 bank anglers kept one chinook and three steelhead, while 40 boat anglers kept three chinook and three steelhead plus released one chinook. Also last week, Tacoma Power recovered 561 winter-run steelhead and seven spring chinook adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Olympic Coast: The river levels are dropping and the steelhead fishing should be good. Try the Sol Duc first and then the Hoh.

Lakes

American: The trout fishing has improved. Some anglers reported having success trolling with a worm-tipped red Wedding Ring behind pop gear. The kokanee action has been slow.

Chelan: The kokanee action is picking up steam and seems to be a replay of last year’s good fishing. Look for the fish holding in water 50-70 feet deep. Rose-colored Wedding Rings trolled behind a pink dodger has been an effective setup.

Riffe: The lake is producing some landlocked silver salmon, but not in great numbers yet. Trolling has been more effective than any other method right now.

St. Clair: The lake has been producing some limits, especially for those people focusing on the fish holding near the surface. One angler reported having success with orange Trout Magnets.

Saltwater

Fly fishing: The action for searun cutthroat trout has been good to very good. Look for the fish near streams as they return to the salt water after spawning. They are keying on chum fry.

South Sound: Dismal weather made for dismal fishing over the weekend. Creel sample reports from seven spots around the South Sound and Hood Canal showed only two chinook brought in by just 26 anglers. Trolling with flashers and squid have been producing the most hook ups.

Westport: Charter boats have been kept in the harbor by the weather. Before that, the action for lingcod was very good, while slower for rockfish.

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