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Fishing reports: Lakes warm, fishing improves

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on April 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
April 19, 2013 2:25 pm

Lakes

Munn: The trout fishing has picked up. People still doing well with chironomids. Most people are fishing chironomid patterns under an indicator. Or try leeaches and woolly buggers in dark colors.

Rattlesnake: The trout fishing has been good to very good. Try leeches fished on an intermediate sinking line. Be willing to change the color of your fly, from olive to black to brown, until you find a color that is productive.

Tapps: The lake is producing a few smallmouth bass, but not in great numbers or size. The water temperatures have dropped, likely slowing the action. The fish seem to be holding fairly deep, in water 20-25 feet deep.

Rivers

Cowlitz: The fishing remains fair at best for steelhead and a few more spring chinook. The action has been hit and miss. For springers, back trolling with eggs, sand shrimp or herring. Off the bank, use eggs or sand shrimp under a bobber.

Olympic Coast: The rivers are on the rise again, so this might not be the weekend to make the trip to the coast. The Sol Duc has been producing some steelhead and a few spring chinook. The Bogachiel and Calawah have been slow. The Hoh closed Tuesday.

Yakima: The trout fishing has been fair to good. There has been a March brown hatch most afternoons and there are still some skwalas coming off as well. The fish seem to be congregated in specific pools, rather than spread throughout the river.

Salt water

Beaches: The state has approved a morning razor clam dig that will run from Wednesday-April 30 at Twin Harbors beach and some of those days at three other ocean beaches. No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon. Here are the beaches that are open, along with the low tide times: Wednesday, 6:10 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors; Thursday, 6:54 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors; Friday, 7:38 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis; April 27, 8:24 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis; April 28, 9:11 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis; April 29, 10:01 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks; and April 30, 10:55 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors.

South Sound: The reports are more positive this week. The state checkers reported nine chinook were brought in by 29 boats. People are reportedly catching fish along the shoreline north of Gig Harbor and off the slag pile. Fishing spoons, such as a green splatterback Tail Wagger, off the bottom has been working best.

Westport: Rough water conditions have limited ocean fishing. When the boats have been able to get out, people are catching some nice lingcod, as well as limits of rockfish.

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