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Fishing report: Reports are mixed

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
May 7, 2013 3:30 pm

Salt water

Fly fishing: The searun cutthroat trout action remains very good. Use any type of baitfish patterns, although many anglers are still opting for flies that mimic chum fry.

South Sound: Salmon fishing south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge remains open. Good places to try include Point Gibson, Green Point and the mouth of Wollochet Bay. The lingcod fishing has been a bit slow overall.

Westport: The halibut fishing got off to a good start, with charter boats bringing in limits during Sunday’s opener, as well as some limits of lingcod.

Lakes

Clear (Pierce): People are catching some limits of kokanee. Try fishing with shrimp or maggots close to the bottom.

Chelan: Trolling in water 280-340 feet deep near the Yacht Club is producing a large number of lake trout. For anglers willing to make the trip, fishing the upper parts of the lake off Castle Creek is resulting in good numbers of lake trout and chinook salmon. The kokanee bite continues to be spotty, except for the early morning bite.

Lenice: Fly anglers are using bloodworm patterns to hook rainbow trout. Wind has been an issue for many folks.

Tapps: With water temperatures topping 60 degrees, the smallmouth bass are moving into shallow water to spawn. Try bouncing grubs off the bottom. The tiger muskies also are moving in close to shore.

Rivers

Cowlitz: Some spring chinook are being caught, but the fish are scattered throughout the river. Note that the south side of the river from Mill Creek to the Barrier Dam is closed to all fishing through mid June. The spring chinook return to Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery as of Saturday was 456 adults including 16 wild fish, compared to last year’s count of 563 hatchery and 11 wild adults. Hatchery escapement goal is 1,644 adults.

Kalama: Despite few people fishing, some steelhead are being caught. The river remains closed to fishing for spring chinook.

Yakima: The river flows have been steadily rising since May 1, and were at 5,840 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning. That makes the fishing difficult.

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