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Fishing: Good reports for trout and halibut

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 10, 2013 at 10:54 am |
May 10, 2013 10:54 am

The return of spring chinook jacks counted at Bonneville Dam is on a near-record pace. Through May 9, a total of 18,032 spring chinook jacks had been counted at the dam. The record, since at least 1960, was 18,119 fish in 2009. That year, nearly 82,000 jacks were counted through June 15, the end of the spring chinook count at the dam, said Joe Hymer with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Lakes

American: The trout fishing has been good. People are fishing down 15 feet with a worm and a bobber or trolling with some sort of flasher with a worm. People are catching lots of 14-inch rainbows. The kokanee fishing has been slow.

Potholes: With surface water temperatures topping 70 degrees, shore anglers are seeing smallmouth and largemouth bass cruising the shoreline to locate spawning areas. There also are large numbers of yellow perch, crappie and bluegill.

Tanwax: The action for largemouth bass has been good, with a number of 3-pound fish being caught. One angler reported having success using a 5-inch brown Senko worm.

Salt water

Beaches: A razor clam dig continues through Tuesday at Twin Harbors, and Saturday at Long Beach. No digging will be allowed at either beach after noon. The low tide times for this dig: Saturday, 8:12 a.m., -0.8 feet, Twin Harbors and Long Beach; Sunday, 8:48 a.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors; Monday, 9:23 a.m., -0.5 feet, Twin Harbors; and Tuesday, 10:01 a.m., -0.2 feet, Twin Harbors. There will be no more digs this season at Copalis and Mocrocks. The harvest guidelines at those beaches have been met.

North Sound: The lingcod fishing has been good around the San Juans Islands, while the halibut fishing has been on the slow side. The shrimp action has been pretty good. The lingcod action also has been good at Deception Pass, the south end of Hat Island and off Camano Head.

South Sound: The lingcod fishing has been slow in the last few days. Some anglers are reporting catching lingcod off the Des Moines Pier. Trolling and mooching has been producing some salmon off Point Gibson and Green Point in Marine Area 13.

Rivers

Cowlitz: The best action for spring chinook has been shore fishing at barrier dam. The fish are spread throughout the river, with some good boat action near Toledo.

Olympic Coast: The lower Sol Duc has been a good option in recent days. Some summer-run steelhead are being caught, as well as the occasional spring chinook. The Hoh River reopens Thursday, on a Wednesday-Sunday schedule.

Yakima: The river is unfishable right now, with flows topping 7,100 cubic feet per second. It likely won’t be fishable until flows at Untanum drop below 4,000 cfs.

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