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Fishing report: Action improves as bad weather clears out

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 am |
May 14, 2013 10:21 am

Lakes

American: Some anglers are catching their limits of kokanee, trolling the west side of the lake. Pink seems to be the most productive color, both for a dodger and squid-style lures. The fish were holding 20-25 feet down, according to one report.

Crescent: Trolling Wedding Rings in orange or pink is producing catches of rainbow trout.

Drano: Boat anglers averaged almost a chinook per every four rods last week. About 30 percent of the catch were jacks.

Pattison: The action has not been red hot, but people fishing from shore are catching rainbow trout fishing a worm under a bobber. Some fish are weighing 3 pounds.

Ward: The rainbow trout action has been fair to good. Try trolling with a pink Wedding Ring tipped with a worm.

Rivers

Columbia: The lower river from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Interstate 5 Bridge will reopen Thursday for hatchery steelhead, hatchery chinook jacks and shad. The stretch from the I-5 Bridge to Bonneville Dam also opens Thursday for shad. Boat anglers are catching some legal-size sturgeon in the estuary and between Vancouver and Woodland. Bank anglers are catching some legals in the Camas-Washougal area. In The Dalles Pool, boat anglers averaged two walleye and 14 bass kept or released per rod last week.

Cowlitz: Spring chinook are being caught, mainly around the barrier dam. As of May 10, 701 adult Chinook have returned, including 33 wild origin. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,644 adults.

Lewis: Some steelhead being caught while fishing for Chinook is closed. The return as of May 10 is 28 adults including one wild origin. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.

Yakima: The river was flowing at 6,910 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning. That and poor visibility make it unfishable.

Salt water

Fly fishing: The action for searun cutthroat trout has picked up as the fish have returned from spawning in streams. Purdy Spit and the beaches around Case Inlet are good spots to try.

South Sound: Creel checks of anglers fishing in Marine Area 13, south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, shows some people are catching chinook. Point Gibson, Green Point and the mouth of Wollochet Bay remain productive. A few lingcod were checked over the weekend at local boat ramps, but the fishing is far from hot.

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