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Fishing reports: Lots of good action these days

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on June 18, 2013 at 11:57 am |
June 18, 2013 11:57 am

Here are some of the reports that will be included in the fishing report that runs in Wednesday’s Sports section:

Rivers

Columbia: The spring Chinook action was fairly slow last week, based on state creel samples. There were 1,031 bank anglers checked, and they kept 59 adult Chinook and eight jacks, plus 16 steelhead. They released 42 adults and 18 jacks. There also were 605 boaters checked and they kept 39 adults, seven jacks and 22 steelhead. They also released 42 adults and eight jacks. The best action was in the Kalama area. Shad fishing below Bonneville Dam has picked up.

Icicle: Salmon fishing for hatchery spring chinook in the river will close at sunset today. The run has not been as strong as forecast, and hatcheries have not met their broodstock collection goals.

Yakima: The trout action has been good to very good. In the canyon, pale morning duns are hatching on cloudy days and in the evenings the trout are feeding caddis emergers. Overall, the fish are smaller, but people are catching more fish.

Lakes

American: The trout fishing has been very good to excellent, with many anglers bringing home limits caught in a fairly show amount of time. Boat anglers are trolling a red Wedding Ring tipped with worm and run behind pop gear. The lake was stocked two weeks ago with 1,500 rainbows weighing 1 ½ pounds each.

Crescent: This lake in Olympic National Park has been fishing well. Black and white leeches are effective for catching rainbow and cutthroat trout. Considering fishing the mouth of Barnes Creek.

Mayfield: The tiger muskie action is still slow, based on the result of the Northwest Tiger Pac Chapter 57 tournament held Saturday. One one qualifying fish, a 36-incher, was landed. The weed beds have not developed quite yet.
Mineral: The lake has been fishing well. Try still fishing the west end with a worm-Power Bait combo, or trolling with a green Wedding Ring tipped with some worm.

St. Clair: The fishing has been pretty good. Anglers are catching plenty of largemouth bass, just nothing really big, and the bluegill action has been good along the weed beds. The lake was recently stocked with 2,500 ½-pound rainbows.

Salt water

Fly fishing: The action for searun cutthroat trout has been good. Try using a flat-wing pattern in olive and white, or poppers. Remember, searun cutthroat must be released.

South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) has been a little slow at the start of the week. Trolling was most effective because anglers had to cover a lot of water to find the fish. While the number of fish caught was fairly small, the fish were good size.

Westport:
The fish have been spread out, although there was consistent action of the just outside the bar at tidal changes over the weekend.

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