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Fishing report: Plenty of salmon action in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on July 12, 2013 at 10:16 am with No Comments »
July 12, 2013 10:16 am

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will appear in Saturday’s Sports section.


Columbia: Starting Saturday, anglers fishing on the lower river may keep up to two sockeye salmon as part of their daily catch limit. The new rule will be in effect through July 31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upriver to Bonneville Dam.

Cowlitz: The fishing has been fair, at best, based on state creel sampling.

Lewis: The summer-run steelhead fishing has been fair to good, slowed in part by low water conditions. The fish are there and will hit your offerings pretty good if you can find them.

Skykomish: Anglers are catching chinook and steelhead from Sultan downriver to or below Monroe. Side drifting eggs is the best method right now. Cover lots of water until you hook a fish, then work that water hard.


Black: The trout fishing has been good for people fishing off the bottom with Power Bait and Power Eggs in pink or fluorescent green. Try getting your bait 3-4 feet off the bottom in water about 20 feet deep.

Potholes: Some of the best action has been fishing surface lures in the morning and evening for bass. One angler reported catching an 11 pound, 8 ounce walleye by Goose Island. Crab Creek also has been producing walleye for fishermen trolling using spinners and night crawlers and Rapala Shad Raps. Perch fishing has been very good to excellent.

Tapps: The smallmouth bass action has been very good in recent days. Look for fishing holding in water about 10-12 feet deep. They are hitting crankbaits and Carolina rigs.

Salt water

Fly fishing: Fishing for searun cutthroat trout remains consistently good. Try flies like Lawn Darts, olive and white marabou clousers, Beach Sliders and candlefish and sand lance patterns. Areas all around the Gig Harbor peninsula are producing fish: Colvos Passage, Hales Passage, Narrows, and Henderson Bay.

Ilwaco: Anglers last week averaged 1.03 salmon per person, down from 1.39 fish a person the week before. Sixth percent of the catch was coho. Look for fish off Long Beach 40-60 feet deep.

Strait of Juan de Fuca: The fishing has been very good, with people catching most chinook but also some coho and a few early pinks. Sunday at Sekiu, a check of 160 anglers showed a catch of 93 chinook, 59 coho and 25 pinks. The same day at Port Angeles, 146 anglers brought in 28 chinook, eight coho and 151 pinks. A green flasher followed by a purple hoochie has been effective.

South Sound: People are catching some chinook, but the fish seem spread around the Tacoma area. Try the Gig Harbor side to the clay banks, Point Dalco and the slag pile. The area north of Des Moines also has been producing fish. Crab fishermen continue to haul in limits. Set your pots in water 120-180 feet deep for larger crabs.

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