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Category: Fishing

June
18th

Fishing reports: Lots of good action these days

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

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June
14th

Fishing reports: Plenty of good fishing news

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

Lakes

Black: The afternoon fishing has been pretty good for all species but trout. The crappie and yellow perch action has really improved.

Harts: The crappie fishing has picked up in recent days, while the trout action has been in ther slow side. Mini-jigs in green-white or yellow-white fished under a bobber have been effective for crappie.

Potholes: Perch fishing continues to be excellent. The walleye action continued to improve this week, but still is a bit inconsistent. Some days people are bringing in limits,

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June
7th

Fishing report: Good prospects for the weekend

Rivers

Cowlitz: The river has been slow to fair for summer-run steelhead in the Blue Creek area. Free drifting eggs from a boat has been most effective, but try back trolling baits or plugs when eggs are not working. The spring chinook action has been best at the barrier dam. Try using eggs and sand shrimp.

Green: People are catching a few steelhead and the water is in good shape. Floats and jigs or spinners are the most popular gear. Try No. 3 size spinners with a black blade and gold body or a gold blade and black body.

Skykomish:

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June
6th

Anglers can keep hatchery spring chinook on Lewis River starting Friday

The state has announced that anglers can again keep hatchery spring chinook on the Lewis River including the North Fork, beginning Friday.

The opening, which will run through July 31, inclides the mainstem Lewis from the mouth to the mouth of the East Fork and the North Fork Lewis from the mouth of the East Fork to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is allowing anglers to keep hatchery springers because the hatchery’s brood stock goal has been met.

The salmon daily limit will be 6 hatchery chinook of which no more

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June
4th

Spot shrimp fishing in Tacoma waters reopens Wednesday

Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one day Wednesday in Marine Area 8-1 and Marine Area 11.

Area 11, the waters from the northern tip of Vashon Island to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, will be open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Marine Area 8-1, mainly the waters on the east side of Whidbey Island, will open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The state is reopening the Tacoma waters because sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing.

In Marine Area 8, an insufficient quota remains for a standard full day of fishing, so the opening

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May
24th

I-5 bridge collapse: Are you changing your weekend plans?

We’re looking to talk to people who are changing their Memorial Day weekend plans as a result of Thursday’s collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge in Mount Vernon.

If you have altered your plans, or know of someone who is, contact Jeff Mayor at 253-597-8640 or send an email to jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com.

May
22nd

Columbia spring chinook, steelhead fishery reopens Saturday

Fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead will reopen Saturday on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached earlier today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

The fishery, scheduled to run through June 15, will be on the river from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line near the mouth of the river to the deadline below Bonneville Dam. For boat anglers, the upriver boundary is Beacon Rock.

Anglers may retain one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily limit.

Barbless hooks are required. All chinook salmon and steelhead not marked with a clipped adipose fin

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May
21st

Fishing report: Marine Area 11 shrimping reopens Wednesday

Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen Wednesday in Marine Area 11 and most of Marine Area 10 for just one day. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the areas could reopen because sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains in the waters off Tacoma and central Puget Sound for one more day of fishing.

The exception in Marine Area 10 is Elliott Bay, defined as all waters east of a line from West Point to Alki Point. The Elliott Bay portion of Marine Area 10 has a separate spot shrimp quota, and the quota has been reached in that

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