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Tag: Lake Chelan

May
7th

Fishing report: Reports are mixed

Salt water

Fly fishing: The searun cutthroat trout action remains very good. Use any type of baitfish patterns, although many anglers are still opting for flies that mimic chum fry.

South Sound: Salmon fishing south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge remains open. Good places to try include Point Gibson, Green Point and the mouth of Wollochet Bay. The lingcod fishing has been a bit slow overall.

Westport: The halibut fishing got off to a good start, with charter boats bringing in limits during Sunday’s opener, as well as some limits of lingcod.

Lakes

Clear (Pierce): People are catching some limits

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April
9th

Fishing report: Weekend rain slowed the action

If you were like me last weekend, stuck dodging the rain while running from indoor soccer games to lacrosse games, the idea of going fishing certainly would have seemed appealing. Well, it wasn’t. That’s the consensus of just about everyone regarding last weekend’s action.

Still, some people were catching fish. Here are the highlights from the fishing report that will run in Wednesday’s Sports section.

Rivers

Columbia: The salmon fishing improved some last week. In sampling done below Bonneville Dam, 3,225 anglers had 479 adult and three jack spring chinook and four steelhead. Sturgeon anglers are catching some legal-size fish

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April
3rd

Fishing report: Local salmon fishing improves

Here are the highlights from today’s fishing report, prepared by my co-worker Bruce Drysdale.

SALTWATER

South Sound: Anglers aren’t heading out from Point Defiance boathouse in great numbers, but those who have are seeing better luck and bigger fish recently, including a 10-pound, 14-ounce chinook over the weekend and many in the 6-to-8-pound range. Try your luck over by Vashon Island on the low tide and closer to the park on high tide.

LAKES

Spanaway: Fishing is good for hefty trout. Trollers are having good luck going slow with Rapalas around 15 feet. Bank anglers are using rainbow PowerBait or

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March
26th

Fishing report: Weekend outlook filled with sun, warm temps

Good weather in the weekend forecast should bring plenty of people out to local lakes, coastal beaches for a razor clam dig and to rivers looking to hook a steelhead. The National Weather Service is predicting mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid-60s Saturday and Sunday. Could it be that spring fishing is finally here?

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

Rivers

Cowlitz: The fishing is picking up, but slowly. People are catching a handful of steelhead and a few spring chinook. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered

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March
19th

Fishing report: Reports are mixed, in part because of the weather

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

Rivers

Columbia: The state last week we sampled 2,348 anglers who had 82 adult and one jack spring chinook and five steelhead. Fishing success improved in the Cathlamet area as the week progressed. Remember, the the mainstem below Bonneville Dam will be closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead and shad Tuesday and April 2. Sturgeon fishing is slow, but some legal-size fish are being caught in the The Dalles and John Day pools. Just an FYI, there have been lots of smelt

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March
5th

Fishing report: Conditions improve on Olympic Coast rivers

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

Rivers

Columbia: During the first three days of March they state checked 760 anglers who had caught 17 spring chinook and eight steelhead. All but one of the chinook were caught by boat anglers from Kalama to Vancouver. The steelhead were caught from Vancouver downstream. During Saturday’s effort flight count, there were 280 boats and 355 bank anglers. Sturgeon has been on the slow side below and above Bonneville Dam.

Olympic Coast: After being blown out over the weekend, rivers are dropping and the steelhead

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Feb.
26th

Fishing report: River fishing shows signs of improving

Lakes

Chelan: Anglers are catching a pretty decent number of lake trout one day and struggle the next. The area above the Yacht Club and in the flat below Wapato Point have been the best locations. Trolling at 1.2-1.7mph down within 5 feet of the bottom triggered the bite.

Rufus Woods: People who are still fishing are eking out a few fish, but the action can be very tough. Try using a dough bait like Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American wildfire.

Washington: The south end of Mercer Island is producing some cutthroat trout. People are trolling with herring behind a

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Jan.
23rd

Fishing report: River anglers await forecasted rain

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that ran in today’s Sports section.

Saltwater

Fly fishing: Anglers are catching resident coho are not only in the Tacoma Narrows, but in Colvos and Hales passages, and even in Case Inlet. Look for jumping or fish breaking the surface. Baitfish and krill patterns have been best, including West’s Imitator, euphasiids and pink/white Clousers.

South Sound: The salmon fishing south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge has been slow, in large part because of the less-than-ideal weather. Squid action has slowed down.

Lakes

American: The trout fishing was a bit slow over the

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