FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJanuary 29, 2014 

RIVERS

Columbia: Boat anglers are catching some late summer-run steelhead in The Dalles and John Day pools but most are wild and had to be released. Boat anglers are catching some legal-size sturgeon in The Dalles Pool.

Cowlitz: Steelhead fishing has been mixed, with some people reporting good success last weekend.

Green: People are catching some steelhead in the Flaming Geyser State Park area, but they’re having to put in some time to do so. The best approach has been using a jig under a float, drifting shrimp or casting with a hammered silver spoon.

North Sound: The steelhead season is winding down, with many streams closing at the end of the month. Even at the terminal hatchery locations, action has been slow.

Skookumchuck: The most positive reports have been coming from this river. There are lots of fresh steelhead, especially at the deadline. People are using eggs, pink jigs tipped with shrimp, or bead and yarn.

Wynoochee: Anglers are catching a few steelhead, but action has been slow overall. Perhaps the rain in this week’s forecast will improve things.

Yakima: Trout fishing has been fair to good, with the best action coming from nymphs or swinging streamers.

LAKES

American: Action has been slow, but some people are catching a few rainbow trout and kokanee. Look for fish holding about 35 feet deep. Dodgers followed by hoochies, in pink or green, seems to be effective.

Sammamish: Cutthroat trout action has been fair to good. Most people are using needlefish spoons or gang trolls trailed by a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm.

Washington: The lake has been producing catches of large cutthroat trout, including some reaching 8 pounds, but the action hasn’t been as consistent as Sammamish. Try using small-whole or plugged-cut herring, just like fishing for salmon, but with smaller gear. Look for fish holding 20-50 feet deep.

SALT WATER

Beaches: A razor clam dig continues through Super Bowl Sunday. Here are the times for the low tides and beach openings: Wednesday, 5:25 p.m., minus-1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach; Thursday, 6:11 p.m., minus-1.4 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks; Friday, 6:55 p.m., minus-1.4 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks; Saturday, 7:38 p.m., minus-1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis; Sunday, 8:20 p.m., minus-0.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Fly-fishing: Action for resident coho has been fair to good on South Sound and Hood Canal beaches, with many of the fish measuring 12-15 inches. Try using size-8 shrimp patterns or Clouser minnows.

North Sound: Fishing for salmon has slowed in the waters around Port Townsend and Edmonds, based on state creel reports from the weekend. On the east side of the Sound a week ago, anglers were averaging about a fish per person. Weekend counts showed the average dropped to about .34 salmon per person. The best reports were coming from the waters off Everett and the San Juan Islands. Cornet Bay is producing good catches of smelt.

South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 13 has been very slow in the past week, with a few fish being caught off Fox Island, Green Point and Point Gibson. Fishing in Marine Area 11 will reopen Saturday.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, gamefishin.com, The Evening Hatch, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, washingtonlakes.com, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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