FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comFebruary 1, 2014 

LAKES

Island: Trout fishing has been fair to good here and at other Mason County waters such as Spencer Lake. Still-fishing with PowerBait or worms, or trolling slowly with a Smile Blade Fly has been effective.

Offut: The action has been best when the weather cooperates, with people catching rainbow trout. Some of the fish are measuring 15-18 inches long. PowerBait and worms are the popular baits right now.

Potholes: Boaters are using blade baits and swim jigs to catch walleye at the face of the sand dunes and the mouth of Lind Coulee. Trout action at Medicare Beach is just beginning for bank fishers, and it will only improve as the surface water temperature warms up.

Sammamish: People are catching cutthroat trout, mainly on the west side of the lake. Most people are trolling with a chrome dodger followed by a small spoon.

Spanaway: Trout fishing has been spotty for dock anglers, but people are catching a few rainbow. Power Eggs, Power Nuggets and worms are working best. Some of the fish are measuring 14-18 inches long.

Washington: People are catching some cutthroat trout by trolling small hoochies behind a dodger about 10-30 feet down.

RIVERS

Lewis: Effective Feb. 17, anglers will have to release all spring chinook, and the North Fork from Johnson Creek upstream will close to all fishing. The state put the closures in place to make sure enough fish return to meet the hatchery escapement goal of approximately 1,350 fish.

Methow: Folks willing to make the trip have been catching steelhead each day. Using nymphs has produced the most hookups.

Olympic Coast: River levels have dropped since peaking Thursday, and people are catching a mix of wild and hatchery fish. With the water getting clearer, use smaller offerings such as eggs and worms, micro jigs and a single egg or beads.

Skookumchuck: The action seems to have slowed in the past few days, but people are still netting some steelhead. Using eggs or jigs has been the most effective means of fishing.

Wynoochee: The river has been low, near summertime-low levels, and the fishing has been tough. A few steelhead are being caught, but people are having to spend a lot of time trying to find the fish.

Yakima: Trout fishing has been decent, despite cold weather. The best action has been during the “heat” of midday. Start with streamers until around noon, and then drift nymphs through holding spots with slower moving water.

SALT WATER

Beaches: The latest razor clam dig wraps up this weekend. Here are the low tide times: 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: The action for resident coho has been slow, but fishing for sea-run cutthroat has been better than normal for this time of year. For trout, use smaller flies such as euphausiids and soft hackles.

North Sound: There has been some fair-to-good fishing for blackmouth around the San Juan Islands. People also are catching a few fish from Foul Weather Bluff to Apple Tree Point. Look for fish close to the bottom in water 120-150 feet deep.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, salmonuniversity.com, steelheaduniversity.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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