Fishing Report for March 5

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMarch 5, 2014 

RIVERS

Columbia: The state has yet to sample the first spring chinook of the season in the lower river. In The Dalles Pool, bank anglers are catching steelhead though most of the fish were wild and had to be released. In the Bonneville and John Day pools, bank and boat anglers are catching some legal-size sturgeon.

Cowlitz: Steelhead fishing remains slow. During a state creel check, 18 boat anglers had kept just one steelhead, while 58 bank anglers kept three steelhead and released one. Finally, people were catching smelt. Ten-pound limits were the general rule Saturday, which was the last scheduled fishery. Some limits were caught in as little as a single dip.

Olympic Coast: The steelhead action was fair to good last weekend, based on creel samples. Some of the fish are topping 20 pounds. The Sol Duc and Calawah were producing almost one fish per person. But the rain has brought river levels up to the point where they are nearly unfishable.

Skookumchuck: Steelhead action has been poor early this week, slowed by bad water conditions and a lack of fish.

Tilton: During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 12 steelhead and one coho salmon into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Wynoochee: A few steelhead are being caught, but the action overall has been slow.

Yakima: This might be a good week to fish the river because flows are expected to rise next week. The trout have been hitting skwala nymphs below a dry fly, while a few are being caught on dry skwala patterns.

LAKES

American: The action for rainbow trout has been fair to good. Some anglers are trolling a pink Wedding Ring tipped with a piece of worm near the islands. Others are hooking some kokanee using a pink splatter dodger and pink mini-shrimp baited with corn and pink maggot, fished about 35 feet down.

Lenice: Fishing was on the slow side since the opener, but people are catching a few rainbow trout, as well as some large brown trout. Try casting a bead head hare’s ear nymph on an intermediate sink line into water about 5 feet deep.

Mayfield: The lake is at full pool already, and visibility in the water is good. Still, it’s a bit early for the tiger muskies to start hitting any fast retrieve, so go slow.

Roosevelt: People fishing around the Fort Spokane launch are having success catching some chunky rainbow trout. One angler reported having luck trolling a olive bunny fly, and stopping the motor occasionally to let the fly sink. That is when the trout would hit.

SALT WATER

Beaches: The fly-fishing action for sea-run cutthroat trout has been better than expected for this time of year, but the action for resident coho has been slow. Try using small Clouser minnows, euphausiids and brightly colored Woolly Buggers.

Hood Canal/North Sound: The best blackmouth action has been in the Port Angeles area and off Pleasant Harbor Marina in the canal.

South Sound: The weather and a lack of anglers has meant little success. Just 14 anglers were checked at four area ramps over the weekend, and no one brought in a fish. Try along the slag pile near the old smelter site, off the Les Davis Pier and inside and outside of Quartermaster Harbor. Fish your gear about 10 feet off the bottom in water 120-160 feet deep.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, The Evening Hatch, gamefishin.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, washingtonlakes.com, Dan Knickerbocker at Puget Sound Fly Co. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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