Fishing Report for April 9

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comApril 9, 2014 

RIVERS

Columbia: From April 2 to Monday, the state checked 2,557 lower-river anglers, who had caught 316 adult and two jack spring chinook and nine steelhead. The number of people in the river is increasing with more than 1,300 boats and 1,146 bank anglers counted Sunday.

Cowlitz: The action is improving a bit. State creel checks showed 33 boat anglers kept 16 steelhead, while 59 bank anglers kept one adult chinook and 13 steelhead, and released two steelhead.

Lewis: Steelhead fishing has been poor. The river remains closed for chinook. The East Fork Lewis, from the mouth to the top boat ramp at Lewisville Park, opens to hatchery steelhead fishing April 16.

Olympic Coast: The Calawah and Sol Duc have been the best choices for catching wild steelhead. State checks last weekend showed both rivers producing more than one first per person. River flows and visibility should be good the rest of the week.

Yakima: Fishing has been good to very good, even with river flows on the rise. The fish don’t seem to be concentrating on any particular bug, but a split-wing Adams parachute dry fly has been very effective when mayflies have been hatching.

SALT WATER

Fly-fishing: Beach action has been fair. There are a lot of chum fry in the water, so go with baitfish patterns. An olive and white Clouser minnow is a good pattern to start with.

North Sound: The eastern end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca continues to produce the best catches of blackmouth right now. Weekend creel sampling done at the Ediz Hook boat ramp showed 118 anglers brought in 75 chinook. The fishing off Port Townsend has been fair to good.

South Sound: Salmon fishing is very slow. Of nine anglers checked by the state late last week at Tacoma locations, just one had a chinook. In the Olympia area, seven people were checked and only one had a chinook. It is the same story on Hood Canal.

Westport: Improved ocean conditions meant better results Sunday. People were catching more ling cod, including one that weighed 37 pounds, 13 ounces.

LAKES

American: Kokanee are being caught, with a few anglers limiting out. A red Wedding Ring has worked for some people. When you find a school, troll in a figure 8 pattern to work the fish more effectively.

Lenice: Folks making the drive to this Grant County lake northeast of Yakima are being rewarded with good catches of rainbow trout. People are having luck with micro leeches, chironomids and callibaetis nymphs.

Potholes: Walleye fishing has been very good to excellent. People are catching fish at the mouth of Lind Coulee, along the face of the dunes and at Crab Creek. Trolling with a Smile Blade worm harness has been effective.

Rattlesnake: Trout fishing is still slow, with the fish holding in water 15-30 feet deep. Using a nymph or leech on a sinking line has been working for some people.

Spencer: The lake is producing limits of rainbow trout. Some anglers are reporting success using green Power Eggs or PowerBait fished off the bottom. Some of the fish are measuring around 15 inches long.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Westport Charter Boat Association, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Point Defiance Boathouse, Verle’s Sports Center. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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