Fishing Report for May 3

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 3, 2014 


American: Kokanee fishing has been fair to good. The fish seem to be holding deeper. Look for them about 20-30 feet down in water 60-70 feet deep. They might move shallower with cloudy weather in the forecast.

Clear (Thurston): Trolling a Dick Nite spoon behind a dodger has been producing limits of rainbow trout.

Lawrence: Trout action has been fair. People have been having some luck catching rainbows using yellow PowerBait or Power Eggs.

Mineral: Action for trout has been good for fishes weighing 1-11/2 pound. Brown trout are being caught off the dock on yellow or pink Power Eggs, while yellow Gulp corn has been working for the rainbows.

Rapjohn: People still-fishing have been catching some larger trout compared with those trolling, according to online reports. Try using a worm and a Gulp maggot under a bobber near the south end.

Riffe: Fishermen are having plenty of success catching silver salmon by trolling toward the dam. Try using a green and red Wedding Ring tipped with some corn. The fish appear to be holding about 15-25 feet deep.

Silver: Fishing has been good to very good for catfish and trout. Largemouth bass are moving into the shallows to spawn. Trolling with green Wedding Rings has been effective for trout.

Tapps: The smallmouth bass action has been fair. Anglers are finding the fish holding on shallow points, in water about 8 feet deep.


Beaches: A razor clam dig will come to an end this weekend. Here are the openings and low tide times: Saturday, May 3, 10:04 a.m., minus-0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; and Sunday, 10:47 a.m., plus-0.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks. No digging is allowed after noon each day.

Shrimp: South Sound anglers can begin fishing for spot shrimp. Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) opens Saturday, Wednesday and May 10, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) opens Saturday, Wednesday, May 10 and May 21, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Marine Area 13 (Olympia) is now open daily until May 31. Go to for details. The northern portion of Area 11 is a good place to start, including Beal and Three Tree points. Try setting your pots in depths close to 200 feet.

South Sound: Ling cod fishing was slowed by the tides, but a few fish weighing 5-10 pounds were hooked. The best opportunity will be in the Tacoma Narrows. The Point Defiance Ling Cod Derby is Saturday. Salmon anglers can still fish in Marine Area 13. Try places such as Fox Island, Sand Spit, Green Point and Wollochet Bay. Salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 is closed.

Westport: Unfavorable ocean conditions have made fishing more difficult. People are catching some ling cod and rockfish, but not too many limits.


Cowlitz: Some spring chinook are being caught downstream from the barrier dam. Most boat anglers are back-trolling with eggs or herring behind a jet diver. People fishing from the bank are using eggs under a float at the dam.

Yakima: Fishing might be a bit slower this weekend as the river levels are rising again. With flows jumping back up close to 4,000 cubic feet per second, look for fish holding in the slow seams or tight to the bank.

Contributors:,, Westport Charter Boat Association, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse,, Tom Pollack at Sportco,, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, Bill Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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