Fishing Report for May 7

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 7, 2014 

LAKES

American: Kokanee fishing has been good in the past week. Try trolling Shasta Tackle UV swing blades with pink artificial squids tipped with corn, and Kokanut flies on downriggers at 20-25 feet.

Chelan: Lake trout fishing has been best in the early morning while trolling above the yacht club. For anglers who prefer fishing the evening bite, try along the face of Manson Bay. Rainbow trout fishing from the shoreline has improved in the past week. Keep trolling speed at 1-1.3 mph and get gear as close to the bottom as possible.

Drano: Boat anglers averaged an adult chinook kept per 4.4 rods last week. Bank anglers were also doing well at times.

Kapowsin: The lake is producing some large rainbow trout, including a couple topping 5 pounds. Worms with marshmallows fished on a 5-foot leader has been an effective setup.

Pattison: Trout fishing has been good to very good. Some people are trolling with Smiley Blade flies in green or chartreuse. Worms and chartreuse PowerBait also was effective.

Tanwax: Fishing is still very good, with most anglers catching their limits. A number of large rainbows were caught over the weekend, including one weighing 5 pounds and another 6 pounds. Rainbow RV Resort will host a juvenile fishing derby Saturday from 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tapps: Muskie anglers are moving some fish, despite the poor weather, finding them on shallow points and flats. Crankbaits and soft plastics have resulted in some hookups.

RIVERS

Columbia: In The Dalles Pool last week, boat anglers averaged an adult chinook kept/released for every two rods, and bank anglers averaged one every three rods. Sturgeon fishermen in the John Day Pool are catching some legal-size fish.

Cowlitz: People are not catching more spring chinook than steelhead now. Overall, the action has been fair.

Kalama: Anglers are catching about the same number of spring chinook, which have to be released, as they are steelhead.

Lewis: Few people are on the water, and few fish are being caught. As of Sunday, 150 adult chinook — including three wild-origin fish — have returned. The return forecast is 1,100 fish, while the hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.

SOL DUC: The lower river is open from the mouth to the salmon hatchery near Sappho. Fishing for hatchery spring chinook has been good.

Yakima: The lower river, below Prosser, opened for spring chinook fishing Saturday. State staff members interviewed 37 anglers, 10 fishing for salmon and 27 fishing for channel catfish and bass. No salmon were harvested. Trout fishing in the lower canyon has been poor, but the action above the Teanaway River should be good this week.

SALT WATER

Shrimp: The short spot shrimp fishing season in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) wraps up this week. It is open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. In Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal), shrimping is open Wednesday, Saturday and May 21, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Marine Area 13 (Olympia) is open daily until May 31.

South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 13 (Olympia) has been fair. Some fish are being caught around Fox and McNeil islands. Ling cod fishing has been fair, with lots of small fish being caught. Of 23 anglers checked over the weekend at Point Defiance, there were five ling cod brought in.

Contributors: John Keizer of saltpatrol.com, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, Dave Potter at Rainbow RV Resort, Red’s Fly Shop, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, washingtonlakes.com. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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