jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comMay 31, 2014 


Columbia: Spring-chinook action below Bonneville Dam last week was fair to good. Anglers made 8,881 trips and caught 1,181 adult chinook (604 kept and 577 released) and 339 summer-run steelhead (325 kept and 14 released). Sturgeon fishing has been slow overall, with a few legal fish being caught in the John Day Pool.

Cowlitz: Anglers are catching adult and jack spring chinook between the hatcheries.

Lewis: Fishing has been very slow. As of Sunday, the spring-chinook return was 591 adults, including 12 wild fish. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.

Klickitat: Bank anglers in the lower river are catching an equal mix of adult and jack spring chinook. Through Tuesday, 144 fish had been counted. The escapement goal is 400-500 fish.

Yakima: The trout action has slowed but is still OK. Look for caddis and pale morning dun hatches in the afternoon. Otherwise, drift nymphs through the slow seams with the river level so high right now.

Salmon fishing in the lower river has been slowed by high and turbid water.


Clear (Pierce): Bass anglers are finding some smallmouth bass in deeper water because they seem to be in post-spawn mode. Use a drop-shot rig and look for fish holding 15-20 feet down. People also are catching rainbow trout while trolling with Wedding Rings.

Leech: Fly-anglers making the trip to this White Pass lake are catching a mix of rainbow and brook trout. Some of the rainbows are holdover fish that are measuring up to 20 inches.

McIntosh: People are catching rainbow trout pretty consistently, using spoons, spinners, Power Bait or worms.

Mineral: Trout fishing has been fair to good. Most people are still-fishing, using yellow, green, white or orange Power Eggs with a worm, then scented with a bit of shrimp oil. Start with the bait on a 2- to 3-foot leader.

Potholes: Warm water temperatures have the largemouth bass active. They are hitting surface lures or plastic worms and tube baits. Walleye fishing is very good. Use a spinner with a night crawler-tipped hook in Lind Coulee and the Crab Creek area.

Tapps: People fishing along the docks are catching some nice smallmouth bass, including some fish weighing 3 pounds. Using dark green plastic worms on a drop-shot rig has been effective.


Beaches: There are just two more days to dig for razor clams before the 2014-15 season opens in the fall. The open beaches and low tide times are: Saturday (May 31), 9 a.m., minus-1 foot, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Sunday, 9:37 a.m., minus-0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Coast: Prospects for the start of the hatchery salmon season Saturday (May 31) are good, based on commercial troll-fishing reports. Remember, baitfish are a little smaller this time of year, so use lures that are 3.5 to 4 inches long.

Crabbing: Marine Area 13 (Olympia) opens Sunday, the first area in Puget Sound to open. It will be open every day through Sept. 1. Crabbing in Tacoma (Marine Area 11) and Hood Canal (Area 12) doesn’t open until July 3.

SHRIMP: Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 will reopen Sunday for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Marine Area 7 East will be open as well, with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 opens Sunday. Concentrate on the Gig Harbor side because there have been good catches there early in previous seasons. Trolling close to the bottom or jigging has been effective.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort,, Tom Pollack at Sportco, The Evening Hatch,,, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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