Fishing report for June 21

Staff writerJune 20, 2014 

Rivers

Columbia:Last week on the lower river, anglers made 11,200 trips and caught 1,685 adult chinook, 1,188 summer steelhead and 151 sockeye. From March 1-Saturday, there have been an estimated 137,652 angler trips with 14,972 spring chinook kept and 6,783 released.

Lewis: The state announced Friday the Eagle Island boat launch and parking lot on the North Fork will be closed to the public Monday-Friday while the ramp serves as a staging area for a habitat-restoration project on that stretch of the river.

Skykomish:The river is producing some good catches of summer-run steelhead and some chinook too. Many people are using eggs, jigs or shrimp under a float, or casting spoons or spinners.

Yakima: The trout fishing has been good, aided in part by falling river levels. The dry fly action ha sbeen best on cloudy days, with hatches of pale morning duns, baetis and caddis.

Salt water

Ilwaco: Last weekend, salmon anglers averaged 1.03 fish per person, with the vast majority of the catch was coho.

South Sound: The salmon fishing in the Tacoma area has been fair, with some fish being caught off Owen Beach and the clay banks, as well as the Gig Harbor shoreline. Points Dalco and Evans also have produced some fish. In the Olympia area, some fish are being caught by people trolling off Devil’s Head and the Tolmie area.

Westport: Anglers had good success last weekend, averaging 1.42 salmon per person. The ratio of coho to chinook caught was about 2 to 1. The action has continued through the week, with good ocean conditions leading to lots of charter boats returning early with limits. In the last few days, boats have been heading straight out from the harbor, looking for fish about 120 feet deep in water 200 feet deep.

Lakes

American: The kokanee fishing has been good in recent days. Look for fish about 30-40 feet deep. People are trolling with dodgers and hoochies, in some combination of green, orange and pink, with corn on the hoochie.

Banks: The walleye action has been consistently good for the last week or so. Look for the majority of the fish in depths of 20-25 feet, while some are being found as shallow as 10 feet. Trolling has been the most effective method, with people using Macks Double Whammy Walleye Series lures.

Offut: The trout action has been good this week, and a few bass are being caught as well. Trout anglers are still fishing with worms and Power Bait off the bottom, while other people are trolling with Dick Nite spoons and needlefish lures.

Potholes: The sand dunes have been a hot spot in recent days, with anglers hooking walleye among the defined channels, and largemouth bass in the channels and backwater areas. Trolling worm harnesses with a nightcrawler has worked best for walleye. Plastic grubs, worms and lizards are effective for bass.

Silver: The fishing has been a bit slower in the last few days. The bass have moved off their spawning beds are spread throughout the lake. People are also catching some trout off the dock. Trout anglers are using Power Bait and worms fished under bobbers.

Spanaway: Lots of limits of trout are being caught, with some fish weighing up to 2 1/2 pounds. Boat anglers are still fishing with Power Bait at the south end, or trolling the center of the lake a Wedding Ring tipped with worm. Dock anglers are using Power Bait

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Westport Charter Boat Association, washingtonlakes.com, Yakima River Angler, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Mike Zittel at Zittel‘s Marina, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Bill Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, salmonuniversity.com. jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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