Fishing report for June 27

Staff writerJune 27, 2014 

Rivers

Cedar: The river has been fishing well, producing some chunky rainbow trout — some that are measuring around 19 inches.

Columbia: Creel checks last week below Bonneville Dam showed 1,394 anglers had kept 185 adult and 11 jack summer chinook, 81 steelhead and 21 sockeye. The catch-and-release sturgeon action has been good in the lower river. Sampling of 269 shad anglers showed they kept 1,031 fish and released 17.

Cowlitz: Fishing has been a little slow. During creel checks, 16 boat anglers had kept four adult spring chinook, one jack spring chinook, and 14 summer-run steelhead. There were 72 bank anglers checked and they had eight adult springers, three jack springers and five summer-run steelhead.

Kalama: Anglers can again keep hatchery spring chinook, from the boundary markers at the mouth to 1,000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery. The season will be open through July 31. The state approved the change because the hatchery escapement goal is expected to be met.

Olympic Coast: If you want to try for sea-run cutthroat trout, start with a muddler minnow. The fishing has been fair to good.

Yakima: The evening hatches have produced some really good dry-fly fishing. Have some stonefly patterns, as well as caddis patterns for later in the evening. The fish seem to be holding 2-4 feet from the bank.

Lakes

Leech: Trout action continues to be very good. Try using a small soft hackle fly, damsel patterns or leeches.

Mayfield: The lake is producing some good catches of rainbow trout. Try trolling off the mouth of Winston Creek Bay with a Wedding Ring tipped with corn or a worm. Most of the fish are measuring 9-12 inches.

Mineral: People are catching limits of trout off the dock, using worms and a 6-foot leader. People still-fishing from boats are using a 3- to 4-foot leader with marshmallows and a worm. Those who are trolling prefer pop gear.

Potholes: The perch and crappie fishing has been very good to excellent. Try using crappie jigs in white and yellow to catch your limit. With water temperatures at 68-70 degrees, bass fishing is really good. Largemouth are hitting frog patterns early in the day or in the evening. Smallmouth are hitting Rapala Poppers. Walleye anglers are catching Crab Creek walleye up to 28 inches.

Riffe: Fishing for landlocked coho salmon has been good, especially in the evening. Try salad shrimp or worms on small hooks.

Salt water

Fly-fishing: The action for sea-run cutthroat has been good and continues to improve as some larger fish are moving into the area. Some more salmon also are being caught. Try using a chartreuse Clouser or a brown and purple Shock and Awe. Remember that sea-run cutthroat must be released.

Ilwaco: Fishing improved last week, with the average catch rising to 1.41 fish per person. The catch was 4 to 1 coho versus chinook.

South Sound: The action has picked up as the drastic tidal changes have eased. The Gig Harbor side has been productive, especially around Point Evans and Point Richmond. A 29-pound chinook was caught off Point Evans on Sunday. Try using a Point Wilson candlefish, whole herring or cut-plug herring.

Westport: The best action on the coast was off of Westport last week, where the average catch was 1.60 fish per person, according to state creel samples. The catch was about 2 to 1 coho versus chinook. The very good action continued this week, with limits being caught when weather conditions allow. Some of the chinook are topping 30 pounds.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Red’s Fly Shop, gamefishin.com, washingtonlakes.com, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Jim Kerr at Rain Coast Guides, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Puget Sound Fly Co., Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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