Fishing report for July 4

Staff writerJuly 4, 2014 

Salt water

Ilwaco: The salmon fishing remains very good, with the average catch last week at 1.41 fish per person. More than 90 percent of the fish caught were coho.

North Coast: The action has been better off La Push, where the average was .98 salmon per person, while Neah Bay has been slow. The average there was down to .35 fish a person.

South Sound: The action has been fair this week. People are catching some fish from Gig Harbor down to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Try fishing during the slack tide using a Point Wilson Dart used as a free sliding system. Crabbing in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) opened Friday. At this time, move your pots around until you find crab, instead of soaking them all day in one location. Also try fishing deeper, starting around 150 feet deep. Early reports indicate there are limits to be caught.

Westport: The action remains excellent, with the average catch at 1.61 salmon per person. While the majority of fish being caught are coho, some large chinook are being caught. Some fish are pushing the 35-pound mark.

Rivers

Columbia: Catch estimates from June 16-Monday include 1,720 adult chinook kept and 2,056 released during 26,100 angler trips. The Technical Advisory Committee earlier this week updated the sockeye salmon run, The sockeye return is now expected to be 425,000 fish, up from the initial forecast of 347,100 sockeye. The record return came in 2012 and was 521,000 fish. Shad counts remain are consistently less than 10,000 a day.

Cowlitz: The river is showing improved summer-run steelhead action, based on state creel sampling.

Yakima: With hot and humid weather in the area, the best action has been in the evening starting about 6 p.m. Anglers are using a combination of a X-caddis with some sort of cripple pattern as the dropper fly. Make sure your cast gets the flies tight to the bank.

Lakes

American: Anglers are catching yellow perch fairly close to shore, but the bigger fish are holding in water 18-25 feet deep. Some people are just fishing with worms, while others are putting a worm on a white jig.

Clear (Pierce): The kokanee fishing has been good, with people catching limits fairly quickly. The fish seem to be holding about 25-30 feet deep.

Crescent (Clallam): People have been catching rainbow trout and kokanee. Fishign the shallows at the east end of the lake has been the most productive.

Leech: The lake continues to be very productive for brook and rainbow trout. Emerger patterns seem to be the most effective, but chironomids also are productive.

Merwin: The kokanee fishing has been down by the dam. The action has been good running your gear about 25-40 feet deep. Many people are using pink mini-hoochies.

Potholes: Anglers are catching limits of crappie, and the yellow perch action has been very good. Warming water temperatures have improved the largemouth bass fishing. The Crab Creek area has been very good for walleye.

Tanwax: The bass fishing has been fair to good. Anglers are reporting have more success using surface lures as of late.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ryan Bailey at Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com, Tom Pollack at Sportco, salmonuniversity.com, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, washingtonflyfishing.com. thenewstribune.com/outdoors theolympian.com/outdoors

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