Fishing report for July 15, 2014: Good prospects out there despite the heat

Staff writerJuly 15, 2014 

Rivers

Cedar: Anglers are hooking some trout using beadhead Woolly Buggers in black or olive. Be sure to fish early, before the swimmers hit the water later on these warm mornings. If there is a hatch in the evening, try an elk hair caddis dry fly with an emerger dropper.

Columbia: Overall, the action is slow. People are catching some steelhead at the mouth of the tributaries that flow into the Bonneville Pool. The pool also is the best place to catch sturgeon right now.

Cowlitz: Steelhead fishing has improved. State creel samples of 78 boat anglers showed a catch of 53 summer-runs kept and one released, while 35 bank anglers kept 12 adult spring chinook and one steelhead and released one springer. The salmon were caught below the barrier dam, while the steelhead action has been best at the trout hatchery.

Yakima: River flows are holding steady around 4,700 cubic feet per second. That has the trout holding tight to the bank; try casting large dry flies with a size 12 black Copper John as a dropper. When using nymphs, use a fly that is one size larger than you normally would, because of the high flows.

Lakes

Alder: People are finding kokanee 40 feet down. Anglers are trolling with pink mini-hoochies or Wedding Rings tipped with a maggot. Bass and crappies also are being caught.

American: If you can find the schools, there’s a good chance of landing some large yellow perch. Some of the fish are topping 12 inches long. Look for fish holding about 25-30 feet down. Some people are using jigs, and others are using worms or perch meat.

Clear (Pierce): The kokanee action has been good to very good, with some limits being caught. If you want to still-fish, look for fish in water about 50 feet deep. Others are trolling with small dodgers and pink mini-squids.

Spencer: Trout fishing remains fairly good, despite the warm weather. Try using Wedding Rings, PowerBait or worms. The bass fishing has been very good, including someone landing a 3-pounder.

Tanwax: Largemouth bass are holding in the shade of docks. Try casting Senko plastic worms, in green pumpkin, under the docks.

Tapps: People fishing for smallmouth bass are finding them holding on the points of the lake in water 15-20 feet deep. Most people are using Carolina or drop shot rigs with plastic baits.

Salt water

Peninsula area: Anglers are catching a mix of chinook and coho off Sekiu and a good number of chinook in the Port Angeles area.

South Sound: Salmon anglers are having some success, but there just are not a lot of fish being caught. Trolling the clay banks to the flats has produced some salmon weighing up to 20 pounds. Seals and dogfish are an issue. Point Evans and Point Dalco are places to try as well. The action in the deep South Sound has been slow. Crabbers are having better luck setting their pots deeper than normal. Start around the 180-foot depth level.

Westport: Salmon fishing remains excellent, with charter and private boats catching their limits of chinook and coho by mid to late morning. Fishing close to the beach 5-6 miles north of the harbor mouth — near the Quinault Casino, in water 60-100 feet deep — has produced the best results. The chinook bite has been best early in the day.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, John Keizer of saltpatrol.com, Westport Charter Boat Association, The Evening Hatch, Len Throop at Eatonville Outdoors, washingtonlakes.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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