The state and tribal co-managers reached an agreement this week that will allow recreational fishing to reopen in Puget Sound and the waters that feed into it. It will be several weeks before the National Marine Fisheries Service can approve the agreement and allow the fisheries to open. Among the highlights of the agreement, the Puyallup River will be closed to fishing all season and the Nisqually River will be closed in September and October. All of Puget Sound, except Hood Canal, will be closed to coho fishing.
Black: The trout action has been very good, with everyone taking home fish. Night crawlers have been working best on this lake.
Clear (Pierce): The trout fishing has been very good, while the kokanee seem to be hiding. Spinner-style lures tipped with scented corn, and trolled behind a dodger, have been effective.
Lone: Fly anglers on this Whidbey Island lake are catching plenty of trout. Recommended patterns include black or olive chironomids, San Juan worms and olive woolly buggers.
Mineral: Boat and dock anglers are catching some limits of trout measuring 12-18 inches. White Power Eggs with a worm fished off the bottom have been working for trout. People are using leaders 2 1/2 feet to 5 feet long.
Potholes: Anglers are catching limits of walleye by the Big Dune on the west side of the sand dunes, while the action has been fair at Crab Creek and the Lind Coulee arm. The bass fishing has been very good to excellent. Anglers are hooking largemouth bass with flipping jigs, or casting with Senko worms, creature baits, spinner baits and grubs.
Silver: The trout fishing has been very good to excellent, with people catching limits of trout within a couple of hours. Power Bait fished a couple of feet off the bottom, or worms fished under a bobber, have been working best. Trolling has worked with Wedding Rings or Dick Nite spoons.
Tanwax: The action has been good for trout. Boat anglers seem to be doing a little better, trolling with a worm-tipped Wedding Ring. Dock anglers are having success using yellow Power Eggs and worms.
Columbia: Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon have extended the spring chinook fishery below Bonneville Dam. Anglers can fish through Monday, and then June 3-15 or until the harvest guideline is met.
Yakima: If the winds aren’t too bad, the river is in good shape for trout fishing. The water is clear and flows have dropped to around 2,600 cubic feet per second, which provides good wading opportunities. Among the effective flies are yellow sparkle dun PMDs, gold Lightning Bugs and olive-white streamers.
Fly fishing: Baitfish patterns, crystal flash woolly buggers and sculpins have been effective for sea-run cutthroat trout. Remember that sea-run cutthroat trout must be released.
North Sound: Prawns have been the most effective bait for anglers fishing for ling cod and rockfish in the San Juan Islands.
South Sound: People will be able to set their pots for spot shrimp on Tuesday, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., in Marine Area 13 (Olympia), and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday in Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal). The Tacoma Narrows remains the best spot for hooking ling cod, but the pressure has been very light.
Westport: Fishing for ling cod and rockfish has improved during the week. Ocean conditions are expected to be good over the weekend.
Contributors: Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Westport Charterboat Association, Rob Harbin of MarDon Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, northwestfishingreports.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort, Bill Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort, Salmon Shores Resort.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640