Fishing

Chum fishing improves at Kennedy Creek, Hoodsport and Satsop River

The chum salmon action is providing plenty of smiles for anglers fishing the waters off the Hoodsport fish hatchery.
The chum salmon action is providing plenty of smiles for anglers fishing the waters off the Hoodsport fish hatchery. Staff file, 2008

LAKES

American: The lake is producing decent catches of kokanee and rainbow trout. Trolling an artificial squid behind a dodger has been effective.

Potholes: Upper Crab Creek and the Lind Coulee arm have been the best spots for walleye, while the sand dunes have been the spot for largemouth bass. Plastic baits fished slowly, flipping jigs and drop-shot setups have been working best for bass.

Roosevelt: The lake was producing some limits of rainbow trout last weekend. One angler reported trolling Kekeda flies, tipped with a piece of a night crawler, behind a dodger or Mack’s Hot Wings.

Spencer: Trout fishing has been very good. Many anglers are using a worm and a red bead just above the worm, and slowly drifting it along the bottom. Or they are using olive green or black woolly buggers.

RIVERS

Green: Chum fishing has been off and on. Some anglers are having success fishing with a pink-headed jig with a purple skirt under a bobber. They are tipping the jig with cured shrimp.

Kennedy: The catch rate for chum has really improved. Twitching chartreuse jigs, fishing an anchovie under a bobber or casting chartreuse or cerise Vibrax spinners have been producing strikes.

Olympic Coast: Salmon fishing has been fairly good, but many of the fish are dark. The Sol Duc has been fishing well and might be the best bet. The Bogachiel is still a little high and dirty. Some early steelhead are showing up as well. The Hoh River will reopen for salmon and hatchery steelhead Monday.

Satsop: People are catching lots of chum and an occasional coho. Vibrax spinners or twitching jigs have been working best. The Chehalis and Humptulips are fishing well.

Yakima: Beadhead mayfly nymphs and zebra midges in olive or red have been effective for trout. The river flow jumped a bit early this week, so the action might be a little slower as fish find new holding spots.

SALTWATER

Clams: A razor clam dig continues at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. The low tide time is 10:22 p.m. Saturday. No digging is allowed before noon. Remember, the limit is 15 clams, and you must keep the first 15 clams you dig up.

Fly fishing: Anglers are hooking some sea-run cutthroat trout, which must be released. Try using a Sea-run Bugger with an orange body and a brown marabou tail. An occasional blackmouth and coho are being hooked.

Hood Canal: Chum fishing at the Hoodsport hatchery has been very good this week.

North Sound: Crabbing has been good to very good around the San Juan Islands. Salmon fishing has been fair to good off Point No Point and Double Bluff. Trolling a 4-inch or larger lure behind a dodger has been producing strikes, and avoiding hookups with fish too small to keep.

South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 13 is slow overall. Squid fishing has been good, especially on the high tide and from late afternoon into the evening. Larger squid seem to appear as the high tide approaches.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonflyfishing.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, salmonuniversity.com, northwestfishingreports.com, Dave Steinbaught at Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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