Fishing

Fishing report for Feb. 6

RIVERS

COLUMBIA: The state has reopened until further notice fishing for hatchery steelhead on portions of the upper Columbia, as well as portions of the Wenatchee, Entiat, Icicle, Methow, Okanogan and Similkameen rivers. Go to wdfw.wa.gov for details on which stretches are open. The first spring salmon was counted at Bonneville Dam on Thursday, but it was a 20-inch sockeye.

OLYMPIC COAST: The rivers are not safe to fish at this moment. The Hoh, for example, was flowing at 27,900 cubic feet per second Friday morning.

WYNOOCHEE: The river has been producing some good catches of steelhead and attracting lots of anglers. But river flows jumped from about 1,000 cfs Thursday morning to almost 8,000 cfs about 24 hours later.

YAKIMA: Flows remain a bit on the high side for this time of year. Look for fish holding closer to the bank, in water moving at a slow walking pace.

SALT WATER

FLY-FISHING: The beach action has been fair, but few anglers have been willing to battle the winds. If you can find a calm day, hit a rocky beach during a tide change and cast shrimp-like patterns or small baitfish patterns.

NORTH SOUND: The San Juan Islands continues to be the place to hook winter blackmouth. The Roche Harbor Salmon Derby got off to a good start Friday when Eric Reynolds of Snohomish weighed in a 21.13-pound fish. Other places producing at least some salmon are Point No Point and Mid-Channel Bank in Marine Area 9. A 3.5-inch Kingfisher Lite spoon has been a good match to the herring the salmon are eating.

SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing is still slow in the Tacoma area. A few chinook, some weighing 12 pounds, are being caught off the clay banks. Anglers are trolling a flasher and spoon about 10 feet off the bottom in water 120-150 feet deep. People also are still catching some squid off local docks. Salmon fishing in the Olympia area has been mostly slow. The waters off Fox Island have been producing some fish.

LAKES

MUNN: The temperate weather we’ve been experiencing has been bad for river anglers, but it is good news for trout anglers. The water is warm enough that trout are willing to chase leeches and Woolly Buggers in black, maroon or olive. If those aren’t working, try a white leech.

OFFUT: The lake is producing some rainbow trout. Some people fishing from the dock are using chartreuse Power Eggs fished 1-2 feet off the bottom.

POTHOLES: The recent warm weather has melted much of the ice, meaning walleye anglers are back on the water and having some success. Blade baits and worm harnesses, fished 20-30 feet deep, have been effective. Some perch up to 12 inches long also are being caught.

RATTLESNAKE: Fishing has been good for trout. Fly-anglers are having success with chironomids fished under an indicator, or with Woolly Buggers or leeches.

WASHINGTON: Anglers reported catching kokanee off the south end of Mercer Island. Pink seems to be the hot color for your lure and dodger. If the wind is calm, run your gear about 10 feet deep.

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