Fishing

Fishing report for June 14

A boat cruises up Drayton Passage as the rising sun gives the water a golden sheen in Longbranch on April 17.
A boat cruises up Drayton Passage as the rising sun gives the water a golden sheen in Longbranch on April 17. dmontesino@thenewstribune.com

SALT WATER

South Sound: Puget Sound remains closed to salmon fishing. The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina says lingcod fishing has been slow. Wednesday is the last day of lingcod fishing.

Westport: Weather conditions have impacted the ability to fish for lingcod.

LAKES

American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says fishing is still good off the dock. How to catch them? “Whatever you have in your tackle box,” Anderson said. Power Eggs, Power Bait and worms have all done the trick.

Klineline: This Clark County pond was stocked last week with 2,000 rainbow trout.

Mayfield: Tacoma Power released 4,000 rainbow trout last week, and it plans to soon release 4,000 more.

Mineral: Stocked last week with more than 6,300 rainbow and brown trout, and more were scheduled to be planted over the weekend.

Scanewa: Tacoma Power released 62 fish near the Cowlitz Falls Dam last week.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says wind and unfavorable forecasts on Tuesday morning kept anglers away. But when conditions are better, still fishing on the south end has been good. He says a 2.5-foot leader with worms and marshmallows or Power Bait have worked. Trolling and dock fishing are slow due to the fish remaining deep.

Tanwax: Rainbow RV Resort reports still fishing is the way to go right now. Power Eggs — either in orange sparkle or garlic — are doing the trick. The resort is planting the lake with 150 trout this week in advance of Saturday’s fishing derby. The derby is $10 to enter. Call 360-879-5115 for more information.

RIVERS

Cispus: Tacoma Power released 86 fish upstream of the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek last week.

Columbia: The sockeye return is at a record high. Through Monday, the count was at 33,396, the most since at least 1938. The previous mark of 24,728 was set last year. This season’s forecast predicted 101,600 to return to the mouth of the Columbia this year. Peak counts at Bonneville Dam are usually around July 1. Anglers are catching shad and walleye below Bonneville Dam. Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing is going well for some anglers between Woodland and Longview.

Cowlitz: Boat anglers are catching chinook upstream from Interstate 5, and bank anglers are having good luck near the barrier dam. Summer-run steelhead are biting downstream from the trout hatchery. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 517 spring chinook adults, 201 jacks, seven winter-run steelhead adults, 131 summer-run steelhead adults and a cutthroat trout. The agency released 239 chinook at Packwood’s Franklin Bridge.

Kalama: Chinook and steelhead are biting, but the action isn’t particularly hot, according to state reports.

Lewis: The action is slow.

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