SW Washington fishing update

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By Terry Otto

Ocean coho is the best bet for the coming week, with all Columbia fisheries slowing. Tributaries fishing slow, while high country trout good. Panfish great everywhere.

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Chinook, sockeye, and steelhead are all slowing in the Columbia, and mark rates are poor for the Chinook and steelhead. Fishing the Columbia in the immediate Vancouver area has been slow. With shad over, too, boat anglers will want to head to the salt for the best action this week by fishing for ocean coho off Long Beach.

High country trout lakes are picking up, with many of them fishing really good right now. The only thing biting better than the trout are the mosquitos.

Lewis and Washougal Rivers Fishing report—There is not too much going on in the Lewis River, with only a very few steelhead coming to hand. Fishing pressure did pick up recently, but anglers have been mostly disappointed. John Thompson of Sportsman’s Warehouse in Vancouver, (360) 604-8000), has heard sporadic reports of steelhead coming to hand, but those have been very few and far between. During the latest creel survey, 36 bank rods had no catch, while. six boats/10 rods kept one steelhead. Conditions in the river are good, with the river running at about the 10.2-foot stage.

The Washougal remains very low and ultra-clear, and there have been no recent reports from steelheaders. If anyone is actually fishing the river, they are keeping quiet. However, given the conditions and the poor returns of summer steelhead elsewhere, savvy anglers are fishing elsewhere.

Merwin and Yale Lakes Fishing Report-– Fishing is still described as fair to good in both lakes by a number of sources, and the competition is still very high at Merwin. Sunny days are seeing a good bite in early morning and late day, and the schools can be found near the 20-foot mark early, and dropping down as deep as 60 feet when the sun climbs mid-day.

Local Lakes Fishing Report—There is a very good catfish bite going on in Vancouver Lake, but anglers should be aware of the possibility of blue-green algae blooms, especially with warmer weather forecast for this weekend. Keep pets and yourself out of the water if the warning signs are posted, but the fish are supposed to be safe to eat. Lacamas Lake is fishing well for yellow perch and largemouth bass.

Cowlitz and Kalama Rivers Fishing Report–The Barrier Dam spillway upgrade construction project is taking place through Oct. 1. Please note that the Cowlitz River outflows will be capped at 2,500 cfs for approximately three weeks in July to accommodate the requirements of the project.

Fishing slowed a little this past week on the Cowlitz River, although it is still fishing better for steelhead than any other Columbia River tributary.

The Kalama is still fishing slow for summer steelhead. During the last creel survey 19 bank rods had no catch. The summer steelhead that are around are keyed in on bait and plugs right now.

Check out Terry’s detailed report (he crushes it every week!) and forecast in this week’s paid version for SW Washington Members!
 
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