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Fresh & Saltwater Fishing Report (6/21/13)

Courtesy Photo. Byron Peck, Cinebar, hoists of a short string of trout, the first of many caught out of Lake Mayfield at this time last year.

It’s the first day of summer and although it’s looking more like mid-April outside, the cooler temperatures and rain may be just what we fishermen ordered. Lakes & Ponds According to Randy Stearnes, community relations officer at Tacoma Power, TPU is through for the year in planting Swofford Pond (Mossyrock) and the South County Pond (Toledo), but they will be planting rainbow trout ... Read More »

Fresh & Saltwater Fishing Report (5/9/13)

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The weather has been fantastic this week and so has the fishing. Lakes & Ponds Swofford Pond is fishing well, and there are easy 2-hour limits to be had for the asking, according to Norma Jean, of Two Bucks Espresso in Chehalis. (By the way, there are no largemouth bass, I repeat, NO LARGEMOUTH BASS at Swofford Pond. None at ... Read More »

Cowlitz River Fishing Report (4/27/13)

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Avoid the massive crowds hitting the local lakes and ponds for opening day of trout season and head to the Cowlitz — it’s been a good week and it looks like it’s gonna be a good weekend! The week of April 15 Tacoma Power recovered 427 winter-run steelhead, five summer-run steelhead, 63 spring Chinook adults and two jacks during five ... Read More »

Fresh & Saltwater Fishing Report (4/11/13)

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You don’t have to wait for the April 27 opener of trout season to wet a line and haul up some rainbow beauties. The average “catchable” rainbow trout measures 11″ in length; jumbos run around 2-pounds each. The following year round local lakes have recently received plants: Thurston County Black Lake: 27,000 catchables Lake Lawrence: 10,000 catchables Lake St. Clair: ... Read More »

Cowlitz River Fishing Report (3/25/13)

Rick Estes, Adriatic Outfitters< '/a>, put three nice steelies in the boat on Sunday. Take not of the Brad's Roe Bead in the photo, three of the four fish boated (and many more hook-ups) this last weekend where brought in with this gear.

The B-run of winter-fun (sic) steelhead are finally starting to show up in numbers on the Cowlitz River. I talked to a few guides that had some great luck this weekend (and we all know “luck” has more to do with knowledge and preparation than the favor of the fickle Lady Luck). The boats weren’t limiting out in a fast ... Read More »

Fresh & Saltwater Fishing Report (3/21/13)

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Any fisherman worth the water in his/her waders can put up with a little rain, wind, and cold, but when the return on your investment of time and suffering is low — as it has been lately — it just doesn’t seem worth the effort. Rivers & Streams “With the weather the way it has been, it’ll be four or ... Read More »

Fresh & Saltwater Fishing Report (3/14/13)

Wyatt Bowen, 5 (June 2011), Napavine, proudly lifts his string of rainbow trout to pose for the camera. Wyatt had his limit caught (three fish only on derby day) just 15 minutes into the 2-hour tournament.

MARCH 14, 2013 — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has been busy planting catchable trout throughout the area. Black Lake (Thurston County) had 3,000 fresh little swimmers planted this week. Offut Lake had 1,200 rainbows weighing over a pound each tossed into its waters in late February. Lake Sacajawea (Cowlitz County) received a plant of 2,450 half-pound rainbows in early March. ... Read More »

Cowlitz River Fishing Report (3/11/13)

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Things are looking up! Yesterday at least four Chinook were hooked at the Barrier Dam, two were landed, the other two still have hooks in them somewhere. Only one steelhead was hauled to the bank. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 145 winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the ... Read More »

Fresh & Saltwater Fishing Report (3/7/13)

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Lakes & Ponds Rufus Woods Lake is worth the trip eastside. The daily limit is only 2 trout (including kokanee), but if you use lures and single-point hooks you are allowed to release uninjured fish and keep fishing until you find the ones you want to keep. The triploid rainbow trout can run in the 12- to 15-pound range. Read about ... Read More »

Cowlitz River Fishing Report (3/5/13)

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They’ve been calling this “The Year of the BIG Steelhead.” The B-run of the winter-run steelhead generally run larger than the fish in the early run, that’s a well-known fact. The early run of the winter-run steelhead normally range between 6 and 10 pounds, a big fish in the late run is usually around 15 pounds. This year they are ... Read More »

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