Capt. Ron Westrate, Director SLM, reports from First Call ll .
This was a week of change with some strong north winds for two days blowing in cold water. The water temperature changed from 63 degrees one day to 47 degrees the next and as a result some of the salmon and steelhead moved in front the piers where the bait schooled. During the July 4th weekend you could fish in 90 foot of water and catch lake trout and some salmon or you could fish in 20 foot of water and catch some salmon and steelhead. Either place produced creel numbers of 10 to 15 fish per trip. By Sunday, the bite in side slowed and most boats moved off shore.
The fishing in the deeper water is producing with the same lures and combinations that I listed in the last couple of reports.
In front the piers the fish were hitting small orange and orange combination stingers on 2, 3 and 5 color leadcore. In addition the dipsy divers at 40 and 60 foot with Stingray lures produced some nice salmon.
There are some good reports on the perch with 20 to 40 per boat reported. With the cold water, the best bet was on the edge of the river water in 30 to 40 foot. There were also some nice catches in 50 to 60 foot of water off the ball.
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