It will be my first time to the Mouth of the Lewis. Can somebody give me the scoop on what the scene is like up there. Do people troll or anchor in the columbia or actually in the Lewis? Also is a washington license required.
To clarify, the "Lewis" (or any other river mouth feeding the CR)and the need to have a WA license is a straight line across the CR beaches at the mouth. If you stay outside that you are in the CR and do not need a WA license, inside that you do.
I fished there yesterday, so here's the scoop as I saw it: On the incoming tide, most anglers were trolling in the main stem Columbia from just above the mouth to about 1/4 mile downstream. After the tide change, hog lines formed mainly from the mouth up to the green channel marker, but some also below the mouth. I was upstream of the mouth in 45' and boated two Chinook. The majority of the fish I saw caught were at 50' and deeper. I didn't notice anybody actually in the Lewis itself.
They both were caught on Alvins, one chrome with a blue/green blend on the tip, the other chrome with brass tip. 5' leader, 5' dropper. No scent. I couldn't see what the other fish in the area were caught on.
Be careful when crossing between Sand Island & Sauvies Island. There was at least two new deadheads that looked to be at least 6-8 inches anchored on the bottom. One had a milk jug on it, but a log raft took that off. They are moving between both rivers and have been in the main channel of BOTH rivers. I don't know what the impact on them from a gillnet would be.
I,ve been watching the people in the mouth of the Lewis for the last couple of weeks, they dont seem to troll they just hover, they do catch fish but its a mess. Fin it was nice fishing by you the other day was sorry you had to leave was it the wind? :depressed: I havent been able to make contact with to many ifishers out on the water.
If its not a good bite dont set the hook.- Words to live by when your from Washougal.