Columbia: The river is open for fall chinook, coho and steelhead from Buoy 10 upstream to the Washington-Oregon border. Chinook catch rates remain good to excellent below Bonneville Dam. Walleye fishing has been good in Troutdale.
Cowlitz: Anglers are catching a good number of fall chinook and an occasional coho, but it is hard to describe the fishing as hot. People are catching some steelhead at Blue Creek. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 686 fall chinook adults, 28 jacks, 129 summer-run steelhead, 36 spring chinook adults, 40 mini-jacks, 158 coho salmon, 94 jacks, 130 cutthroat trout and one sockeye salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Lewis: Boat anglers fishing near the salmon hatchery are doing best for fall chinook though most of the fish were wild and had to be released. Coho are also being caught around the salmon hatchery.
Nisqually: People are catching plenty of pinks. Try bright-colored corkies and yarn or jigs fished in the calmer holding water.
Puyallup: The majority of the catch remains pinks, while people are also taking home some coho and a few chinook. Try corkies that have a bit of chrome mixed with red, orange or pink on them — it seems to help in the murky waters.
Skokomish: There have been few reports since the river reopened, but indications are it is a little slow right now.
Yakima: River flows have leveled out at about 1,500 cubic feet per second. Look for trout holding in the faster midstream ripples or deeper pools with plenty of rocks and boulders.
Chelan: People trolling in the morning have been catching lake trout at the head of the trench. Look for fish in water 150-250 feet deep. Try using Ace Hi Flies and Mack’s Cha Cha Squidders.
Morton: This lake in southern King County will be stocked Thursday with 1,000 jumbo rainbow trout. Each of the fish weighs an average of 2 pounds. The lake is 4 miles west of Black Diamond.
Riffe: People are catching some of the landlocked silver salmon. Boat anglers are trolling with Wedding Rings behind pop gear. People who are still fishing are using shrimp and white corn.
Spencer: The trout fishing has been fair to good. People still fishing are using worms or Power Bait. If you want to troll, use a Wedding Ring or Smile Blade Fly.
Tapps: The smallmouth bass fishing has been fair to good. The issue has been finding a consistent pattern. People are using grubs, crankbaits, Senko worms and jigs. Some of the fish are weighing more than 3 pounds.
Fly fishing: There are lots of coho along local beaches. Use baitfish patterns, as long as it is in chartreuse or pink. The beaches along the Tacoma Narrows have been good spots. It’s best to fish while the tide is moving the water as the flood tides have been bringing the fish in close to shore.
South Sound: Anglers are catching a handful of salmon — mainly an even mix of coho and pink salmon, as well as a few chinook — in Tacoma waters. The pink salmon action around Browns Point has really tapered off. The fishing in Marine Area 13 has been very slow.
Westport: The salmon fishing has been fair, with people catching mostly coho. The majority of the fish are being found south of the jetty windmills.Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, washingtonlakes.com, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, gamefishin.com, Red’s Fly Shop, Westport Charterboat Association, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center, Karen Glaser at Barrier Dam Campground, Justin Waters at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org thenewstribune.com/outdoors