SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing has been slow this week, with a few coho being caught. Some fish are being caught off the slag pile and Point Dalco. Anglers are trolling 50-100 feet deep with a flasher and hoochie, or mooching with cut-plug herring.
WESTPORT: Fishing was good earlier this week but then slowed as the weekend approached because of the weather. People were catching coho in the ocean and in Grays Harbor, with many fish topping 10 pounds. A cut-plug herring pulled behind a white and green flasher has been effective. Ocean fishing closes Monday.
CARBON: People are catching a coho or two per person. Green corkies and yarn are producing hookups.
CHEHALIS: Coho are being caught in the lower river, but most of them are jacks. Trolling with herring seems to be a good way to start.
GREEN: Pinks are the most common fish found on stringers, but the overall action has been fair this week.
NISQUALLY: People are catching a few salmon each day, mainly pinks, with an occasional coho or chinook. Orange or red corkies have been effective.
PUYALLUP: Pinks, as well as some coho, are still being caught. The male pinks are pretty dark at this point, while some of the hens still have been fresh and bright. Rocket red corkies with green yarn have been a good combination. Recreational fishing is closed Sunday and Monday, then the upper river reopens Tuesday, while the lower stretch reopens Thursday.
SATSOP: The action has been spotty, with people catching mainly coho jacks.
YAKIMA: The river level has dropped to about 1,500 cubic feet per second as of Friday morning, after rising to around 2,300 cfs early in the week. Trout should have returned to their holding spots in the riffles and midstream holes. Stonefly nymphs and October caddis are good flies to start with.
MINERAL: Trout fishing has been fair, slowed a bit by the weather. Trolling with a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm has been effective, as has still fishing with a worm and Power Bait. Fishing on the lake closes Monday.
POTHOLES: With cooler water temperatures, the walleye bite is back in full swing. The northeastern side of Goose Island has been producing some nice walleye action. Lots of people are anchoring off the face of the sand dunes in 4-20 feet of water and catching limits of perch (25 each) from 8-12 inches long. The rock piles near the island are producing smallmouth bass, some weighing more than 4 pounds.
SPANAWAY: The brown trout action has been good toward the evening. Try the southwest side for some fish measuring up to 19 inches long. Still fishing is the best way to go for rainbow trout. Try using a 3-foot leader with a worm and a bit Power Bait.
TANWAX: Perch action has been good, while bass fishing has been fair. Trout action is still slow. Bass anglers are using large night crawlers or dark-colored Senko worms. Perch fishermen are using crappie jigs tipped with maggots.Contributors: Mike Meseberg at MarDon Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Point Defiance Boathouse, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center, gamefishin.com, washingtonlakes.com, Red’s Fly Shop, The Evening Hatch, Mineral Lake Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Dave Potter at Rainbow RV Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org thenewstribune.com/outdoors