jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comOctober 23, 2013 


Carbon: People are catching a few coho and some dark pinks. Try using a purple or pink/purple jig.

Columbia: Below Bonneville Dam, bank anglers are catching some fall chinook while boat anglers are primarily catching coho. The river from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam will be closed to salmon fishing effective Nov. 1. In the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers are catching fall chinook and coho. Bank anglers are catching some legal sturgeon in The Dalles Pool.

Cowlitz: Anglers continue to catch a mix of fall chinook, coho, searun cutthroat trout and just a few steelhead.

Green: The coho fishing has been fair to good, especially the stretch from Auburn up to the Washington 18 bridge. Drifting eggs or using corkies and yarn has been working well.

Humptulips: People are hooking a mix of dark coho, as well as some chum salmon. Orange corkies with orange or red yarn has produced some fish.

Kalama: Anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho and steelhead.

Lewis: Boat anglers seem to have the better luck right now, catching fall chinook and coho, while bank anglers are primarily catching coho jacks.

Nisqually: Anglers fishing near Riverbend Campground are catching chinook, coho, chum and dark pink salmon. Corkies and yarn is the popular setup, or casting Dick Nite spoons.

Puyallup: The water conditions are low and fairly clear, and few people have been on the water. Those few who have been fishing have caught some coho drifting jigs.

Olympic Coast: While the rivers are low and clear, people are catching mostly coho and a few chinook. Good options are the upper Hoh, downstream from the Olympic National Park boundary, and the Sol Duc.

Yakima: The trout action has been fair to good. There have been some blue wing olive hatches around midday, but most people are having success with small nymphs such as a zebra midge.


American: The perch fishing has been good, with people hooking plenty of fish measuring 10-12 inches. Look for the schools holding in water around 40 feet deep.

Rattlesnake: The trout action has been good to very good. Fly anglers are trolling with a black woolly bugger or fishing a caddis pattern just under the surface.

Tapps: People are catching a few smallmouth bass, but the action has been slow as the water temperatures have dropped. Lures in a perch pattern are effective.


Fly fishing: The action for searun cutthroat trout has been very good to excellent. Sculpin and small baitfish patterns are hooking trout. There are still some coho in certain areas and chum salmon are starting to show up.

Hood Canal: Chum salmon are starting to return to the Hoodsport Hatchery, just not in great numbers yet. A check of 41 anglers Friday-Sunday showed a catch of 16 salmon.

Strait of Juan de Fuca: While the number of people fishing from Sekiu to Port Angeles has really dropped off, the catch rate is still holding at one coho per person, according to state creel checks.

South Sound: The blackmouth action has been slow to fair. Most people are trolling a flasher trailed by a spoon or hoochie in water 130-180 feet deep. Keep your rig within 10 feet of the bottom. The clay banks in front of the Point Defiance Boathouse and off Quartermaster Harbor have been producing a few fish. Creel checks of anglers in the deep South Sound show a mix of blackmouth and chum.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse,, and Curt Reed at Waters West.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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