FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comOctober 26, 2013 

RIVERS

Chehalis: Anglers are catching coho in the lower river. Try using a No. 4 Blue Fox spinner.

Green: There are some coho being caught in the Kent area, but some of them are pretty dark already. Try drifting a jig tipped with shrimp or an egg/shrimp combo.

Humptulips: The river is flowing just under 300 cubic feet per second, making fishing extremely difficult. If rain arrives, that should bring the coho into the river.

Kennedy: Chum salmon are starting to show, just not in great numbers. Most people will be using corkies and yarn in chartreuse or an anchovy fished under a bobber.

Nisqually: Fishing is poor right now.

Puyallup: Overall, the action is slow, but some people are reporting catching an occasional coho by drifting eggs.

Skokomish: Reports are mixed, with some anglers catching limits of bright chum and others coming home empty-handed. A handful of coho also are being caught. Corkies and yarn are proving the most effective setup.

Snohomish: This and other North Sound systems have been producing good catches of coho. Dick Nite Spoons in nickle/brass or frog patterns cast into slower water has been effective. Wiggle Warts and jointed Rapalas also are hooking fish.

Yakima: Trout fishing has been good, and water conditions are equally good. Try using an orange Pat’s stonefly, October caddis or pearl Lightning Bugs. With water levels around 1,050 cfs, conditions are good for wading.

SALT WATER

Fly-fishing: The tides haven’t been too good for beach anglers, but when people can get on the beach, the sea-run cutthroat trout action has been very good. The next few weeks should be some of the best of the year. Anglers also are coming across a few coho and chum. Remember that sea-run cutthroats must be released.

Hood Canal: There are reports of schools of chum off the Hoodsport Hatchery, just not a lot of fish being caught right now. Fly-anglers are using baitfish patterns in chartreuse, the same color gear anglers should be using.

South Sound: Salmon fishing has been very slow this week, with just a few blackmouth being caught. There are some chum being caught off Harstine Island.

LAKES

Munn: Trout fishing has been very good, especially after the lake was stocked. Most anglers are using leeches, Woolly Buggers and Carey Specials, as well as chironomids.

Offut: Plunking baits or trolling has been effective for trout, with the bite varying from late morning to midafternoon. PowerBait and worms are an effective combo, or troll with worm-tipped spinners.

Potholes: Perch fishing off the humps at the face of O’Sullivan Dam has been producing limits. Fishers trolling are having excellent walleye fishing using a spinner and crawler combo, a Rapala Shad Rap, DC-13s or Baby Hot Lips. During the fall, walleye index netting this week, state fish biologists landed a fish topping 15 pounds.

Spencer: The lake has been the trout hot spot in the area. Most people are fishing with worms under a bobber or trolling with a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm. Size 6 Woolly Buggers in black or olive also are effective.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Point Defiance Boathouse, Red’s Fly Shop, Tom Pollack at Sportco, gamefishin.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse, washington-flyfishing.com, washingtonlakes.com, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co., steelhead-university.com, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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