River anglers are waiting for rain to bring river levels up and salmon into the systems. The forecast calls for steady rain Saturday, and then showers beginning Tuesday and lasting through the week.
Beaches: A razor clam dig is underway. Here are the low tide times and opens: 6:36 p.m. Saturday, - 0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; 6:16 p.m. Sunday, - 1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks; 6:59 p.m. Monday, - 1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks; 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, - 1.3 feet; Long Beach and Twin Harbors; 8:33 p.m. Wednesday, - 1.2 feet; Twin Harbors; 9:24 p.m. Thursday, - 1.2 feet; Twin Harbors; and 10:19 p.m. Friday, - 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors.
Fly fishing: The cutthroat fishing has been very good. There are still a few coho hanging around waiting for some rain, but the chum salmon are starting to outnumber them. Start with baitfish patterns in olive and white or chartreuse and white.
South Sound: Salmon fishing around Tacoma has been slow, with just a few fish being caught off the clay banks and slag pile. Try working the bottom with small spoons like the Coho Killer and the 3-inch Kingfisher Lite. Squid are starting to show at the public piers. Anglers are reporting chum salmon catches in the Shelton area. Jigs seem to be the best way to hook them, although they’ll happily take your anchovy offering.
Harts: The lake was recently stocked with 750 11/2-pound rainbows that are eager to bite your offering. The crappie fishing also has been very good.
Lone: The action has been fair to good for rainbow trout. The fishing seemed to be moving into shallower water.
Offut: The trout have been biting later in the morning. Worms and Power Bait are still the best baits to use, sometimes in combination.
Potholes: The walleye action has been good trolling blade-baits and jigs tipped with a night crawler in the humps off the sand dunes. Jumbo perch up to 13 inches have been caught at the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway, the humps off the face of the sand dunes and in the Lind Coulee arm. Rainbow trout up to 7 pounds are being caught at the east end of O’Sullivan Dam. Try using a Rapala Shad Rap.
Washington: The perch fishing has been good to very good. Look for schools in water about 50 feet deep. The key has been keeping your bait, one-half a nightcrawler or a strip of perch meat, along the bottom.
Chehalis: The stretch around Montesano has been the most productive for coho recently, especially with the tributaries so low. Trolling with a herring and a Fish Flash, or a magnum Wiggle Wart has been effective. Casting a Vibrax spinner toward the bush piles along the bank also has worked.
Green: The action has been fair this week, with fishermen catching some coho and dark pink salmon. The action has been best in the lower river.
Humptulips: People fishing eggs under a bobber are hooking a few chinook.
Nisqually: The fishing remains mostly poor. Anglers are catching an occasional salmon or trout. The chum, it appears, have yet to make their appearance.
Skokomish: Anglers are using red corkies and yarn to hook plenty of chum right now. The fish are bright and hard fighting. Remember, you can keep only those fish that are hooked in the mouth or the head.
Snohomish: The river has been producing consistent catches of coho. Most anglers are using eggs, or drifting large, bright jigs through heavy cover.
Yakima: The trout fishing has been very good, with lots of fish measuring 11-15 inches long. Look for hatches of blue wing olives, mahoganys and cahills, with October caddis holding in the shadows. Try using a dry fly-dropper rig.Contributors: Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Don Wells at Harts Lake Resort & Deli, Tom Pollack at Sportco, gamefishin.com, washingtonlakes.com, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, The Evening Hatch, Casey Weigel of Waters West Guided Sportfishing, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Todd Daniels of Tall Tails Guide Service. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org thenewstribune.com/outdoors