Fishing Report for Nov. 6

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comNovember 6, 2013 

SALT WATER

Beaches: A razor clam dig continues through Friday at Twin Harbors beach on some of the lowest tides of the fall. Here are the low tide times and open beaches: Wednesday, 8:33 p.m., minus-1.2 feet; Thursday, 9:24 p.m., minus-1.2 feet; and Friday, 10:19 p.m., minus-0.3 feet.

Hood Canal: Chum action at the Hoodsport Hatchery has improved. A state creel check of 57 anglers Saturday showed a catch of 110 fish. Chartreuse is the go-to color.

South Sound: Salmon fishing is fair for blackmouth, with a few chum also being caught. Troll a flasher and spoon close to the bottom in water 150-200 feet deep. Some squid are starting to show up at area docks

LAKES

Chelan: Lake trout action has been good. Try an Ace Hi-Fly in a glow pattern, fished right along the bottom. The trench and the lower end of Mack Bar are loaded with fish right now.

Pass: Trout fishing has been fair to good for fly anglers. Try a minnow pattern cast toward shore, then stripped back into deeper water. Some fish are approaching 18 inches.

Washington: Fishing has been very good for yellow perch, which have been big and chunky this fall. Look for schools in water 60-70 feet deep. Using larger bait has attracted larger fish, one angler reported.

RIVERS

Columbia: In the Bonneville and The Dalles pools, boat anglers are catching fall chinook and coho. Sturgeon fishing in The Dalles Pool has been slow.

Cowlitz: Anglers continue to catch a mix of fall chinook, coho and sea-run cutthroats. Anglers are reporting that most of the chinook are dark and have been released. In addition, Tacoma Power employees last week released 340 coho adults, 351 coho jacks, and 35 fall chinook adults into the upper river at the Skate Creek bridge in Packwood.

Green: Overall, fishing is slow, although there are some reports of steelhead being caught. Try using eggs under a bobber.

Kalama: Anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho and steelhead. Most of the fall chinook were dark and released, as were some of the coho.

Kennedy: Can’t say the action is red-hot, but people are catching some adult chum in the lower creek. A creel sample of 23 anglers Saturday showed they caught 13 chum.

Lewis: Anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook and coho, although some of the fish are getting dark and were released.

Minter: There are only a few chum in the area. The action should pick up in a couple of weeks.

Nisqually: Fishing has been very slow.

Puyallup: The upper river has been producing a few coho, but the action has been on the slow side. River flows, measured in Puyallup, are about 3,000 cubic feet per second.

Skokomish: Fishing has been very good to excellent in recent days, with people catching lots of bright chum as well as some coho. Some anglers are using corkies and yarn in red, green or pink, or fishing shrimp-tipped jigs under a bobber.

Snohomish: Coho fishing has been up and down in recent days, reflecting the water conditions. As long as there isn’t too much rain, the action should be fair to good. Try drifting eggs or twitching a jig.

Tilton: During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 257 coho adults, 17 coho jacks, 181 fall chinook adults, one jack and seven cutthroat trout into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, washingtonlakes.com, Joe Heinlen of Lake Chelan Adventures, gamefishin.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Marina, washingtonflyfishing.com. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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