Fishing Report for Nov. 16

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comNovember 16, 2013 

LAKES

Offut: The weather has helped the trout bite improve. Most people are using a worm, floated with a marshmallow or PowerBait. The Offut Lake Resort is hosting an open house Saturday at its restaurant from 1-4 p.m.

Potholes: Walleye anglers are using blade baits in the 12-60 feet of water to take advantage of the excellent walleye action. Some walleye, weighing up to 7 pounds, have been caught by boaters fishing the humps off the face of the sand dunes, the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway and the northeast side of Goose Island.

Sammamish: Yellow perch fishing has been good. Look for schools in water a little shallower than you expect, then work toward deeper water. Pay attention to your rod tip because the bite has been very light.

Spanaway: Fishing pressure has been light this week. People are catching some 13-to-15-inch trout off the dock. You’ll have luck using worm and marshmallow, and a bit of patience.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Fishing has improved in the last week, with most people catching coho. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,506 coho salmon, 1,227 coho jacks, 294 fall-chinook adults, five jacks, 11 summer-run steelhead, 68 cutthroat trout and four chum salmon adults during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. They also released 340 coho adults, 351 coho jacks and 35 fall-chinook adults into the upper river at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood,

Green: Chum action has been off and on a bit as the week progressed. Some fish are being caught upstream of the Auburn Golf Course. Try a pink jig tipped with shrimp.

Kennedy creek: Fishing is excellent right now, especially at low tide.

Nisqually: No one is catching any fish, based on multiple reports.

Puyallup: Chum have not arrived in the river yet.

Skokomish: Chum action remains very good right now. The majority of people are using corkies and yarn, as long as they are a dark color, or jigs in pink or purple. An occasional coho also is being caught.

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.

Yakima: Fishing has been good in recent days, with most fly-anglers using small nymphs or small stonefly patterns. Try a size 16-20 blue wing olive, or midge patterns like red brassies, black WD-40s and bubbleback emergers. Swinging natural, olive or white streamers early and late in the day also is hooking some trout.

SALT WATER

Beaches: A razor clam dig continues through Wednesday. Here are the low tide times and beach openings: Saturday, 5:42 p.m. minus-0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks; Sunday, 6:20 p.m., minus-0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks; Monday, 6:57 p.m., minus-0.6 feet, Twin Harbors; Tuesday, 7:33 p.m., -0.4 feet, Twin Harbors; and Wednesday, 8:09 p.m., minus-0.2 feet, Twin Harbors.

Hood Canal: The Hoodsport Hatchery remains the spot to hit. The action has been consistent all week. Try a bright green corkie paired with some black yarn.

South Sound: There are a few reports of people catching some blackmouth and chum. Fish being caught have been at the clay banks and off Point Dalco at tide changes. Run a flasher with a needlefish-sized squid or 3-inch spoon close to the bottom. Squid fishing has picked up recently. In the Olympia area, salmon-fishing pressure has been very light. The crabbing has been fairly good in the deep South Sound, compared with this summer.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Zittel’s Marina, salmonuniversity.com, The Evening Hatch, gamefishin.com, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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