Fishing Report for Dec. 4

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comDecember 4, 2013 

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Overall, the action is fair. Winter-run steelhead have edged out coho as the dominant catch.

Green: The action has been slow in recent days, with reports of just a handful of coho and chum salmon being caught.

Lewis: The North Fork is still putting out some chinook, mainly for boat anglers.

Nisqually: There are some reports of chum salmon being caught, but the action is slow overall. The late chum run typically hits full stride mid- to late December and generally remains strong until at least mid-January.

Olympic Coast: The fishing is slow overall as the rivers are low and clear. The lower Hoh River has been the most productive spot for early winter-run steelhead.

Puyallup: People are catching some chrome-bright chum, especially near the mouth of Clarks Creek. The fish seem to be holding tight to the bank with the river still flowing high.

Skokomish: The river continues to produce chum catches. Try corkies and yarn in dark colors such as purple.

Skykomish: There are fish throughout the river right now, with fish being caught from the lower river below Monroe all the way to the hatchery at Reiter Ponds. The majority of the fish are in the 4- to 8-pound range.

Yakima: Nymphing has been the best method, as the river level is running high. Try using a size 8-10 stonefly nymph trailed by another nymph in sizes 14-18.

LAKES

Black: Productivity has been slowed by the weather. The fish are holding deep, so try fly patterns such as chironomids or black woolly buggers, fishing very slowly. While the lake is large enough to escape freezing over, smaller lakes in the area have had a layer of ice on cold mornings.

Lenice: This popular eastside trout lake is still producing good catches, if you can stand the cold. Fishing nymphs deep on an intermediate sink line is producing lots of hookups with fish measuring 13-15 inches.

Rufus Woods: The action for triploid rainbow trout seems to have picked up in the last week, with more and larger fish being caught. Some of the fish are topping 10 pounds. The best action has been in the lower portion of the lake. Try using a gold spoon.

SALT WATER

Beaches: A razor clam dig continues this week. The best digging is one to two hours before low tide. Here are the openings and low tide times: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors and Long Beach; Thursday, 8:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet, Twin Harbors; Friday, 9:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors; and Saturday, 9:56 p.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors.

Hood Canal: The chum action at the Hoodsport Hatchery remains good to very good. On Sunday, the handful of anglers who braved the weather averaged more than two fish per person.

South Sound: The weather has kept most people off the water. There was just one person checked by the state on Sunday. The blackmouth action was fair before the storm, with people catching fish along the slag pile in water 120-150 feet deep. Anglers are having success catching chum at Perry Creek, west of Olympia. Creel checks in the last week showed anglers were averaging just under a fish per person.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, washingtonlakes.com, gamefishin.com, The Evening Hatch, Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters, washingtonflyfishing.com, Bjorn Beech at The Fly Fisher. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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