SOUTH SOUND: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports salmon fishing has been slow, but squidding is “off the hook.” Anglers are catching some coho salmon near Gig Harbor and Dash Point. Blackmouth are biting, but not many anglers are trying. Some early chum salmon are biting for those trolling with flasher and hoochie.
NORTH SOUND: Coho fishing has been consistently good but hardly great, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. He said Whidbey Island is a good place to try for boat and bank anglers.
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CARBON: Coho and pink salmon have been biting lately.
COLUMBIA: Walleye fishing continues to be good near Troutdale, Oregon. State Department of Fish and Wildlife samples last week showed that in the Gorge, boat anglers averaged 2.61 fall chinook, 0.1 coho and 0.06 steelhead caught per boat. Near Troutdale, they averaged 0.41 fall chinook and 0.02 coho caught per boat.
COWLITZ: Tacoma Power reports that last week its crews recovered 61 summer-run steelhead, 1,101 fall chinook adults, 86 jacks, 418 coho adults, 619 jacks and seven cutthroat trout.
NORTHERN RIVERS: Rain blew out these rivers over the weekend, but Chamberlain expects coho fishing to be good by the weekend on the Skykomish, Stillaguamish and Skagit.
OLYMPIC PENINSULA: Anglers have been doing well on area rivers, according to multiple reports. Last week, selective gear restrictions were lifted allowing chinook retention on the lower rivers.
PUYALLUP: Salmon fishing has been slow. Despite Saturday’s rain, the river level is back below normal and very muddy.
TILTON: Tacoma Power last week released 503 fall chinook adults, 47 jacks, with 126 coho adults, 533 jacks and one cutthroat trout at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.
AMERICAN: The lake is site of Commencement Bay Rowing Club’s American Lake Fall Classic Regatta starting at 9 a.m. Sunday.
There is some great trout fishing out there right now in local lakes.
Mike Chamberlain, Ted’s Sports Center
BEAVER: This King County lake is scheduled to be stocked with 2,500 hatchery rainbow trout Wednesday morning. Anglers can catch fish from shore, but fishing is best by small boat, says Justin Spinelli, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist. Internal combustion engines are prohibited on the lake.
LONE: This Whidbey Island lake might be worth the trip for fly-fishermen, Chamberlain said. Anglers are reporting doing very well, some even catching more than a dozen fish,
MAYFIELD: Anglers have had luck trolling for trout.
MUNN: Crappie and bluegill have been biting more frequently than trout.
CHELAN: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Guide Service says lake trout fishing has been hot for those trolling the Barrens and the Trench. The Bar area is a good place to land big fish in the morning. Rainbow trout fishing is starting to heat up in Mill Bay.