Anglers are reminded that many of the lowland lakes will close for the season Saturday (Oct. 31). Go to wdfw.wa.gov/fishing for information on what lakes are open year-round. Some options for fall and winter fishing include Spanaway, Harts, American, Munn, Black and Long lakes.
MOSES: The south end has been a hot spot for yellow perch. Most of the fish are measuring more than 12 inches long. Try using a dark-colored jig.
POTHOLES: Fish for walleye on the humps in front of the sand dunes. Trolling in water 8-29 feet deep should be effective. Dock fishing for yellow perch and crappie has been fair. There has been better action for perch in Lind Coulee.
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SPANAWAY: Pressure has been very light, a few trout and perch are being caught. The lake was planted Thursday with 6,000 3-inch brown trout. The should be catchable size by next year.
WASHINGTON: Yellow perch fishing remains good to very good. Look for schools of perch in water 50-70 feet deep. Bounce your baits off the bottom until you locate a school and then drop anchor to work that area. Night crawlers, jigs and perch meat are simple but effective baits.
COLUMBIA: As of Sunday, anglers on the lower river and a number of tributaries will be able to keep only one adult coho, down from the limit of six fish. The limit reduction includes the Cowlitz, Tilton, Cispus, Kalama and Lewis rivers, as well as Mayfield Lake, among others. Poor returns of coho forced the regulation change. Go to wdfw.wa.gov for details.
COWLITZ: Fall chinook are mainly being caught by the barrier dam, while people are catching summer-run steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout by the trout hatchery.
OLYMPIC COAST: Fishing has been fair to good for salmon. Anglers are finding chinook hitting eggs bounced off the bottom or jigs. Look for the fish holding in deep holes, around structure or along ledges and drop-offs. Watch for rising river levels making conditions unsafe.
YAKIMA: Trout fishing has been consistently good from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tan caddies flies have been effective early, then look to switch to blue wing olives and October caddis in the afternoon.
GRAYS HARBOR: Fishing in Grays Harbor Catch Area 2-2 and all its tributaries was closed Friday (Oct. 30) until further notice. The closure includes the Chehalis, Humptulips, Satstop, Black, Skookumchuck and Wynoochee rivers. The state put the closure in place because coho runs are far below preseason forecasts.
NORTH SOUND/STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA: The action off Sekiu has slowed considerably. While the numbers are down, the best coho action has been off Port Angeles. On Friday (Oct. 30), the state announced that anglers in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will be allowed to keep only chum salmon beginning Sunday. The hatchery chinook season due to open Sunday has been postponed.
SOUTH SOUND: Just a handful of salmon are being caught, with anglers landing an occasional blackmouth, coho and chum salmon. High tides just before dark has been the best time to jig for squid off local docks. Crabbing has been fair.
Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, The Evening Hatch, salmonuniversity.com, Point Defiance Boathouse, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, steelheaduniversity.com, northwestfishingreports.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640