SOUTH SOUND: Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports the fishing is slow. Few anglers are heading out but they are occasionally rewarded with a coho.
NORTH SOUND: Anglers seem to be doing best near Port Angeles and Cornet Bay.
MEETING: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled seven meetings this fall and winter to discuss and develop draft policy for managing salmon fisheries in Willapa Bay.
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In a statement released this week, Steve Thiesfeld, WDFW’s regional fish program manager called the fisheries “extremely valuable and popular.”
“"We need the public's help to identify fishery objectives and develop a policy that will ensure sustainable fisheries," he said.
The meetings schedule for Oct. 5 and 27; Nov. 1, 13 and 20; Dec. 6 and Jan. 17 in Raymond. Visit wdfw.wa.gov for more information.
CHEHALIS: Anglers are catching chinook and coho.
COLUMBIA: Below Bonneville Dam a WDFW sampling showed 183 salmonid anglers (52 in boats) showed 13 chinook, 58 coho and no steelhead. All but one adult Chinook were kept as were 84 percent of the adult coho. Reports state, “anglers made 5,300 trips and caught 595 adult Chinook (590 kept and five released) 1,140 adult coho (992 kept and 148 released) and 12 summer steelhead (kept).” The Bonneville Pool is producing some Chinook and coho.
COWLITZ: Coho fishing has been good according to the WDFW. Anglers are averaging nearly one keeper per rod and bank anglers are average one for every two rods. Some are also catching Chinook steelhead and cutthroats.
LEWIS: Some fall Chinook and coho on the mainstem and the north fork according to the WDFW.
NISQUALLY: The river reopened to the retention of hatchery chinook on Oct. 15 downstream of Military Tank Crossing Bridge and at the mouth of Kalama and Clear creeks. The opening is scheduled to last through Jan. 31.
PUYALLUP: Anglers were catching fish here earlier this week.
BRADLEY: Recently stocked with 200 fish as part of a WDFW stocking program that will infuse 47 Western Washington Lakes with a combined 340,000 catchable-size trout.
BONNEY LAKE: Recently stocked with 100 catchable-size trout.
HARTS: WDFW planned to stock the lake with 350 catchable-size trout this week.
KAPOWSIN: WDFW planned to stock the lake with 625 catchable-size trout this week.
LAWRENCE: The WDFW planned to stock the lake with 525 catchable-size trout this week.
LONG’S POND: This Thurston County lake was scheduled to be stocked with 200 trout this week.
MUNN: Last week the lake was stocked with 500 catchable-size trout.
OHOP: The lake was scheduled to be infused with 1,000 catchable-size trout this week.
ST. CLAIR: The process of stocking the lake with 44,500 fish started last week and will continue with about 10,000 fish per week.
VANCE CREEK: Ponds 1 and 2 were scheduled to be stocked with trout this week. Pond 1 was due to get 1,000 fish while Pond 2 was to get 7,500.
CHELAN: Darrell and Dad’s Guide Service reports trolling the Barrens and the Trench is the best place to catch lake trout. Try at a depth of 165-205 feet deep in the mornings and 210-250 feet later in the day. Fishing Mill Bay and other nearshore areas is a good way to land rainbow trout and northern pikeminnow.
POTHOLES: The weather might be cooling, but the fishing is still hot. Walleye, bass and perch are biting, according to MarDon Resort. Anglers are catching crappie 12 inches and longer trolling at the mouth of Crab Creek and the face of the dunes.
TROUT: Trout Unlimited is holding a $1,000 writing contest, the organization announced Thursday. The winning entry will be featured in an upcoming issue of Trout Magazine and will be read at a Trout Unlimited event in Seattle on Nov. 20. Essays are required to focus on steelhead, must be no more than 500 words and, presumably, much more entertaining than this fishing report. Entries must be submitted by Nov. 11. For more information visit tu.org.