South Puget Sound fishing report for Oct. 11

Fishing report for South Puget Sound.
Fishing report for South Puget Sound.


Clams: Coastal razor clam digging starts on the evening of Friday, Oct. 14 at Copalis and Mocrocks. The beaches are open to digging on the evening tides through Sunday, Oct. 16. Long Beach is closed because of high domoic acid levels. A decision has not yet been made regarding Twin Harbors.

Digging is not permitted before noon and low tides are at 5:55 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, 6:42 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 and 7:28 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Digging is usually best in the two hours before low tide.

Crabbing: Open areas include Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) and the section of Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) north of Hood Canal to a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point. The areas are open through the end of the year.

The remainder of Marina Area 9 opens Saturday, Oct. 15, as does Marine Areas 5 (Sekiu and Pillar Point), 6 (East Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Skagit Bay and Hope Island), 8-2 (Ports Susan and Gardner), 10 (Seattle-Bremerton) and part of 4 (Neah Bay), according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Check regulations for more details.

South Sound: Anglers are catching salmon south of the Narrows Bridge. The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff recommends mooching or jigging near Point Gibson on the outgoing tide or trolling with flasher and spoon in other areas. Fox Island is currently one of the most popular spots. Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) is closed to salmon fishing until Feb. 1.

North Sound: Anglers are catching salmon near the San Juan Islands.


Cispus: Last week, Tacoma Power released 253 coho adults and 315 coho jacks near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Cowlitz: Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 2,162 coho adults, 1,194 jacks, 1,013 fall chinook adults, 46 jacks, 221 summer-run steelhead adults, 64 cutthroat trout and a pair of spring chinook adults at the salmon hatchery separator. The agency released 138 coho adults, 134 coho jacks and two spring chinook at Packwood’s Franklin Bridge.

Green: Anglers are catching coho. Eggs and red spinner lures are recommended.

Skykomish: The river, downstream from the Wallace River, opened to coho fishing Tuesday. Originally closed to all fishing, the river was opened after state and tribal managers agreed that the coho return is strong enough to support limited fisheries. The fishery is planned to last through Oct. 31. The Wallace and Snohomish rivers are also open.

Tilton: Last week, Tacoma Power released 782 coho adults, 216 coho jacks, 630 fall chinook adults, 31 jacks and 15 cutthroat at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.


American: The trout action has been slow in recent weeks, but recent reports indicate perch fishing is good.

Island: The Kitsap County Lake was stocked with 900 trout on Oct. 5.

Lawrence: The state plans to soon stock this Thurston County lake with 400 rainbow trout.

Nahwatzel: The state stocked this Mason County lake with 3,000 trout Sept. 30-Oct. 3.

St. Clair: Due to be stocked with 425 trout in the coming days.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Lake Boathouse says anglers are catching brown trout at the north end of the lake while the resident fly fisherman is doing well across the lake from the boathouse. Still-fishing at the south end is producing rainbow trout, but the fish are deep. Herlitzka says a worm and marshmallow should do the trick. Worms are also attracting perch and small bass.

Spencer: This Mason County lake was stocked last week with more than 2,500 rainbow trout.