Chum fishing improves at Hoodsport, attracting lots of anglers

Fishing for chum salmon in Hood Canal at the Hoodsport fish hatchery has improved in the last week.
Fishing for chum salmon in Hood Canal at the Hoodsport fish hatchery has improved in the last week. Staff file, 2008


American: There are some yellow perch being caught. Jigs tipped with perch meat has been a good setup to use. One online report said schools were found north of Beard Island in 40 feet of water. People are catching some kokanee at the north end of the lake.

Harts: The fishing remains very good to excellent for crappies, as well the the large rainbow trout stocked last month. Crappie jigs in white with a red tip have been working best for crappies, while white or yellow Power Bait and nightcrawlers have been effective for the trout.

Potholes: The rising level of the reservoir is giving anglers more access to waters in the area of the sand dunes.

Spanaway: There have been few people on the lake, but a few trout are being caught. The southside of the lake has been best for rainbows, but the action for brown trout has really slowed down.


Kennedy: The action on the creek picked up, with a state creel check Sunday showing a catch of 41 chum salmon by 67 anglers. That was the most fish counted in one day during the fall season.

Nisqually: With a low preseason forecast, the state and Nisqually Indian Tribe are concerned not enough winter chum will return to meet escapement goals. As a result, the state and tribe have agreed to close their fisheries. The recreational fishery will close at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. The closure will cover the river from its mouth to the military tank crossing bridge 1 mile upstream of the mouth of Muck Creek.

Olympic Coast: Portions of the Bogachiel, Calawah, Sol Duc and Quillayute will open to salmon fishing on Wednesday. Check the fishing regulations for details on what is open, when and what restrictions might be in place.

Puyallup: The action for chum and coho has been very slow.

Yakima: With this warmer weather, fly anglers have been getting trout to bite on the surface using blue wing olive and mayfly patterns in size 14. There also are plenty of October caddis.


Clams: Don’t forget the state has canceled the razor clam dig that was scheduled for Long Beach and Twin Harbors Nov. 12-16 because marine toxin levels are too high. The state is hoping it can move forward with the dig scheduled for Nov. 17-19 at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Hoodsport: The chum action has been fair. During state creel checks last weekend, 41 anglers had 55 fish. The improved action also is attracting a lot of anglers. Gear in green, chartreuse and purple has been working the best.

North Sound: Some more numbers from the recent Everett Blackmouth Derby. There were 615 participants who weighed in 146 fish. The average weight was 6.63 pounds per fish. The winning fish, by the way, weighed 15.62 pounds. Dylan Cochran of Auburn took third with a 12.70-pounder.

South Sound: A few legal-size chinook have been caught around Fox Island, mostly near Point Gibson, Green Point and the mouth of Wollochet Bay. Anglers have been trolling a spoon or artificial squid behind a flasher about 10 feet off the bottom in water 120-150 feet deep. Squid fishing has been improving. Anglers fishing for salmon in Marine Area 10 are having a little more success than those in the deep South Sound.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, Worley-Bugger Fly Co.,,, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Harts Lake Resort, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640