Fishing report for Sept. 12

People who enjoy digging for clams can expect another good season. That is the forecast after the summer’s clam population assessment showed strong numbers on most beaches. The season is expected to open the second week of October. We will have details on the upcoming season in Sunday’s Adventure section.


COLUMBIA: With record numbers, you have to figure someone is catching chinook. On Monday, a single-day record 67,521 adult fall chinook made their way through Bonneville Dam. The forecast calls for 1.5 million fall chinook to return to the river by the end of the year. The action for summer-run steelhead also remains very good.

NISQUALLY: A few coho are being caught, but the action is far from good at this moment.

OLYMPIC COAST: People are catching a mix of chinook, coho and sockeye salmon, as well as some steelhead. Anglers are reminded the upper Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River and their tributaries are closed until Oct. 16.

PUYALLUP: There are bright coho being caught in the river, all the way up to Sumner. The number of fish in the river seems to be increasing.

YAKIMA: The trout action is very good, despite river conditions being very low and clear. The fish seem to be keying in on October caddis pupae right now. The flow was 1,250 cubic feet per second Friday morning, which is low even for this time of year.


AMERICAN: People are catching both rainbow trout and kokanee, trolling about 30 feet down with small hoochies. You may have to switch colors until you find the one fish will hit. The early morning has been the best time to fish.

LONE: The trout in this Whidbey Island lake have been hitting white leeches or dark-colored woolly buggers. There also have been some midge hatches taking place.

POTHOLES: The walleye fishing has been very good, with some fish weighing more than 10 pounds. Winds this week have pushed lots of bait toward the south shore, so concentrate your efforts there for crappie and perch.

SPANAWAY: Boat anglers are catching their limits of trout. Some of the fish are 16-18 inches long. Fish a worm near the surface if you want to troll or still fish with worm and a marshmallow on a 5-foot limit. The dock fish has been on the slow side.

Salt water

FLY FISHING: The coho are showing up in better numbers in the South Sound and the sea-run cutthroat fishing has been very good. Bright flies in pinks and greens have been working best.

ILWACO: The fishing remains very good, although the catch was 95 percent coho for the week. The average catch rate was 1.60 salmon per angler.

SOUTH SOUND: The eastside of the Sound in the Tacoma area and north remains the best option for catching coho. Try from Three Tree Point to Browns Point. The pressure has been light in the waters around Olympia, but a few fish are being caught. Trolling spoons in water 45-50 feet deep off Tolmie State Park has been producing some catches of chinook.

WESTPORT: The fishing was excellent last week, with anglers averaging 1.82 salmon per trip, one of the best averages of the season. Of the salmon caught, 91 percent were coho. The best action remains to the north of the harbor, and in water about 150 feet deep.