Fishing

Fishing report for Sept. 19

Rivers

COWLITZ: People are reporting some good catches of summer-run steelhead at Blue Creek. Side drifting with eggs has been the most effective method. A few chinook and coho are being caught as well.

HUMPTULIPS: Despite the water level being extremely low, people are catching chinook and a few coho. With the fish spooky because of water conditions, use smaller bait, clear floats and florocarbon leaders.

PUYALLUP: People are catching some coho, but the action would be best described as fair right now.

SKOKOMISH: It will be crowded, but that’s because there are plenty of coho entering the river right now.

SNOHOMISH: More coho are moving into the system, but don’t seem to be holding in one spot for very long. Try casting Dick Nite spoons, plugs or small spinners.

YAKIMA: The stonefly hatch has been at its peak this week. If the days are warm, the best action has been in the evening. If it is cold at night, the hatch has been mid-day. October caddis also are hatching.

Salt water

NORTH SOUND: The coho fishing has been very good in the Port Angeles area, with most people bringing home limits. There are good reports of coho being caught from West Point north to the Edmonds area to Possession Bar. Fish have been found 30-50 feet early in the day, then 70-90 feet later.

OCEAN AREAS: The state shut down the season off Westport on Friday, as the total salmon catch neared the quota. Fishing there was some of the best in the last 15 years or so. Salmon fishing in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) will close Sunday, as will areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay).

SOUTH SOUND: The best action for coho has been along the eastside of Vashon Island, including off Redondo and Browns Point. Most people are trolling 40-60 feet down with a flasher and a Coho Killer or Kingfisher Lite. The fishing in the Olympia area remains slow.

Lakes

CLEAR (Pierce) : Trolling with an egg-tipped pink Wedding Ring has been effective for catching kokanee and rainbow trout.

MINERAL: The pressure has been light, but the trout fishing has improved. A worm fished with a marshmallow on a 3- to 4-foot leader has been effective. Anglers should remember, the lake closes for the season Sept. 30.

OFFUT: Cooler water temperatures have the trout more active and biting. Fish a combination of Power Bait and a worm 3-4 feet off the bottom. The bass and perch action remain good.

SPENCER: The trout action has been fair to good. Try fishing your bait about 3 feet off the bottom, as the fish are starting to move around a bit more.

TAPPS: The smallmouth bass action has been very good, especially on the overcast days. Look for fish holding on the points and deep weed lines, and fish with plastic baits on a drop shot rig.

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