Fishing report for Sept. 23


BUOY 10: The coho action has tapered off some since last weekend, but anglers still averaged just under a fish per rod.

CARBON: People are catching coho and chinook in the Orting area. Anglers are using corkies in black or blue, with red yarn.

COWLITZ: The fishing has been fair to good, as people are catching fall chinook and coho from the mouth to the barrier dam.

GREEN: The coho fishing has been fair to good. People are having success fishing the tidal switch in the lower river, using eggs or jigs.

LEWIS: Anglers in boats at the mouth and bank anglers near the salmon hatchery on the North Fork are catching coho and some fall chinook.

NISQUALLY: Using black corkies and yarn is producing some coho. Anglers are reminded they must release all chinook. In addition, fishing is closed from 100 yards downstream to 100 yards upstream of the mouths of Clear and Kalama creeks. The chinook run is well below the preseason forecast, and the change is needed to meet spawning goals at the hatcheries.

TILTON: Last week, 441 fall chinook adults, 33 jacks; 549 coho adults, 53 jacks and two cutthroat trout into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. Another 442 chinook adults and 10 jacks; 72 coho adults and eight jacks were put in the river at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been very good, with the fish hitting dry flies such as a size 10 cranefly or nymphs like a size 16 Deep Six caddis.

Salt water

NORTH SOUND: Gary Hamlin of Marysville topped a field of 1,939 adult anglers, landing an 11.96-pound coho to win the top prize of $10,000 in last weekend’s Everett Coho Derby. Participants brought in 928 coho, which weighed an average of 6.12 pounds.

SOUTH SOUND: Lots of people are heading out, but they are coming back with few salmon. On Sunday, for example, state creel samplers checked 153 anglers in Tacoma and Gig Harbor, and they had brought in just 14 coho. In the Olympia area, very few people are going out, and very few salmon are coming back.

STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA: Fishing for coho has been excellent off Sekiu. The average catch last weekend approached two coho per person. The Port Angeles area remains a coho good spot, even though the action has slowed some. Ace Hi flies in green or blue behind a flasher have been effective.


BANKS: Anglers making the trip to this lake are catching plenty of walleye, just not many large fish. The action has been best in water around 15 feet deep early or late in the day.

CLEAR (Pierce) : The kokanee action remains good to very good. Look for fish about 25-30 feet down. Trolling a gold-and-red Wedding Ring tipped with shoepeg corn behind a flasher has been effective.

DEEP: The trout fishing has been fair, but anglers are catching plenty of small bass and sunfish. For trout, try Power Bait fished off the bottom 3-4 feet.

LENICE: While there are weeds along the shoreline, anglers who can get to the middle of the lake are catching plenty of trout. Hare’s ear nymphs, damselfly nymphs and woolly buggers have been efffective.