Fishing report for Sept. 26


BLACK: The trout fishing has improved here and at other lakes in the Olympia area. Fly anglers are using Woolly Buggers, dragonflies, adult damsel flies and caddis patterns.

CHELAN: The lake trout action has been best trolling the Barrens and the Trench. Look for fish from 130-185 feet deep early in the day, then 185-245 feet later in the day. Keep your gear within 3-5 feet of the bottom, and keep the boat speed around 1.2 mph.

POTHOLES: The fishing is excellent, described as the best in decades. The yellow perch fishing action is very good. Walleye anglers are consistently landing 25-inch fish from the sand dunes, Goose Island and Medicare Beach. Limits of crappie are being caught off docks.

RATTLESNAKE: The trout seem to be moving up higher in the water column. Fish with nymphs, Woolly Buggers or leeches abour 5-10 feet down, then watch for hatches midday.

SEEP LAKES: Plenty of fish are coming out of Soda, Crescent and Long lakes. Corral Lake and the Goose lakes on the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge are fishing well, but they close at the end of the month.


COWLITZ: The steelhead fishing continues to be good throughout the river, but especially at Blue Creek. Side-drifting with eggs has been the most effective method. The salmon fishing has been better in the lower river.

GREEN: The action has slowed down a bit. Most people are reporting catching a coho on each outing. Anglers free-drifting eggs have been having success.

NISQUALLY: Action has been slow. Also, anglers must release all chinook salmon. Fishing also is closed from 100 yards downstream to 100 yards upstream of the mouths of Clear and Kalama creeks.

OLYMPIC PENINSULA: A portion of the Hoh and South Fork Hoh rivers will close at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The Hoh will be closed from Morgan’s Crossing boat launch upstream to the Olympic National Park boundary, while the South Fork Hoh River outside the park will be closed. The closure, in effect until Oct. 15, is to protect spring/ summer chinook that are spawning in the upper river.

YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been good to very good. Most of the action has been on stonefly and October caddis patterns.


FLY FISHING: The coho are late coming in, but the action is starting to pick up. People have been catching fish off Dash and Browns points, and the action has been very good at Point No Point. Try small baitfish patterns such as a pink Clouser minnow.

SEKIU: The coho action remains very good to excellent. Most people are trolling with hoochies in green or blue, from 30-60 feet down.

SOUTH SOUND: The salmon fishing is slow overall, with some fish being caught north of Browns Point. Anglers fishing from local docks are catching some coho, and there have been squid showing up already. Few anglers have been heading out in the Olympia area, but they are catching some coho; the action has been spread out.

WESTPORT: The coho fishing in the marina is improving, with 25 fish caught one day earlier this week. Cast spinners along the rock edges. Also, this weekend is the third annual Salmon Tales festival. Get details at SalmonTales.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640