Fishing report for Oct. 7


CHELAN: Trolling the Barrens and the Trench has been producing lake trout. Look for the fish in water 165-205 feet deep early in the day, then close to the bottom at 210-250 feet later in the day. People fishing Mill Bay and other near-shore areas are landing rainbow trout averaging 15 inches.

NAHWATZEL: Despite fairly warm water temperatures, the trout fishing has been good. People are catching limits of rainbows trolling off the launch area with Dick Nite spoons.

RATTLESNAKE: There has been some good dry fly action in the afternoons, with many of the fish measuring 13-15 inches. Start with an X-caddis pattern.

SILVER: The crappie action has been excellent, especially in the afternoon and evening. Try using a Henley’s Special fly fished right under the surface or micro-jigs for the crappie. The trout are becoming more active, especially in the evening.

TANWAX: The fishing has been slow, but people are catching yellow perch and crappie early in the morning and evening. Worms or jigs tipped with maggots are working best.


BUOY 10: Anglers fishing off the North Jetty are doing well catching coho, as are boaters around the bridge. There are lots of people on the river right now.

CHEHALIS: The coho action has been good to very good. People are having success using large casting spinners or trolling plugs. Tributaries such as the Satsop and Humptulips also have been fishing well.

COWLITZ: Anglers fishing from boat from the Interstate 5 Bridge downstream are catching mainly coho, while bank anglers at the barrier dam are catching coho and fall chinook. Summer-run steelhead are being caught at the trout hatchery.

GREEN: The early morning action has been good on the Duwamish, which is good news for people hitting the Green later in the day. Drifting eggs seems to be the most effective method right now, but spinners and jigs also are working.

LEWIS: In the North Fork, bank anglers are catching mostly coho and a few fall chinook.

NISQUALLY: The salmon fishing has been very slow for the past week or so.

PUYALLUP: The fishing has been very slow here too.

YAKIMA: Trout anglers are taking advantage of the hatches brought on by the warmer weather. Adult crane flies and mayflies have been effective patterns.


CLAMS: The first razor clam dig of the season remains underway. Here are the low tides: Wednesday, 7:13 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Thursday, 7:58 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Friday, 8:43 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Saturday, 9:28 pm, -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; and Sunday, 10:15 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

FLY FISHING: Beach anglers are catching some resident coho, mainly to the north of Browns Point. You have to be patient and wait for the schools to come by, but some are cruising quite close to shore.

NORTH SOUND: The best coho action has been off Port Angeles, where weekend anglers averaged more than 1.25 coho. On Sunday, for example, state creel samples showed 231 anglers checked at two Port Angeles ramps brought in 323 coho.

SOUTH SOUND: The salmon fishing is still slow, with a handful of coho and chinook being checked at Tacoma-area boat ramps. Anglers are having better success in the northern portion of Marine Area 11, in the Redondo-Des Moines area. The action is even slower around Olympia.