Fishing report for Oct. 31


LOWLAND LAKES: Anglers need to check the regulations to make sure their favorite lowland trout lake is still open. A number of lakes closed for the season Friday (Oct. 31). You can check which lakes are still open at

BEAVER: This lake near Issaquah will be stocked with almost 2,400 rainbow trout weighing an average of 3 pounds each. The lake is scheduled to be stocked Wednesday. To allow the stocking, the lake will close at sunset Tuesday and reopen at sunrise Thursday.

POTHOLES: There are plenty of limits of walleye being caught. Swim baits 4-6 inches long are effective when fished along the face of O’Sullivan Dam as well as docks. Crappie, perch and bass fishing also has been good.

RATTLESNAKE: Trout fishing has been very good since the lake was stocked. Gear anglers are having success with spinners and spoons.


CLAM DIG: The state has approved the next dig for razor clams, scheduled to start Tuesday. Diggers should note that with the change early Sunday to Pacific Standard Time, there will be less daylight for digging. Here is the schedule: Tuesday, 4:26 p.m., minus-0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Wednesday, 5:14 p.m., minus-0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Thursday, 5:59 p.m., minus-1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Friday, 6:42 p.m., minus-1.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Nov. 8, 7:24 p.m., minus-1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Nov. 9, 8:05 p.m., minus-0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Nov. 10, 8:47 p.m., minus-0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; and Nov. 11, 9:31 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

NORTH SOUND: The 2014 Resurrection Derby will be held Dec. 5-6 at Friday Harbor. The entry fee is $400 per boat and will be limited to 100 boats. For more information, go to

SOUTH SOUND: The best salmon action has been chum being caught in the Olympia area. A few coho and blackmouth are being caught from the slag pile to Point Defiance in Tacoma. Jigging for squid has been best when the high tide occurs at dusk.

WESTPORT: If you want a saltwater fix, head to the boat basin, where people are still catching coho. Some of the fish are topping 10 pounds.


COWLITZ: The coho action has been very good. Drift-fishing with eggs, or under a bobber, has been very effective. People also are having luck using jigs, plugs and spinners.

HUMPTULIPS: Coho fishing has been fair to good. Most people are using Nos. 4 or 5 Vibrax spinners, while others are using jigs or Wiggle Wart-type plugs.

OLYMPIC COAST: The action for coho has been best in the Quileute River system, especially the Sol Duc. The Hoh has been blown out off and on recently. In the high water, large plugs such as size 13-15 Kwik Fish have been effective.

PUYALLUP: Fishing remains slow, but anglers now have to contend with high water. The flow at Puyallup was 6,190 cubic feet per second, almost three times the average flow for this time of year.

YAKIMA: Trout fishing remains good, with hatches of October caddis, plus small blue wing olives and cahills when conditions are right. Try using size 18 flies, whether you are using nymphs or dry flies.