Fishing report for Nov. 4


COLUMBIA: The fall chinook run, as of Friday, was 853,133, the second largest since at least 1938. The record was set last year, with a count of 953,222 fall chinook. This year’s jack count was 134,949 through Friday, the third largest since 1938. The record was set in 1986, with 190,233 jack chinook.

COWLITZ: The coho fishing has been very good. Last week, when including released fish, boat anglers averaged 1.4 coho per rod while bank anglers averaged a little more than 0.75 fish per rod.

GREEN: The chum fishing has improved, with some people catching their limits. Fishing with jigs under a float has been working well.

LEWIS: The North Fork has produced some good coho action. Boat anglers averaged an adult coho per rod. Some fall chinook are also being caught.

KENNEDY: The chum action continues to slowly improve. There were 57 anglers checked on Sunday, and they had landed 14 chum.

KLICKITAT: The lower river has been excellent for coho. According to creel samples, bank anglers were averaging nearly three fish per rod, while boat anglers landed two coho per rod.

PUYALLUP: While the river is still high and murky, people are hooking some chum salmon. After the river flow dropped to about 3,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) Monday morning, flows were at 5,370 cfs and climbing 24 hours later.

TILTON: Last week, Tacoma Power employees released 157 fall chinook adults, 11 chinook jacks; 1,014 coho adults, 52 coho jacks; and one cutthroat trout into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

YAKIMA: After the river flow jumped to about 2,000 cfs over the weekend, it has dropped back and has held steady around 1,400 cfs since then. That has given fish time to return to their favorite spots and for the water to clear. If there isn’t too much rain this week, the fishing should be good.


AMERICAN: The lake is still producing some kokanee, just not in the same numbers as earlier this fall. A pink mini-squid trolled behind a pink dodger about 45 feet down has been effective.

LENICE: Anglers willing to make the trip to this eastside lake are being rewarded with good catches of trout. Olive nymphs seem to be the most effective flies, especially when fished on an intermediate sink line.

WASHINGTON: The perch action has been good to very good. Look for schools in water 40-50 feet deep around Mercer Island. People are using worms to start and then switching to perch meat after they’ve caught a few.


FLY FISHING: The action for sea-run cutthroat trout is improving. Effective flies include a squid pattern fished on the surface and olive-and-white Clouser minnows fished along drop-offs. Remember, sea-run cutthroat must be released.

HOOD CANAL: The chum action is heating up at the Hoodsport Hatchery. A state creel sample Saturday showed anglers were averaging more than a chum per person. Any kind of gear in green or chartreuse will work here.

NORTH SOUND: The best salmon action in the Sound has been taking place in the Everett area, based on creel samples. People are catching mostly blackmouth, as well as a few coho and chum.

SOUTH SOUND: The salmon fishing, aside from chums returning to area streams, has been poor.