Fishing report for Nov. 14


CARBON: People have been catching some coho. Most people are using jigs, in purple-pink or blue-white.

COWLITZ: The coho bite remains very good, with anglers averaging a fish per person. People also are catching some fall chinook, summer-run steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout.

GREEN: Fishing for chum salmon has improved, although the water level is still a bit high. Look for fish along the golf course in Auburn. Jigs, in purple and blue, fished under a bobber has been effective.

KLICKITAT: Anglers willing to make the trip have been rewarded with very good catches of coho. State creel samples showed bank anglers on the lower river averaged two coho per rod while boat anglers averaged four coho per rod.

LEWIS: The best action has been on the North Fork, where boat anglers averaged better than a coho per rod.

OLYMPIC COAST: Anglers are catching a mix of a few steelhead, some bright coho and a few chinook. The winter-run steelhead should be reaching the systems in greater numbers in the coming week or so.

TILTON: Tacoma Power employees last week released 108 fall-chinook adults, three jacks; 1,321 coho adults, 45 jacks; and 18 cutthroat trout into the river at Gus Backstrom Park in Morton.

YAKIMA: Trout action remains good. People are having success fishing streamers such as Pat’s stoneflies or with nymphs such as olive and black zebra midges.


CLAM DIG: The next razor clam dig is tentatively set to begin Thursday, if marine toxin tests are show clams are safe to eat. Here are the dates, beaches and low tide times: Thursday, 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Friday, 5:45 p.m., minus-0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Nov. 22, 6:24 p.m., minus-0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Nov. 23, 7:05 p.m., minus-1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Nov. 24, 7:47 p.m., minus-1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Nov. 25, 8:32 p.m., minus-0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; and Nov. 26, 9:19 p.m., minus-0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

NORTH SOUND: Winter blackmouth fishing has been good to very good off Double Bluff and Possession Bar. Look for the schools of bait near the bottom, and fish with Irish cream-colored spoons.

SOUTH SOUND: The salmon action remains slow overall, with just a few coho and blackmouth being caught. There are reports of chum being caught on the west side of Vashon Island. The squid action on local docks has been hit or miss. But when the action is on, people are landing some large squid.


AMERICAN: No limits are being reported, but people are still catching kokanee — some reaching 17 inches long. Look for fish in water 15-25 feet deep. Try using a pink mini squid behind a light-colored dodger.

POTHOLES: While weather conditions might not be ideal — think cold — the walleye are starting to congregate along the face of O’Sullivan Dam. Casting blade baits to imitate minnows is very effective this time of year. Some fish will top 10 pounds.