Fishing report for Jan. 6


Most rivers on the west side of the state are neither fishable nor safe after the rain earlier this week. Many river flows measured Tuesday morning were three to four times normal for this time of year. While flows are on the decline, conditions will likely be poor until this weekend. If you do want to venture out, be wary of fast flows and debris coming downstream.

COWLITZ: Steelhead fishing slowed a bit last week, especially for bank anglers.

NISQUALLY: Anglers are reminded fishing for all species will be closed from Tuesday (Jan. 6) through Jan. 31. With the chum run lower than forecast, both the state and Nisqually Tribe are closing their fisheries.

OLYMPIC COAST: Before the storm hit, the steelhead action was pretty good on the Calawah and Sol Duc, fair on the Bogachiel and slow on the Hoh. Flows on the Hoh were at 8,070 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning, after reaching almost 25,000 cfs Monday.

YAKIMA: The rain also has impacted the east side of the state. The river is unfishable but could be back in shape in time for the weekend.


HARTS: Those few anglers braving the cold are catching some rainbow trout. Those fishing from the dock are using yellow or pink Power Eggs.

OFFUT: Pressure has been very light because of the rain and cold. An occasional limit of trout is being caught. Many of the trout are weighing 1-2 pounds. Try floating a bit of a night crawler off the bottom with PowerBait.

PASS: Fly-fishing has been off and on, in large part because of the cold weather. Anglers are catching rainbow and brown trout, some measuring up to 18 inches.

RUFUS WOODS: Fishing for triploid rainbow trout has been very good. Look for the fish holding on the drop-off next to deep water. Some anglers reported having success using tube jigs in chartreuse and white.

WASHINGTON: Perch fishing has been good to very good. One angler reported fishing off Renton in water about 70 feet deep. While the average size has been 8-9 inches, some are approaching 12 inches long. A few cutthroat trout also are being caught.


FLY-FISHING: The action for sea-run cutthroat trout remains very good. The best action has been off rocky beaches in the Olympia and Tacoma areas. People also are hooking some resident coho, but those fish seem scattered rather than in schools.

NORTH SOUND: Anglers fishing out of Anacortes and Bellingham continue to have the best luck for salmon.

SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing is slow in the Olympia area. Point Gibson, Green Point and the mouth of Wollochet Bay are producing a few hatchery blackmouth. Try trolling in water 120-150 feet deep. Salmon fishing in Tacoma waters is closed. The squid action remains good for people jigging from local docks.