Fishing

Fishing report for Sept. 4

People in all four ocean marine areas can now keep wild and hatchery coho. The rule change took effect Friday (Sept. 4).
People in all four ocean marine areas can now keep wild and hatchery coho. The rule change took effect Friday (Sept. 4). Staff file, 2014

▪ Ocean anglers can keep wild and hatchery coho.

▪ Lakes are cooling, meaning trout are beginning to bite.

▪ River fishing remains very good for salmon.

LAKES

MINERAL: Cooler weather has turned the bite back on. Trout anglers are using worms with a marshmallow fished off the bottom. People who are trolling are having success using a Jack-o-Diamonds Flex-i-Troll.

OFFUT: Water temperature has cooled, and trout are biting again. Night crawlers and Power Eggs have been effective. Perch anglers are having success, with some 2-pound fish being landed. Try using worms under a bobber or fished off the bottom.

POTHOLES: The mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway has been a hot spot for walleye. Bass fishing in the sand dunes has been very good.

SILVER: Trout fishing remains slow because of warm water temperature. Bass fishing has been good, and the crappie action has been good in the evening.

SPANAWAY: People are catching lots of perch off the dock, mostly with worms. Fly-fishers are catching brown trout — some weighing up to 4 pounds — using chironomids or blood worms. The lake will be closed Sept. 12-13 for boat races.

TANWAX: Trout action remains slow, but fishing for bass, crappie, bluegill and perch has been good. People are using worms fished under a bobber, or casting jigs into the lily pads for bass.

RIVERS

CARBON: Anglers are reporting decent catches of chinook and pink salmon since the river opened Tuesday.

GREEN: The river is full of pinks that are more than willing to hit pink jigs, corkies and yarn, or Dick Nite Spoons.

NISQUALLY: The state lifted the afternoon-evening fishing restriction this week.

OLYMPIC COAST: The rain should make fishing good to very good for coho, summer-run steelhead and cutthroat trout.

PUYALLUP: Fishing for pink salmon remains good to very good. Many of the fish are still a bright silver. There also are more coho showing up on anglers’ stringers. Pink corkies and yarn is an effective setup.

SALMON: Recent rain has raised the river level sending hatchery coho upstream, leading Olympic National Park managers to reopen the river to recreational fishing for hatchery salmon. Wild chinook and wild coho must be released. Other emergency closures within the park remain in effect.

YAKIMA: The evening fishing restriction was lifted earlier this week. River flows have dropped this week as the irrigation demands are over for the summer. This is a perfect time to get out and do some wade fishing.

SALT WATER

COASTWIDE: People fishing in all four ocean marine areas can keep wild and hatchery coho. The change took effect Friday. With just 43 percent of the state’s coho quota caught so far, anglers can keep hatchery and wild coho without exceeding conservation objectives for wild salmon. The ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 30 in all four areas.

ILWACO: Salmon fishing has been very good. Anglers were averaging 1.25 salmon a person recently, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Anglers on the North Jetty were catching 1.26 fish per rod. Through Aug. 30, people have caught 8,795 chinook and 38,047 coho.

WESTPORT: Wind slowed things early this week, but the salmon action has been good. Anglers were averaging 1.41 salmon per person. Charter boats have been running north toward Ocean Shores to find chinook weighing 15-22 pounds. Through Aug. 30, people have caught 15,689 chinook and 22,527 coho.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg, MarDon Resort; state Department of Fish and Wildlife; washingtonlakes.com; Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters; Westport Charter Boat Association; Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse; Doreen Douglas, Mineral Lake Resort; Rainbow RV Resort; Becky Pogue, Offut Lake Resort; Bill Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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