Fishing

Fishing report for Sept. 8

▪  Best salmon action has been in the central Puget Sound.

▪  Local river fishing has slowed a bit.

▪  Anglers are hooking plenty of bass in area lakes.

LAKES

AMERICAN: People are catching kokanee, just not at the rate they were earlier this summer. Trolling spoons has been effective. Some of the fish are measuring 17 inches long.

OHOP: People fishing for bass are hooking plenty of largemouth here, just not a lot of large fish.

POTHOLES: The walleye fishing has been good off Medicare Beach and the mouth of Crab Creek. Trolling crankbaits around structure has been effective.

WASHINGTON: Bass anglers have had success recently landing largemouth and smallmouth. Look for fish around 20 feet down. Plastic worms and crawfish in green have been working well.

RIVERS

CARBON: The salmon fishing has been on the slow side.

OLYMPIC COAST: The fishing for chinook has been fair to good. Fishing with eggs under a bobber has been working well, as well as Blue Fox spinners in red or chartreuse.

PUYALLUP: The fishing has slowed down a bit, but people are still catching limits of pinks and a good number of coho. Corkies and yarn in reds, oranges and pinks have been effective.

SKAGIT: The coho fishing has been improving, and people are still catching plenty of pink salmon. Twitching jigs or fishing with eggs under a float have been producing strikes.

YAKIMA: The trout fishing only improves as the water temperatures drop. The river has reached its typical levels for the fall, making for good wading opportunities.

SALT WATER

NORTH SOUND: The coho fishing has been very good in the Everett area, with people averaging more than a half coho per person. That’s a good sign for those taking part in the Edmonds salmon derby Saturday. Anglers are catching almost as many pink salmon as well.

SEKIU: The coho action has been in this area, with anglers averaging more than a coho per person.

SOUTH SOUND: Pink salmon continue to dominate the catch in the Tacoma area, followed by good catches of coho and then a few chinook. Anglers in the Olympia area are catching a few chinook.

WESTPORT: The action for chinook has been very good in recent days, with fish weighing up to 20 pounds. The best action has been 60-80 feet deep off the south beach about five miles from the Gray Harbor mouth. A Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite behind a fish flash has been effective.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, John Keizer of saltpatrol.com, Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com, steelheaduniversity.com.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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