Fishing report for Sept. 11

The coho fishing in the ocean off Ilwaco and Westport has been very good.
The coho fishing in the ocean off Ilwaco and Westport has been very good. Staff file, 2007

▪ Salmon fishing very good off Ilwaco, Westport.

▪ Harts Lake is producing some large catfish.

▪ Look for chinook off Tolmie State Park.


CLEAR (Pierce): People are catching some kokanee. Look for the fish holding in about 45-55 feet of water. Trolling a gold lure tipped with corn behind a dodger has been effective.

HARTS: People are catching plenty of large catfish, some weighing 25-30 pounds. Most people are using night crawlers or chicken livers. The largemouth bass action has improved, as has the action for crappie.

OFFUT: Bass and perch are still biting well, and the trout bite has picked up. Night crawlers have been the most popular bait because they work for all the fish. People are trolling with spinners for trout.

POTHOLES: Walleye action remains very good. People are trolling with spinners tipped with night crawlers. Warmer temperatures also has improved the fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill.

SPANAWAY: Few anglers have been on the lake, but people are catching some perch. Dock fishing has been slow. The lake will be closed to fishing and boating Saturday and Sunday because of boat races.


COLUMBIA: The 5,928 adult summer chinook kept during the lower mainstem sport fishery this year is the largest catch since at least 1965. The previous record was 5,160 fish in 2011.

COWLITZ: Anglers are reporting good success catching chinook in the lower river. Most have been side-drifting with eggs or shrimp.

OLYMPIC COAST: Fly-anglers are hooking some coho, summer-run steelhead and cutthroat trout. Stripping streamers and/or drifting large foam dry flies have been good techniques.

PUYALLUP: The action has slowed down considerably. People are still catching chinook, coho and pinks, but just not at the rate they were a week ago.

YAKIMA: Small nymphs have been producing the most strikes. Trying us a black size 18 WD-40, black-olive zebra midge or red brassie. Also try October caddis pupae and then adult dry flies in the afternoon.


ILWACO: Since the fishery switched to nonselective for coho, the average catch rate has been about 1.45 fish a person. That is double what it was when anglers could keep only hatchery fish.

SOUTH SOUND: People are starting to catch blackmouth (immature chinook salmon) off the clay banks and Point Dalco in water 120-160 feet deep. In Colvos Passage, from the Girl Scout camp to Gig Harbor, people are catching coho and pink salmon. The action around Olympia has slowed a bit. The best action has been in the Nisqually area. People are catching some chinook weighing between 8-20 pounds, with trolling working best near Tolmie State Park and Marker No. 3.

WESTPORT: Salmon have been found from the Grays Harbor buoy south to the entrance of Willapa Bay. Look for fish in about 120 feet of water. People trolling have been having success with 3.5- and 4-inch spoons in Irish cream and cookies and cream colors. The catch rate was 1.68 fish a person after anglers were allowed to keep hatchery and wild coho.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort,,, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Zittel’s Marina, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Harts Lake Resort and Deli, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640