Fishing report for Oct. 6

Deckhand Peter Samuelson holds a hatchery coho salmon caught during a day of fishing on the charter fishing boat Freedom out of Westport, Wash., on June 22, 2014.
Deckhand Peter Samuelson holds a hatchery coho salmon caught during a day of fishing on the charter fishing boat Freedom out of Westport, Wash., on June 22, 2014. Staff writer

▪ Anglers set record for fall chinook kept on Columbia

▪ Fish are still biting in local lakes, but not as frequently

▪ Puget Sound coho fishing near shoreline still good


AMERICAN: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse said the action has been slow despite the good weather.

RIFFE: Action has been slow lately.

SPENCER: This Mason County lake was stocked last week with 4,400 trout.

SCANEWA: The reservoir was drawn down to original river levels as the Tacoma Power builds a fish collector at the Cowlitz Falls Dam. The reservoir is scheduled to begin refilling Oct. 19.

TANWAX: The Rainbow Resort reports the fish are still biting. Use worms and jigs to catch bass; maggots and jigs to catch crappie. and PowerBait and worms to land trout. Trout bites aren’t abundant right now, but the fish are large.

KING COUNTY: Beaver Lake near Issaquah is due to be stocked with 2,500 trout later this month.

CHELAN: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Guide Service said, “What continues (to be) hot is trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan. The bar early in the morning can provide that big-fish bonus. Heating up is fishing Mill Bay and other near-shore areas for rainbow trout.”

POTHOLES: Anglers are still regularly limiting on walleye. Crappie fishing is also good.


CARBON: Slow overall, but some anglers are catching pink salmon and coho.

COLUMBIA: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that last week on the lower Columbia, anglers made 7,200 trips and caught almost 3,000 adult chinook. The gorge and the area around the mouth of the Lewis River have been productive. The estimated 37,262 adult fall chinook kept to date is a new (since at least 1969). The previous record was 31,879 in 2013. The fall salmon season is open, but white sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam. “Walleye angling is excellent in Troutdale,” says a WDFW report.

COWLITZ: Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 98 summer-run steelhead, two spring chinook adults, one jack, 727 fall chinook adults, 91 jacks, 196 coho adults, 249 jacks and 10 cutthroat trout.

CISPUS: Last week, Tacoma Power released 17 spring chinook adults and eight coho adults near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek,

OLYMPIC COAST: Fishing has been inconsistent.

PUYALLUP: Pinks and coho are still biting, but action has been slow. The river is closed through Wednesday between the 11th Street Bridge and Freeman Road.

TILTON: Last week at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park, Tacoma Power released 337 fall chinook adults, 49 jacks, with 30 coho adults, 213 jacks and two cutthroat trout.


SOUTH SOUND: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports seeing anglers catching larger coho in recent days. The best spot continues to be close to the shoreline.

CRABBING: Much of Puget Sound is opening to crabbing. Crabbing is decent in the South Sound for those putting in the work, reports the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff.

STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA: Creel samples at boat ramps from Sekiu to Port Angeles show anglers are catching more than a coho a person. The biggest numbers of fish caught have been in the Port Angeles area.