Fishing report for Oct. 16

An angler fishes for trout in the Yakima River just east of Cle Elum. The trout fishing has been good in the last week.
An angler fishes for trout in the Yakima River just east of Cle Elum. The trout fishing has been good in the last week. Staff file, 2011


OFFUT: Water temperatures seem to have dropped enough that the trout are becoming more active and feeding. Try still-fishing from a boat or the docks with Power Bait and worms, or Power Eggs.

POTHOLES: The walleye fishing remains excellent, with most anglers catching their limits. Bass anglers are finding fish holding near beaver huts as the reservoir level rises.

SPANAWAY: Few people are on the water, but boat anglers are having increased success. They are bringing in three to four fish apiece. People are trolling with worms. Dock anglers are catching perch.


COLUMBIA: The chinook fishing has been good upstream from the mouth of the Cowlitz River. Above Bonneville Dam, the mouth of the Klickitat River has been a productive spot.

COWLITZ: Bank anglers are catching fall chinook at the barrier dam and steelhead near the trout hatchery. Boat anglers are catching chinook and coho from Castle Rock downstream to the river mouth.

GREEN: Effective Friday, anglers must release coho salmon caught from the river mouth to the mouth of Cristy Creek at Flaming Geyser State Park. In addition, the river is closed to fishing from the creek to the water pipeline walk bridge 0.5-mile downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam. The moves are because broodstock collection at the Soos Creek Hatchery is below its goal. The fishing has been fair to good for coho, with most people drifting eggs.

HUMPTULIPS: The rain a week ago drew some large chinook up the river. The action isn’t great, but the fish are fairly big.

PUYALLUP: The fishing is slow, although a few coho are being caught. Rain this weekend would help bring the river level up. Flows Friday morning, measured at a gauge in Puyallup, were at 1,000 cubic feet per second. The mean flow for that date is 1,770 cfs.

SNOHOMISH: The action overall has been slow, but a few coho are being landed. Plugs seem more effective right now than eggs.

YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been good to very good. Blue wing olives are the dominant hatch right now, so take along nymphs, emergers and dry flies. In the afternoon, look for hatches of orange October caddis.


FLY FISHING: The fishing from beaches has been very good for coho, and the action for coastal cutthroat has been good. Try using bright, smaller attractor flies.

SOUTH SOUND: The salmon fishing has been very slow. Some coho are being caught along the Gig Harbor and Dash Point shorelines. Quartermaster Harbor, Commencement Bay and Dash Point have been popular places for setting crab pots. Jigging for squid at night has been very good on local docks. The pressure has been very light in Olympia.

STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA: The numbers have dropped, in terms of people fishing and fish being caught, but the average catch is still more than a coho per person. The action seems a little better in the Sekiu area than in the Port Angeles area.

WESTPORT: Fishing for coho in the marina has slowed down, but the fish that are there are willing biters.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife; Mike Coverdale; Worley Bugger Fly Shop;, Point Defiance Boathouse, Zittel’s Marina,,, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640