Fishing report for Oct. 20

Coho are still biting in South Sound and rivers.
Coho are still biting in South Sound and rivers. Staff writer


AMERICAN: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse said the action is pretty slow. “I think there are fish there, but you can’t catch them if you don’t put a line in the water,” Anderson said.

BRADLEY: Scheduled to be stocked with 100 fish this month.

DRANO: Boat anglers are averaging 1.5 fish per rod, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Chinook are also biting for bank anglers.

HARTS: Scheduled to be stocked with 350 fish this month.

MUNN: Due to be stocked with 500 fish this month

KAPOWSIN: Scheduled to be stocked with 625 fish this month.

SCANEWA: Drawn down to original river levels so Tacoma Power can build a fish ladder. Refilling is scheduled to begin Thursday.

ST. CLAIR: Scheduled to be stocked with 16,000 fish Oct. 26-30.

TANWAX: Head out in the morning or evening for solid crappie and perch fishing. Trout fishing has been slow. The season here ends Oct. 31.

POTHOLES: Still worth the trip if you want a good shot at landing plenty of walleye.


CARBON: Multiple reports indicate coho are still biting even though the action isn’t particularly hot.

COLUMBIA: Boat anglers in the Washougal-Camas area are averaging 1.5 walleye per rod. Chinook are still biting upstream from the Cowlitz, with the best success in the Woodland area. Some legal sturgeon were released by boat anglers near Kalama. Walleye angling is fair near Troutdale, Oregon.

COWLITZ: Boat anglers near the mouth are catching coho, but action is slow elsewhere. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,226 fall chinook adults, 78 jacks, 743 coho adults, 753 jacks, 122 summer-run steelhead, 11 cutthroat trout, two pink salmon and one sockeye. It released 417 fall chinook adults, 40 jacks, 50 coho adults and 105 coho jacks in the river near Packwood. The pink salmon and sockeye were released downstream of the Barrier Dam boat launch.

KALAMA: More anglers are trying, and more fish are biting. Summer-run steelhead, fall chinook and coho are biting.

CISPUS: Last week, Tacoma Power released 37 coho adults and 65 jacks near the mouth of Yellowjacket Creek.

GREEN: Anglers must release coho salmon caught between the mouth and Cristy Creek. The river is closed from the creek to the walking bridge a half-mile downstream from the Tacoma Headworks Dam.

LEWIS: Very little effort for steelhead on the East Fork, but anglers are catching chinook, coho and summer-run steelhead in the North Fork.

NORTH SOUND: Portions of the Snohomish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie and Wallace rivers will close to salmon fishing Wednesday (Oct. 21).

TILTON: Last week, Tacoma Power released 708 fall chinook adults, 38 jacks, 334 coho adults, 569 jacks and two cutthroat trout at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

WASHOUGAL: Fall chinook are biting for bank anglers.

YAKIMA: Fly-fishing was yielding trout last week. On the lower river, state sampling of 192 anglers showed they caught 85 adult chinook and one jack. An estimated 888 anglers fished for salmon and caught 411 adult fall chinook and five jacks. Anglers averaged 6.3 hours of fishing per chinook.


SOUTH SOUND: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports that anglers are catching coho, and squidding is still good. The South Sound is also open for crabbing.

STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA: This remains the best area to catch coho headed for Puget Sound rivers. State creel checks over the weekend showed anglers were averaging about 1.25 coho per person. A few chum salmon also are being caught.