Fishing

Fishing report for Oct. 23

The fishing for chinook salmon has been improving on the Humptulips River.
The fishing for chinook salmon has been improving on the Humptulips River. Staff file, 2008

LAKES

AMERICAN: A few trout and kokanee are being caught. Kokanee seem to be holding between 20-30 feet deep, and are hitting pink hoochies tipped with corn. Rainbow trout are holding closer to the surface now that the water has cooled.

LENICE: Trout fishing has been fair. Look for the fish holding 10-15 feet down above weed beds. Size 14 callibaetis nymphs have been effective.

POTHOLES: Walleye anglers are catching their limits. Some reports indicate the fish are 25-35 feet deep, and people are trolling with bottom bouncers and spinners or side planers.

SILVER: Anglers are having a lot of success for crappie and yellow perch. Most are using crappie jigs, worms and flies. Bass fishing has been good as well. The water is still on the warm side for the trout to be active.

TANWAX: Trout action remains slow, but worms are producing some rainbow weighing 2 pounds. People are catching plenty of crappie and perch. Crappie jigs tipped with maggots and worms have been effective baits.

RIVERS

CHEHALIS: Plenty of coho are being caught, including a number of limits, from the Satsop downstream through Aberdeen. Most anglers are twitching jigs or casting spinners.

HUMPTULIPS: The action has been good and continues to improve. People are catching chinook, coho and chum salmon.

OLYMPIC COAST: Fishing has been better after the area receives some rain. The Bogachiel has been a good choice for salmon fishing. Fly-anglers are using small, dark patterns when the water is low and clear.

1,181,100 That is the estimated number of fall chinook expected to return to the Columbia River this fall. That is 128 percent of the preseason projection.

PUYALLUP: A few bright coho are still being caught, but the action is fair at best. Anglers are having some success using eggs and yarn, or corkies and yarn.

YAKIMA: Warm weather in Central Washington has the fish still spread out in the river. Start working the shallow edges, and then move toward the deeper water. Streamers, such as small Woolly Buggers, have been fairly effective, as have blue wing olives, midges and tan caddis.

SALT WATER

NORTH SOUND: Coho fishing is good from Port Angeles to Point Wilson at Port Townsend, as well as off Sekiu. Anglers are using white hoochies tied behind a green glow flasher to hook fish at Possession Bar.

SOUTH SOUND: The coho action has been a bit slow, but people are still hooking fish along the Gig Harbor and Dash Point shorelines. Chum salmon are starting to show in the Gig Harbor area. For some very good squid action, hit the Les Davis, Point Defiance (it is closed when the tackle shop closes) and Dash Point pier on a high tide at night. Crabbing has been fair.

WESTPORT: The action overall has been slow for coho in the marina, but people are still catching some nicely-sized fish. Some anglers are using herring under a float and casting in front of moving fish. Others are using chartreuse or pink jigs. People willing to make the run are still catching plenty of tuna, some weighing up to 35 pounds.

Contributors: Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, salmonuniversity.com, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Point Defiance Boathouse, northwestfishingreports.com, steelheaduniversity.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Jim Kerr of Rain Coast Guides, The Evening Hatch, Amy Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort, Rainbow RV Resort.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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