SOUTH SOUND: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports salmon fishing in the area is slow with few anglers hitting the water. Patience is the key. Blackmouth are biting occasionally, but coho fishing is all but finished. Crabbing is slow, so consider soaking your pots a little longer than usual. Squidding continues to be very good on area docks.
NORTH SOUND: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) is closed. Beginning at 12:01 a.m.Wednesday (Oct. 28), anglers in Marine Area 10 will be able to keep two chum salmon. The area was closed Oct. 19 to all salmon fishing. Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says squidding is “the hottest it’s been in many, many years.”
GRAYS HARBOR: The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the early closure Monday of the harbor and its tributaries. The closure is an effort to protect coho salmon. Returns are significantly lower than forecasts, said Steve Thiesfeld, regional fish program manager. “With such a low return, we need to take this step now to help us reach spawning goals and other conservation objectives,” he said.
Saturday is the final day of the lowland lakes fishing season.
ANGLE: This lake in King County was stocked with 3,500 trout last week.
CARLISLE: This Lewis County lake was stocked with 85 rainbow trout last week.
DEEP: The state stocked this King County lake with 3,500 trout last week.
FENWICK: This lake near Kent was stocked last week with 1,500 trout.
ST. CLAIR: Stocked last week with 6,850 trout.
TANWAX: Perch and crappie are biting. Fishing on the lake closes Saturday.
VANCE CREEK POND: Stocked last week with 4,800 trout.
GOODWIN: Anglers putting in the time to make the trip to Snohomish County are catching rainbows up to 20 inches.
LONE: This Whidbey Island lake is proving to be a hot spot for fly-fishermen. Catching 10-20 fish in a day has not been uncommon lately, Chamberlain said.
WASHINGTON: Perch fishing has been good. Chamberlain said the action has moved to deeper water. Search for schools at a depth of about 50 feet.
EASTERN WASHINGTON: Troll the Barrens and Trench for lake trout on Lake Chelan, says Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Guide Service. Bank fishing and trolling work for landing rainbows on Roses Lake.
CARBON: Worth trying, says a staffer at Auburn Sports and Marine. Conditions seem good for fishing with several anglers trying this river. Some have had luck with eggs and using a twitching technique.
COLUMBIA: The state reports, “Anglers continue to have the best success in the gorge, where boat anglers averaged 2.35 fall chinook and .12 coho caught per boat, and the bank anglers averaged .27 fall chinook per angler. In Troutdale, Oregon, boat anglers averaged .04 fall chinook per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Tongue Point area averaged .27 fall chinook and .13 coho per boat.” Walleye angling is fair near Troutdale.
COWLITZ: Tacoma Power last week recovered 984 fall chinook adults, 51 jacks, 873 coho adults, 1084 jacks, 40 summer-run steelhead and six cutthroat trout. It released 451 fall chinook adults, 20 jacks, 43 coho adults and 171 jacks near Packwood.
GREEN: “Desolate” has been used to describe the pressure on this river. The action is slow.
METHOW: Steelhead are biting often enough to make this river worth the trip to north central Washington for some west side anglers.
OLYMPIC PENINSULA: Anglers are doing OK on the Quillayute system. Recent rain might improve fishing on other rivers.
PUYALLUP: Action has been slow, and anglers seem to be favoring the Carbon.
TILTON: Tacoma Power last week released 353 fall chinook adults, 23 jacks, 550 coho adults and 811 jacks at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.