Fishing

Fishing report for Nov. 6

The fishing for chum salmon in the waters off the Hoodsport hatchery has improved greatly in the last week.
The fishing for chum salmon in the waters off the Hoodsport hatchery has improved greatly in the last week. Staff file, 2008

LAKES

CHELAN: Trolling in the Barrens and the Trench has been producing catches of lake trout. Look for the fish within 3-5 feet of the bottom in water 195-245 feet deep. Glow-in-the-dark Smile Blades have been very effective.

MUNN: The recent weather has slowed fishing, but anglers are still hooking some rainbow trout. Some of the fish are topping the 15-inch mark.

OFFUT: Trout fishing is showing improvement as water temperatures have fallen below 60 degrees. Trolling deep and slow with Wedding Rings tipped with worms has been working, as well as marshmallows and worms fished off the dock.

POTHOLES: Walleye fishing remains very good. Troll with spinners and night crawlers or try using blade baits. The face of the dam has been producing some large bass, with largemouth reaching 5 pounds and smallmouth reaching 4 pounds.

RUFUS WOODS: Better known for producing large rainbow trout, the lake has produced some very good walleye fishing recently. Panther Martin or Rooster Tail spinners have been very effective. Smile Blades with Slow Death hooks tipped with a night crawler also results in hookups. And yes, people also are landing some big trout.

SPANAWAY: There have been few anglers out recently. Dock anglers are catching a few rainbows, fly-anglers are having some success. Perch fishing has been very good, with some measuring up to 12 inches. Worms under a bobber would work for perch.

RIVERS

COLUMBIA: October was a good month to fish the river. The catch of more than 6,300 adult chinook during October in the lower river set the record by more than 4,600 fish. The catch of 1,090 adult chinook in the last five days of the month was higher than the monthly catch in all but three of the past 40 years.

GREEN: Salmon fishing action has been slow, even though anglers are reporting seeing plenty of fish jumping.

KENNEDY: Chum salmon fishing has started but is still not red-hot. Anglers have been averaging more than one chum per person, based on state creel samples. Those number should improve in the coming weeks.

PUYALLUP: The salmon action has been very slow.

ROCKY FORD: While the water level has been up recently, people are still hooking rainbow trout. Small Woolly Bugger, scud and chironomid fly patterns have been productive.

YAKIMA: The river conditions have improved a great deal this week, and so has the fishing. Look for trout holding on the inside of soft seam lines and in slow riffles.

SALT WATER

HOOD CANAL: Chum fishing is rapidly improving at the Hoodsport Hatchery. Some anglers are using small herring about 4 feet under a float, while others are using a green jig. According to a state creel check Sunday, 52 anglers landed 121 chum.

SOUTH SOUND: People are catching some coho along the Dash Point and Gig Harbor shorelines. Look for the fish close to shore. A few chum also are being caught around Gig Harbor. The squid fishing is still very good to excellent off area docks. Crab fishing has been fair.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, Point Defiance Boathouse, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, norhtwestfishingreport.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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