Fishing

Fishing report for Dec. 8

Blackmouth are biting in the South Sound if you’re willing to put in the work.
Blackmouth are biting in the South Sound if you’re willing to put in the work. jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

SALT WATER

South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff reports salmon fishing is slow and pressure is light thanks to nasty weather. Catching blackmouth requires putting in some work. Trolling and patience is the best approach. Crabbing has picked up recently, with the best luck coming in 50-150 feet of water in areas such as Quartermaster Harbor and near Dash and Browns points.

North Sound: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says the weather and fishing have been poor. Some fish are biting in the Saratoga Passage and San Juan Islands.

Squidding: Squidding isn’t as hot as it was last month in the South Sound, but action is still decent, according to Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff. Up north, Chamberlain says the action is still some of the best he’s seen.

RIVERS

Carbon: Closed to salmon fishing but open for catch-and-release. Anglers can keep two hatchery steelhead.

Cowlitz: A count by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife last week showed 13 boat anglers caught one winter-run steelhead, two adult fall chinook and released one wild winter-run steelhead. More anglers (73) fished from the bank and caught 15 fish. Coho were caught at the barrier dam while steelhead were found near the trout hatchery. Cutthroat were in both areas, according to the report.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 300 coho adults, 230 jacks, one fall chinook adult, three summer-run steelhead, seven winter-run steelhead and 13 cutthroat trout at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. It released 28 coho adults and 29 jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Green: The upper river between Cristy Creek at Flaming Geyser State Park to the water pipeline walk bridge downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam is open through Jan. 31.

Lewis: Last week WDFW surveyed 10 bank anglers on the mainstem. None of the anglers caught fish. On the North Fork, 19 anglers caught three hatchery adult coho, and 15 boat anglers kept five adult chinook and released an adult coho.

Salmon Creek: Anglers are catching steelhead on this Clark County creek, according to the WDFW.

Skykomish: Not on fire, but not bad. That’s how Chamberlain describes the fishing for steelhead here. The Reiter Pond area has been the best option, but Chamberlain expects rain to have this river out of shape soon, “if it’s not already.” He suspects it will be OK by the weekend.

Tilton: Last week, Tacoma Power released 85 coho adults, 117 jacks, one fall Chinook adult, 10 cutthroat trout and one winter-run steelhead at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

LAKES

American: Not many anglers are heading out because of the weather. A few try the dock, but they don’t stay long, said David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse.

Cady: Trout have been biting.

Thurston County: Offut and Long lakes were stocked with 1,808 and 1,000 rainbow trout, respectively, on Nov. 23, making them the most recently stocked lakes in the South Sound, according to WDFW records.

Klineline Pond: Anglers were doing well in the swimming area of this Clark County fishing hole. A WDFW survey last week showed 13 bank anglers kept 14 rainbows.

Scanewa: Last week, Tacoma Power released 71 coho adults, 84 jacks, three cutthroat trout and one winter-run steelhead.

Washington: Cutthroat fishing has been good for the few anglers willing to head out in poor weather.

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