Fishing report for Dec. 11

Forecasts aren’t promising for the smelt dipping season.
Forecasts aren’t promising for the smelt dipping season. News Tribune file photo


Olympic Peninsula: Mike Harry of Auburn Sports and Marine drove the entire peninsula this week looking for a place to fish. He didn’t have any luck. “It’s unbelievable,” Harry said. “There’s nothing.” His best guess is that rivers might be fishable sometime the middle of next week.

Columbia: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says preliminary counts indicate the fall chinook run was 1.4 million fish, the most since 1962. The outlook for 2016 released earlier this week predicts an above-average year. Odds are slim of significant recreational smelt dipping this season, according to Washington and Oregon fishery managers.

Cowlitz: Before this week’s heavy rain, coho were biting near the barrier dam and steelhead could be caught near the trout hatchery.

Green: Harry says this river, like most around the region, is in no shape for fishing.

Skykomish: The Reiter Pond area was producing decent fishing before this week’s rain storms.


American: Nasty weather has kept most anglers away.

Offut: Stocked late last month with 1,808 rainbow trout.

Washington: Anglers who have braved the weather have been rewarded with solid cutthroat fishing.

Potholes: MarDon Resort reports, “Walleye fishers continue to report limits primarily using blade baits. The Lind Coulee Arm of Potholes Reservoir, Medicare Beach and especially ‘jigging’ the face of the sand dunes. Corral Lake has been producing rainbow to 20 inches for bank fishermen.”


South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff reports salmon fishing is slow with light pressure because of wind and rain. For the best results, try trolling with flash and spoon or hoochie at a depth of 120-150 feet. Crabbing has been fair, but give pots plenty of time to soak.

North Sound: Not many anglers on the water because of the poor weather. Some fish have been caught in Saratoga Passage, and the San Juan Islands have been good for a few bites.

Squidding: Squid fishing from the South Sound to Edmonds has been good this year. The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff expects action to wane after a few more weeks.

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