More salmon being caught in Puget Sound, local rivers

FISHING REPORT: Trout angling should heat up with the return of cooler temperatures

September 4, 2010 

There are positive reports throughout the region, with more salmon being caught in Puget Sound and in local rivers. The trout fishing should bounce back with the cooler temperatures.


Fly fishing: This might be the best and last shot at hooking a chinook salmon in Puget Sound. There are a lot of fish pushing down now and the coho are on their heels, said Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. Searun cutthroat trout fishing is very good.

South Sound: The salmon action is picking up, said a staffer at Zittel’s Marina. Try Dana Passage and the green can at the mouth of the Nisqually River, using Buzz Bombs or trolling flashers with hoochies in blues and greens.

Tacoma: The fishing has improved, said a staffer at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Anglers are catching a mix of chinook or coho. Use herring for coho and flashers and hoochies for the chinook. The slag pile has been the hot spot, as well as the Gig Harbor side and Point Dalco.


Carbon: It seems like anglers are hooking some chinook, but are having a hard time landing them. Anglers are using corkies and yarn, fished through the deeper holes. Some fish being caught are topping 20 pounds.

Deschutes: Anglers are catching a lot of trout, but most are small, said Bjorn Beech at the Fly Fisher.

Nisqually: More and more chinook are coming in with each tide, said a staffer at Wholesale Sports.

Puyallup: It seems to be the same story as on the Carbon, the fish are hard to keep on the line. If we get the rain that is in the forecast, it could send more fish into the system. For once, the weather and a holiday weekend might align.


Black: The trout fishing has been slowed by the dog days of summer. Hit the lake early in the morning or late in the day, in part to avoid the other boating traffic.

Capitol: This lake in Olympia has been shut down until further notice. The closure is necessary to prevent the spread of New Zealand mudsnails, an invasive species that has been found in the lake, the state said. Mudsnails are easily transported on shoes, boots, and fishing gear.

Kapowsin: Trout fishing has picked thanks to the cooler nights, said D.J. Erickson at Erickson’s Boat Rentals. Try trolling with worms on a Wedding Ring. The panfish action has been good, but the fish are spread out. Use maggots or worms fished under a bobber.

Merwin: The tiger muskie fishing has been really hot, said local angler Todd Reis. Anglers are landing a lot of fish topping 40 inches long. Reis said he netted a 45-incher that weighed 35 pounds.

Tapps: A lot of muskies are being caught, but they’re not real big, Reis said.

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