American Lake promising for kokanee and trout

Fishing: Alder Lake also heating up for Kokanee, and coastal rivers providing some of state’s best fishing

October 23, 2010 

It's been two weeks since David Anderson has seen an angler reel in a big fish on American Lake, but he believes the lake is primed to yield good catches.

“We’ve been seeing huge splashes,” said Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse. “There is something big down there.”

On Oct. 7, a fisherman caught a 5-pound rainbow trout, but the action has been slow of late.

“If I was fishing, I would drag a fly or a lure on the surface while just rowing,” Anderson said.

While Anderson says there are more big rainbows to be had, the kokanee and perch fishing is starting to heat up.

“There are very good possibilities out there,” Anderson said.


Alder: Len Throop of Eatonville Outdoor says kokanee fishing has been hot at Alder this week. “The kokanee are good size and close to shore as they are in their ‘spawning mode,’ ” Throop said via e-mail. “People are using spoons or spinners to catch fish.” He says the boat launch at Alder Park is a good place to fish.

Tanwax: The staff at Rainbow Resort says there are still fish to catch as the end of the lake fishing season approaches on Oct. 31. Trout and bass fishing are good. Try trolling with a Wedding Ring and worm or use Power Bait off the dock.

Mayfield: The Fish Country staff recommends using red or orange Power Eggs with worms just off the bottom of the lake if you want to land trout.

Riffe: The action continues to be slow.

Washington: This is the best place to go for perch and cutthroat fishing, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. Try fishing at a depth of 35 feet, he said.

Chelan: Fishing is in transition with mature fish spawning and more challenging to catch, said Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service. The action is best near the nursery.


Coastal rivers: The Hoh, Humptulips and Quillayute rivers have offered some of the best river fishing in the state in recent days.

Columbia: The upper river has offered solid steelhead fishing.

Cowlitz: The staff at Fish Country Inc. in Ethel says this is a good place to try for coho and cutthroat. Try using shrimp and eggs for coho or red corky and night crawlers for cutthroat.

Tilton: Fishing has been good near Morton.

Kalama: Wayne Orzel of Pritchard’s Western Angler says the river is in good shape, especially for fly fishing.

Stillaguamish: Fly-fishing has been hit and miss.

Skagit: Silvers are biting but the action isn’t exactly hot.


Tacoma: Fishing continues to be slow, but the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff suggests trolling with flasher and hoochie if you want to try for chum.

South Sound: Fishing is slow here, too. A staffer at Zittel’s Johnson Point Marina said she hasn’t seen anybody come back with fish lately.

North Sound: If you want to try for squid the waters around Edmonds are a good place to go.

Craig Hill: 253-597-8497

The Olympian is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service