Big fish enter coastal rivers

Fishing: Catch off and on elsewhere thanks to stormy weather

March 5, 2011 

Fishing around the area has been slowed by the poor weather. The best reports are coming from the steelhead rivers on the Olympic Coast. On other rivers, the action has been off and on at best. Local lakes are providing some action, for those folks willing to risk the elements.


Columbia: The action has been slow for spring chinook, even though it’s still fairly early. Some fish are being caught off Cathlamet.

Cowlitz: Fishing has been fair for steelhead, said Karen Glaser at Barrier Dam Campground. Most of the action has been from Blue Creek and downstream, but a few fish are being caught near the dam. Anglers are using shrimp and eggs, corkies and yarn or jigs under a bobber. Flows were down to 6,600 cfs Friday.

Kalama: Anglers have been picking up some steelhead at the slab hole, according to several reports.

Olympic Coast: The fishing has been very good. It seems as if more big fish have moved into the rivers this week, said Jim Kerr of Raincoast Guides. For fly anglers, current water levels make conditions good for swinging flies with a spey rod, he said.

Satsop: Fishing has been decent in the last week, which has been attracting plenty of anglers, said Todd Rock at Auburn Sports and Marine.

Wynoochee: Fishing has been off and on, said Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center. The lower river has been best early in the week, with the upper fishing best late in the week. Flows in the upper river have been low.

Yakima: It’s still a nymphing game, but the skwala dry-fly action should really begin late next week. For now, try combinations of stonefly nymphs, Lightning Bugs or San Juan Worms, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop.


Fly-fishing: Beach action has tapered off. There are a few resident coho in the Tacoma Narrows and the sea-run cutthroat trout action has been fair, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. He said the cutthroat fishing should improve in the coming weeks.

Hood Canal: The north end of the canal has been producing some blackmouth. The 29th annual Geoduck Restaurant Salmon Derby takes place today and Sunday. Tickets are $15 per person. The derby is part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series. For details, call the Geoduck Restaurant at 360-796-4430.

South Sound: A few anglers have been out this week, but they’ve been catching just shakers. Try trolling with blue or green flasher, with white hoochies that have some blue or green in them, said Mike Zittel at Zittel’s Marina. He said people have been fishing off Devil’s Head.

Tacoma: Fishing has been slowed by poor weather, although conditions improved late in the week, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Overall, trolling seems to be the best option.


Cady: Fast-sinking lines with white, black or pink leeches are producing good catches of trout.

Munn: The lake continues to fish well, despite the recent cold weather. Anglers are fishing chironomids with an indicator on a long leader and floating line or leeches on sinking lines, Srivastava said.

Offut: The few anglers giving it a try are catching some rainbow trout, said a staffer at Offut Lake Resort. The lake was stocked early this week with 1,100 2-year-old cutthroat trout, weighing about 11/2 pounds.

Spanaway: Fishing has been fair to good for brown trout, some measuring 17 to 20 inches. Fishing has been best during the early afternoon, said Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse. Still-fishing with PowerBait has been the best method to try. Dock fishing has been slow.

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