FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comSeptember 22, 2012 

RIVERS

Green: Fishing has slowed in recent days, although some fish are being caught here and there. Try floating eggs under a bobber or casting a spinner.

Lewis: Bouncing eggs along the bottom or fishing them under a bobber are producing some salmon, but not in large numbers.

Nisqually: The action has slowed in recent days. Anglers are catching a few dark chinook, but not much else.

North Sound: The Skagit and Skykomish are slow overall, although a few dark chinook are being hooked.

Puyallup: Fishing has been slow in the latter part of the week. Low water levels are being blamed.

Skokomish: The river is producing a fair number of coho, and a chum salmon here and there. Eggs seem to be the best bait to use right now.

Yakima: Dry-fly action has been fair to good, and is best in the low light of early morning and evening. When the action slows, run a stonefly nymph trailed by a smaller nymph through the foam lines.

LAKES

Black: The action remains on the slow side. Trout anglers should try slowly trolling a Ford Fender with a worm-tipped Wedding Ring.

Kapowsin: The action for largemouth bass has been very good lately. People are catching some big fish. An angler warned that with the water level being down, boaters should be wary of stumps.

Leech: Anglers are catching brook trout on size 10 olive or tan Callibaetis nymphs. Midges and small chironomids also have been productive.

Lenice: This popular early-season lake is still producing good catches of rainbow trout. Look for mayflies hatching in the morning, and then damsel flies through the heat of the day.

Potholes: Fishing for yellow perch has been very good, with fish all over the reservoir. Try fishing off Medicare Beach in water about 20 feet deep, trolling a spinner and a night crawler or still-fishing with lead on the bottom and two hooks baited with night crawlers.

SALT WATER

Ilwaco: The action has slowed, with anglers averaging just .50 fish per person last week. The majority of fish caught were coho. Salmon fishing remains open until Sept. 30.

North Sound: Coho fishing remains very good throughout the area. People are using Ace-Hi flies and hoochies behind green flashers. Hot spots include Shilshole Bay and off Edmonds.

South Sound: Coho fishing has been very good in the waters around Tacoma, the best it has been in a long time. In the morning, the fish seem to be holding about 30-50 feet down, then dropping to 70-150 feet later in the day. People are having success using just about everything, including spoons, hoochies, flies and plugs.

Westport: Salmon fishing last week was the best it has been all season, it terms of average catch. Anglers took home 1.10 fish per person, thanks in part to a change in the coho catch limit. Unfortunately, the season ends Sunday, as it does off La Push and Neah Bay.

Contributing were: Gamefishin.com, The Evening Hatch, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Washingtonlakes.com, Salmon Shores Resort, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort and Washingtonflyfishing.com. jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com 253-597-8640 blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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