Fishing Report for Dec. 8

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comDecember 8, 2012 

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Free-drifting has been producing steelhead even though water levels remain high. Shore fishing has been best around Blue Creek.

Green: There are still plenty of chum in the river, but the vast majority are very dark. Any kind of gear in green has been producing bites. Steelhead fishing has been slow.

Humptulips: Late coho are starting show up, and fishing has been fair to good. A few steelhead also are being caught. Spinners and plugs have been productive.

Lewis: The river is flowing very high and fast, and fishing is poor.

Minter: Anglers are reporting it looks like the run is over for the year. There are just a few dark chum still in the stream.

Nisqually: The action isn’t great, but people are catching bright chum. The best action has been before high tide with a chartreuse jig fished under a bobber. Some people also said they have caught coho.

Puyallup: Fishing has been slow.

Yakima: Trout fishing has been fair to good, with streamers and nymphs working the best. Look for fish holding in the slow water and along the edges since flows have come up. Try sculpin, brassie and Pat’s stonefly patterns.

LAKES

American: Fishing for rainbow trout has been off and on the past few days. People are still catching a few fish with yellow PowerBait. Some people said the trout they are catching have been in deeper water off the docks.

Offut: People are still catching good-size rainbow trout, but fewer people are catching limits. Fishing PowerBait or Power Eggs on a 2-foot leader off the bottom seems to be working best.

Potholes: Walleye fishing is improving. Anglers are using blade baits fishing the humps off the sand dunes and in the Lind Coulee area. Swim baits are producing large walleye for bank fishers from O’Sullivan Dam and Lind Coulee.

SALT WATER

Beaches: The next razor clam dig will begin Tuesday at Twin Harbors. Here are the opening dates and the time of the evening low tides and the beaches that will be open each day: Tuesday, 4:51 p.m., minus-1.1 ft., Twin Harbors, Wednesday: 5:40 p.m., minus-1.6 ft., Twin Harbors; Thursday, 6:29 p.m., minus-1.9 ft., Twin Harbors; Friday. 7:15 p.m., minus-1.8 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach, Copalis; Dec. 15, 8:01 p.m., minus-1.6 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach, Copalis; and Dec. 16, 8:47 p.m., minus-1.0 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach. No digging will be allowed at any of those beaches until after noon.

Fly-fishing: Beach fishing has been decent for resident coho in the Tacoma Narrows. The fish aren’t big, about 12-14 inches, but there are plenty of them. Try using pink and white or chartreuse and white Clouser minnows and baitfish patterns.

South Sound: The weather has kept most people ashore, and those who have gone out are having some trouble finding fish. One angler reported catching a 15-pound blackmouth off the slag pile. The squid jigging off Tacoma docks has been good. It’s same news in the Olympia area. People are catching a few blackmouth trolling off Lyle Point and Devil’s Head.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure Contributors: Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, gamefishin.com, , state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Mike Zittel at Zittel’s Marina, washingtonlakes.com, Mike Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Mark Coleman of All Rivers & Saltwater Charters, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort and Gig Harbor Fly Shop.

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