The daily chinook count at Bonneville Dam keeps breaking records. After a record 48,710 fish were counted Saturday, another record fell Monday when 63,870 adult fall chinook were counted. The previous record was 45,884 fish on Sept. 11, 2003.
In reviewing more data, state fish biologist Joe Hymer said Monday’s count might be a record daily tally for all salmonids, not just chinook.
He also said the 475,000 adult fall chinook counted at the dam to date is the third highest on record for the entire run (August-December). Only 2003 (610,000 fish) and 2004 (584,000 fish) had larger runs.
Green: The pink salmon action has been very good in the upper river.Anglers are trying Dick Nite spoons or dark-colored corkies and yarn.
Nisqually: The fishing is not red hot, but anglers are catching a fair number of chinook and pink salmon. Pink corkies and yarn have been effective.
Puyallup: People are catching mostly pinks, with some coho and a few chinook. Don’t forget there are regular closures this month. A warning to anglers, there are online reports of vehicle break-ins. Don’t leave valuables behind.
Yakima: The trout fishing has been good to very good, except when a storm blew out the lower canyon stretch for a while last week. The fish are now holding midsteam, among the rocks and pools. Look for water moving a walk speed and where you cannot clearly see the bottom.
Fly fishing: The action has been hit and miss in recent days, with a few pinks being caught as well as some coho. The people targeting searun cutthroat trout are doing very well.
Sekiu: The fishing remains good to very good. State creel samples last weekend showed anglers were averaging nearly a fish per person, with the majority of the catch being coho and then pinks.
South Sound: The salmon fishing has been spotty in recent days, with people catching a mix of coho, pink and chinook. Trolling is best, using a flasher with a spoon, hoochie or herring, because anglers can cover more water in search of the fish. The Dash Point Pier remains a good spot for pinks. Try pink-colored jigs.
Westport: The action remains good to very good. People are catching mostly coho right now, along with some chinook. Herring fished behind a flasher or on a diver has been very effective. Anglers are heading south from the harbor mouth.
Clear (Pierce): The lake is still producing some limits of kokanee, but anglers are noting they are catching mostly smaller fish. A pink dodger with a corn- or maggot-tipped lure is working best. Look for fish holding 30-40 feet down in water up to 80 feet deep.
Harts: The crappie and perch action remains good, while the catfish action is a little slow. The trout have not been biting yet. Most people are using crappie jigs tipped with a worm.
Leech: The trout action has been good to very good. Small beadhead woolly buggers or hare’s ear nymphs are effective. There also has been some small caddis hatches in the evening.
Rattlesnake: The fishing for trout has been fair.
Tapps: The smallmouth bass fishing has been pretty good, especially from mid-morning to noon. Try casting plastic baits, such as brown grubs, in water 15-20 feet deep. Water temperatures are still in the low 70s.Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, washingtonlakes.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Joe Pombrio at Puget Sound Fly Co., gamefishin.com, Westport Charterboat Association, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Harts Lake Resort and Deli. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org thenewstribune.com/outdoors