Fly-fishing: Sea-run cutthroat trout action has been very good on South Sound beaches, while coho action has been fair. Baitfish patterns in pink and white or chartreuse and white are effective.
South Sound: More coho than chinook or pink salmon are being caught right now in the waters off Tacoma. South of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the pressure and catch has been light.
Westport: Anglers were finding schools of coho south of Westport. Look for birds working the bait balls. Try a Fish Flash followed by a herring or Kingfisher Lite spoon about 30 feet down. Salmon fishing will close Monday.
Buoy 10: Some coho and a few chinook are being caught. Effective Oct. 1, the daily salmon limit increases to six fish, of which two may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Any chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained, but all salmon other than chinook and hatchery coho must be released.
Columbia: Last week, the Department of Fish and Wildlife sampled 1,779 anglers below Bonneville Dam who had caught 666 adult and 21 jack fall chinook, eight adult coho and two steelhead. Boat and bank anglers are catching some legal-size sturgeon in The Dalles Pool.
Cowlitz: Anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho, steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout. The bank angling has been best near the salmon hatchery while boaters continue to catch fish in the lower river.
Green: People are catching some pinks and coho. Many of the pinks are pretty dark. Try using a chartreuse spoon.
Klickitat: Anglers are catching fall chinook throughout the system. There have been a lot of people fishing the lower river from Lyle Falls downstream. In the upper river above the falls, more than 180 anglers were sampled with 74 chinook kept, four released and no steelhead.
Lewis: Both the mainstem and North Lewis are producing coho plus an occasional hatchery fall chinook.
Nisqually: Fishing has been fair in recent days, with people picking up some chinook and pink salmon.
Puyallup: As the pink run has dwindled, so has the number of anglers. Those that are still out there are catching a consistent number of coho. Orange corkies are still effective.
Yakima: Trout fishing was a little harder over the weekend. In the afternoons, use October caddis and summer stonefly patterns. On bright days, use small nymphs like an olive zebra midge in sizes 16-20. Chinook fishing in the lower river is picking up. Last week, anglers averaged one chinook for every eight hours fished.
Drano: Boat anglers are catching fall chinook. The lake will be closed to all fishing from 6 p.m. Tuesdays to 6 p.m. Wednesdays in October.
Harts: Crappie and perch fishing remains good and people are starting to catch more channel catfish. Worms are best for the catfish, while crappie jigs are best for crappie and perch.
Leech: Trout fishing has been very good. Ant patterns and parachute Adams have been go-to flies.
Lenice: This eastside lake has cooled off, and the trout action is picking up. Fish the deeper water to avoid your hooked fish tangling in the shallow weeds. Water boatmen, damselflies and leeches have been effective flies.
The recreational fall salmon-fishing season on the Puyallup River will reopen next week, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday. The upper river opens Oct. 1, while the lower stretch opens Oct. 3. Fishing will run through Dec. 31 in both sections.
The upper river, from Puyallup’s outfall structure across the river from the junction of Freeman and North Levee roads, upstream to the mouth of the White River, will be open daily.
The lower river also will be open daily, except from Oct. 6-9 and Oct. 13-16. The closures are to avoid potential gear conflicts between sport fishermen and tribal anglers.
Through Oct. 31, the daily limit will be two salmon, plus two additional pink salmon, but anglers must release wild chinook. From Nov. 1-Dec. 31, the daily limit will be two salmon, and again wild chinook must be released.
Coho and hatchery chinook must measure at least 12 inches long to be kept. Through Nov. 30, anglers are required to use single-point barbless hooks. Also, a night closure and anti-snagging rule is in effect through November.Staff report Contributors: John Keizer of saltpatrol.com, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com, gamefishin.com, washingtonlakes.com, Harts Lake Resort and Deli, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org thenewstribune.com/outdoors