Columbia: Below Bonneville Dam, salmon fishing has been on the slow side. The action seems better in the Bonneville Pool, especially at the mouths of rivers.
Columbia-Hanford Reach: A lot of anglers have been hitting this stretch of river, and for good cause. Last week the state estimated there were 7,714 angler trips for the week. Anglers averaged 21/2 chinook per boat.
Cowlitz: Fishing seems to have improved a bit, as anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho and sea-run cutthroat trout. There are quite a few coho jacks in the catch.
Green: People are catching lots of pinks but are having a hard time finding any coho. Fishing seems good throughout the open stretches.
Humptulips: People are catching plenty of limits of coho now that water conditions have improved. Rocket red corkies have been effective.
Klickitat: Bank anglers on the lower river are catching good numbers of fall chinook. Some coho are also appearing in the catch.
Lewis: On the North Fork, boat anglers are doing well for fall chinook while bank anglers are mainly catching coho and some steelhead. Boat anglers on the mainstem also are catching some coho.
Puyallup: The action has been slow overall, although some people are catching some dark pinks and an occasional coho, especially in the upper river.
Skokomish: Fishing has been slow.
Yakima: Fly-anglers are having some good success. Try fishing with October caddis, as well as baetis and cahill patterns when those hatches occur. For the lower-river salmon season, 4,496 angler trips have been taken and 995 adult chinook, 165 chinook jacks and seven coho have been caught and kept.
Strait of Juan de Fuca: While the number of anglers fishing off Sekiu has dropped, the action is still very good. The coho catch is averaging about 11/2 fish per person, based on weekend creel samples. In the Port Angeles area, the average is about one fish per person.
South Sound: It was slow going for salmon anglers last weekend. The few people who were going out were catching just handful of coho. The action was slightly better off the Gig Harbor side. It is the same story in Marine Area 13.
American: Kokanee anglers are finding fish willing to bite near the island. Pink flashers are working best, trailed by a small lure or hoochie tipped with maggots. Run your downriggers at 30-35 feet.
Crescent: Trolling with a shrimp-tipped Wedding Ring in pink or orange has been producing good catches of rainbow trout.
Kapowsin: Largemouth bass action has improved as the fish are in their fall feeding mode. Try Senko worms or grubs among the tree stumps.
PASS: Trout fishing has been fair to good, thanks in part to cooling water temperatures. Try using a brown beadhead Woolly Bugger.
Summit: People are trolling with spoons or hoochies, tipped with shoepeg corn, to catch kokanee and rainbow trout. Start with your gear about 60 feet down.Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Evening Hatch, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, washingtonlakes.com, gamefishin.com, washingtonflyfishing.com. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org thenewstribune.com/outdoors