Fishing Report for Oct. 19

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comOctober 19, 2013 

SALT WATER

Beaches: There is a razor clam dig under way. The openings and low tide times are: Saturday, 7:38 p.m., minus-0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday, 8:16 p.m., minus-0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Monday, 8:55 p.m., minus-0.4 feet, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Tuesday, 9:34 p.m., minus-0.1 feet, Twin Harbors.

Fly-fishing: The action for sea-run cutthroat trout has been very good from Tacoma to Olympia. Some anglers are reporting hooking fish measuring up to 20 inches long. Try baitfish patterns in green/white or poppers.

Sekiu: Anglers taking part in last weekend’s Sekiu Salmon Derby caught plenty of smaller fish, weighing 6-9 pounds. They were fishing just east of Sekiu in 45-90 feet down in 500-600 feet of water. The fishing is open until the end of the month.

South Sound: The action has picked up as people are landing some blackmouth. Flashers and spoons have been most effective, fished within 10 feet of the bottom in water 150-180 feet deep. Fish from the clay banks to the slag pile on outgoing tides and from Point Dalco to Quartermaster Harbor on an incoming tide. Anglers also are finding blackmouth off Green Point. Again, use small spoons or hoochies, in sizes 6-8.

LAKES

American: Perch fishing has slowed as the schools seem to be scattered. Look for them in the south end. Fish seem to be holding at about 45 feet. Try using a drop-shot rig with mini-grubs.

Lone (island county): Fly-anglers are reporting good catches of rainbow trout. Try using white Woolly Buggers or leeches, chironomids and hare’s ear nymphs.

Offut: Trout action has been good, especially midmorning. Most people are using worms on a short leader, about one-two feet long. If people are trolling, they are using Fish Creek and Kastmaster spinners really slow.

Potholes: Walleye and perch fishing off the humps at the face of O’Sullivan Dam area has been producing limits. Walleye anglers are using a spinner-and-crawler combo, a Rapala Shad Rap or Baby Hot Lips.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Anglers in the upper river are catching fall chinook and coho, while those on the lower river are primarily catching coho. Sea-run cutthroat are mostly being caught around the trout hatchery.

Lewis: Anglers on the mainstem are primarily catching coho. On the North Fork, bank anglers are mainly catching coho jacks, and boat anglers are mostly catching chinook.

Methow: The river is in good condition and is producing some steelhead and a good number of cutthroat. Swinging flies works best early and late in the day, and nymphs are the answer midday.

Puyallup: Coho action has been slow. Fish might be spooky in the clear water right now.

Skokomish: Anglers are reporting there are plenty of chum salmon in the river, and they are hitting corkies and yarn.

Nisqually: There seems to be a fair number of salmon in the river, but the catching has not been too good lately. People are catching some bright coho, and there are plenty of dark-pink salmon still around. Small pink corkies have been effective.

Yakima: Trout anglers are catching rainbow by swinging soft-hackle flies, like a size 14-18 partridge and gray. Small nymphs also are working well. Try size 16-20 WD-40s, pheasant tails, lightning bugs and RS-2s.

Contributors: John Keizer of saltpatrol.com, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, washingtonflyfishng.com, gamefishin.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, The Evening Hatch, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Anne Meseberg at MarDon Resort, washingtonlakes.com and Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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