Harts: Trout fishing has picked up, with people catching fish weighing 1-11/2 pounds. Crappie action has been very good, and people are catching some yellow perch.
Munn: Fishing has been very good for trout. Leeches have been the most effective patterns. Switch colors until you find the one that the fish want.
Offut: Fishing has been fair to good, as long as the weather cooperates. People are catching rainbow trout floating a worm off the bottom with PowerBait or a marshmallow.
Potholes: Walleye anglers are catching limits near Goose Island. People are trolling with Rapala Shad Raps at the mouth of Frenchman’s Waterway or using blade baits along the face of the sand dunes.
Spanaway: When the weather – especially the wind – allows, the fishing has been good. Fish the south end for brown and rainbow trout, using a worm and marshmallow. Trolling and fly-fishing are working for browns since they have moved out of the shallows and back into the main lake.
Spencer: People have been hitting the lake pretty hard, especially since it was stocked as part of the state’s “Fall into Fishing” program. Try trolling a olive or black Woolly Bugger or a Smile Blade Spinner.
Tapps: Smallmouth bass fishing has been good to very good. Look for fish holding amid the stumps in water 18-30 feet deep. Using a drop-shot rig with dark-colored plastic minnows has been effective.
Fly fishing: Action for sea-run cutthroat trout remains good for those who have been heading out to local beaches. Chico, Hoodsport and Allyn are good spots for chum. Try small or lightly weighted flies like a Chum Charlie or ITR shrimp.
South Sound: Salmon fishing has been very slow, in part because the rain and wind has kept people off the water. Try trolling along the slag pile in water 150-180 feet deep, or off Point Dalco on the incoming tide. Squid action has been spotty.
Westport: There are some coho being caught in the basin. Silver spinners with a chartreuse skirt are working well, or try Hot Shots, Wiggle Warts and Vibrax Blue Fox spinners.
Chehalis: Anglers were catching some coho, mainly using spoons or spinners.
Nisqually: Fishing is still slow.
Olympic Coast: Rivers are dropping back into shape, so the action could be decent if there isn’t more rain this weekend. People have been catching a good number of jack coho and smaller chinook salmon weighing 10-15 pounds. A few steelhead also are being caught.
Puyallup: There has not been a lot of action on the river, especially with river flows above 5,000 cubic feet per second.
Skokomish: Anglers should be careful if they try the river this weekend. It was very high and dangerous to cross after Thursday’s rains. It was dropping by Friday morning but still quite high compared with normal. When it is fishable, chum fishing has been very good.
Yakima: With the water clear and low, anglers need to switch to smaller flies to be effective. Midge, brassie or Lightning Bug patterns in sizes 16-20 will work well as the water gets colder. It is important to get a good drift, and using indicators will increase your chances of hooking a trout.Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, gamefishin.com, salmonuniversity.com, washingtonlakes.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Don Wells at Harts Lake Resort & Deli, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse, Jim Kerr of Rain Coast Guides, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co., Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 email@example.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors