Fishing Report for Nov. 13

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comNovember 13, 2013 

RIVERS

Green: The action has been very good for chum salmon, especially between Renton and Auburn. People are using mostly corkies and yarn, in black and pink. Some of the fish are weighing around 15 pounds. People fishing with eggs under a bobber have been catching some coho, but the fish have been very red.

Humptulips: The river is in need of more rain, as flows are well below normal. Over the weekend, people were hooking mostly chum as well as a few chinook.

Kennedy: There are plenty of chum in the creek. That means plenty of anglers along the small stream, but most of them are taking home limits. Many of the fish are still chrome bright.

Minter: The few people who have headed to the creek are reporting there are very few fish.

Olympic Coast: The fishing has been fair to good, with salmon being caught in most of the rivers, just not in great numbers. A few steelhead are starting to show up as well in the Bogachiel and Hoh.

Puyallup: Few people were on the river over the weekend, but there are reports of people catching a few chum at the mouth of Clarks Creek.

Skokomish: The chum fishing has been good to very good. The river flow Tuesday morning was below normal for this time of year, but could rise quickly if we get plenty of rain this week.

Skykomish: The fishing is not red hot, but people are consistently catching some chum and coho salmon. A jig fished under a bobber has been the most successful.

Yakima: The trout fishing has been very good. Most fly anglers are using size 18 midges in any color or red brassies. Swinging streamers such as a black size 8 Sculpzilla Jr. also is producing hookups.

LAKES

Harts: The crappie fishing has been good to very good, although the fish aren’t large. Try a small red-and-white tube jig. Look for fish along the north side of the lake in water about 25 feet deep.

Island: This lake, and other year-round waters in Mason County, has been fishing well. Most people are having success fishing with worms or Power Bait just off the bottom.

Merwin: People are catching a few kokanee and rainbow trout. Trolling with a flasher trailed by a corn-tipped pink hoochie has been effective.

SALT WATER

Beaches: A razor clam dig will begin Friday. Here are the low tide times and beach openings: Friday, 5:01 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Saturday, 5:42 p.m. -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday, 6:20 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Monday, 6:57 p.m., -0.6 feet, Twin Harbors; Tuesday, 7:33 p.m., -0.4 feet, Twin Harbors; and Nov. 20, 8:09 p.m., -0.2 feet, Twin Harbors.

Hood Canal: The action at the Hoodsport hatchery has been very good. A state creel check of 87 anglers Saturday showed they had caught 210 chum. Chartreuse corkies and yarn or spoons with some chartreuse on them are effective.

North Sound: People are catching a mix of blackmouth and chum, with an occasional coho thrown in. But the fish are scattered. There also has been fairly light pressure.

South Sound: A few blackmouth are being caught in the Tacoma area, mostly from the slag pile toward Commencement Bay. Try trolling a flasher with a hoochie or spoon. The squid action has varied from day to day.

Contributors: Waters West, Flyfishing Outfitters, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, gamefishin.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com, Point Defiance Boathouse, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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