Fishing Report for Nov. 20

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comNovember 20, 2013 


Columbia: Anglers are reminded that all river smelt sport fisheries remain closed. A single large mature male smelt was caught during juvenile sturgeon studies in the Kalama area last week.

Cowlitz: Coho and sea-run cutthroats made up the bulk of the catch last week, though winter-run steelhead have been counted at the salmon hatchery trap.

Green: The river seems packed with chum, and they are willing to hit your offering. Corkies and yarn are an effective setup, but jigs in black/pink or purple also are working. Floaters should be aware of a tree across the river about one mile downstream from Metzler Park. It will be an issue during high flows.

Humptulips: There are reports of anglers catching a few chinook, some coho and chum salmon. Give the river a day or two to clear up and drop.

Kennedy creek: Reports have been mixed in recent days; some people are hooking plenty of chum, but others are empty-handed the next day.

Lewis: There has been a slight increase in the coho catch, especially for boat anglers.

Nisqually: Some people are reporting catching sea-run cutthroat trout, but there have been no reports of any salmon being landed.

Puyallup: The action has been slow, but it could be showing signs of improving.

Olympic Coast: Fishing had been decent before rains earlier this week brought up river levels. People were catching some chinook and coho before the rain, as well as the first few steelhead.

Satsop: After being low for quite a while, river conditions improved over the weekend and so did the fishing. But that was put on hold by heavy rains Monday. Without more rain, the river should be in good shape by Thursday. Before the rain, people were catching some chrome-colored coho. Black jigs have been effective. It is the same story on the Wynoochee.

Skokomish: Fishing for chum is very good, and good for coho. Many of the fish are still chrome bright. Corkies and yarn in dark colors have been effective.

Yakima: Air temperatures have dropped quite a bit early this week, and that is slowing the action a bit. Try fishing small flies, like a size 16-20 olive zebra midge, or put on a sink tip or shooting head and swing streamers.


Chelan: People trolling the trench are catching lake trout, while the lower basin is producing good catches of rainbow trout. Lake trout anglers have been working depths of 190-245 feet between Minneapolis Beach and Rocky Point. Keep your Needlefish Squiddys and Fat Cat Cha Cha Squidders within 5 feet of the bottom. For trout, throwing Worden’s Lures Roostertails or dunking Pautzkes Firebait on slip-sinker rigs will be productive.

Merwin: Fishing for trout and kokanee has been fair. People are trolling with green or pink hoochies trailing behind a dodger.


Beaches: With one razor clam dig wrapping up Wednesday, another weeklong dig is scheduled to begin Nov. 30. Wednesday’s low tide of minus-0.2 feet will take place at 8:09 p.m. Twin Harbors is the only beach open Wednesday. The next dig is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 7.

Hood Canal: The chum bite slowed a bit over the weekend. A state creel check Sunday of 21 anglers at the Hoodsport hatchery showed a catch of 18 chum. A week ago, 21 anglers had 68 chum.

South Sound: Salmon fishing remains slow. State creel checks of six anglers at Point Defiance on Saturday showed a catch of one blackmouth and one chum. It is a similar story in the waters around Olympia.

Contributors: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, state Department of Fish and Wildlife,, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop,, Point Defiance Boathouse, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center, Jim Kerr at Rain Coast Guides. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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