Fishing Report for Nov. 23

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comNovember 23, 2013 


Chehalis: Fishing the lower river has been producing some coho and a good number of chum salmon. Number 5 Vibrax spinners or Fat Fish plugs cast toward the bank have been effective on low tides, while sardine-wrapped Mag Lip plugs work better during high water. There also are some reports of steelhead being caught.

Cowlitz: Fishing has been fair at the barrier dam for some late coho. Try a float and eggs for these fish down toward the boat ramp.

Green: River conditions were not conducive to fishing success during the week but should improve by the weekend.

Minter: Chum have arrived, in big numbers. Some of the fish are already dark. Green corkies and yarn is the best setup to start.

Nisqually: Little to no action still.

Olympic Coast: The action is starting to pick up for the winter-run steelhead. There are still some salmon around. The Bogachiel and Hoh are the best options, especially with falling river levels. Fish the shaded areas with smaller gear during these sunny days.

Puyallup: Chum are starting to move upstream, based on several reports, but not a lot of fish being caught. Try a Number 4 or 5 Vibrax spinner with a purple, blue green or red body.

Yakima: Fishing might be a bit off this weekend, as river flows have jumped to more than 4,000 cubic feet per second, rather high for this time of year.


Black: Freshly stocked 1-pound rainbow trout are making this a good fishery right now. People are using PowerBait with worms to catch their limits.

Harts: Cool weather has helped the trout bite improve in the last week. People are having success with white or yellow Power Eggs. Crappie fishing has been fair to good.

Munn: People are still catching rainbow trout in good numbers. Fish with white leeches on a Type III or IV sink-tip line.

Offut: Fishing has been good to very good, with lots of fish weighing around 11/2 pounds. It takes some patience, but PowerBait and a worm fished right off the bottom is producing limits for most people.

Rufus Woods: Some people are catching their limits of rainbow trout, but there aren’t many large fish on the stringer. Trolling with Rapalas or casting spinners along the rocky points has been effective.

Spanaway: Some nice brown trout are being caught, including one measuring 24 inches. Some rainbow trout are being caught off the dock. Most people are using worms fished off the bottom.


Fly-fishing: The beach action has been OK, with a few resident coho and some sea-run cutthroat being caught. Light-colored flies work best for coho.

North Sound: Possession Bar has been producing some blackmouth. Try trolling a 3-inch Silver Horde spoon behind a green Moonglow flasher. Keep your gear close to the bottom in water 120-150 feet deep.

South Sound: While few people have been fishing, those who are heading out are catching blackmouth, some topping 10 pounds. There also are some chum being caught. Fish in water 150-180 feet deep from the clay banks to the boathouse, with smaller spoons like Coho Killers in cookies and cream or Irish and cream. When the wind isn’t blowing, the squid action off local docks has been good. In the Olympia area, hardly anyone has been heading out for salmon, but a few die-hards are still bringing in crab.

Contributors: Tom Pollack at Sportco,, Gary Krein at All-Star Fishing Charters,, Zittel’s Marina, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Curt Reed at Waters West, Harts Lake Resort & Deli, Phil Stephens at Mystical Legends Guide Service, Mike Zavadlov of Mike Z’s Guide Service, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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