Fishing Report for Dec. 14

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comDecember 14, 2013 


Green: The fishing has been slow overall, with a few dark chum being caught in the Metzler Park area. People using jigs under a float are hooking some fish.

Chehalis: The coho action was slow early this week because of cold, clear water. But the fishing should improve here, and in rivers such as the Humptulips and Wynoochee, if the rain Thursday brings river levels up. Look for some B-run coho and a few winter-run steelhead.

Cowlitz: People are catching some early steelhead. If the water is clear, go with smaller jigs under a float, while side drifting is effective when the water is up.

Nisqually: You might say the river is in one of those extended Mariner losing streaks. Anglers are going home empty handed, based on multiple reports.

Puyallup: There have been no reports of people catching fish, just some indicating there was ice floating downstream early in the week.

Olympic Coast: Rain on Thursday did not raise river levels as much as expected. Flows were already dropping Friday morning after rising only slightly. The Hoh has some fish in it as does the Bogachiel, but conditions are tough.

Yakima: The river was fishable the past few days and should improve as water temperatures increase. Stay upstream of Milepost 10 because of a large ice dam below there. Use tiny nymphs for the trout. People also are catching a lot of whitefish.


Cady: This lake has been fishing slow because of cold temperatures. The action might pick up this weekend, if warmer weather prevails. Look to use chironomids fished deep and very slow.

Offut: The fishing has been fair for rainbow trout, but where the numbers might be lacking, the quality is there. Many of the fish are weighing 11/2-2 pounds. The majority of action is coming from dock anglers fishing with Power Bait.

Spanaway: People have been catching some rainbow and brown trout off the dock. Most people are using a worm and marshmallow on a 4-foot leader. No one has been fishing from a boat, mainly because of the weather.

Washington: Despite the weather, the action for cutthroat trout has been good to very good. The fish seem to be holding near the bottom in water 20-60 feet deep at the south end of the lake. Trolling a shrimp-tipped lure behind a dodger has been effective.


Fly fishing: Use shrimp patterns that imitate small euphausids and amphipods on an intermediate sink line, especially along seams that collect debris, for resident cutthroat trout and resident coho. Remember that sea-run cutthroats must be released.

North Sound: Dale Nelson’s team won the 2013 Resurrection Derby last weekend, taking the $10,000 first prize with a 16.92-pound chinook. In other derby news, there still are openings for teams in the 11th annual Salmon Classic Derby at Roche Harbor Feb. 6-8. For information, contact Debbie Sandwith at Roche Harbor Market at 360-378-5562.

South Sound: The fishing has been fair for the few people heading out. A few blackmouth are being caught, weighing 5-9 pounds. Trolling in 120-150 feet of water right off the boathouse has produced the best action. Anyone heading out in the Olympia area right now is focusing on crabbing. The best action has been on the Nisqually Reach.

Contributors: Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Red’s Fly Shop, Debbie Sandwith of Roche Harbor Market,, tom Pollack at Sportco,, Burd Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse,, Rob Sweem of R&K Guide Service,, Mike Zittel at Zittel’s Marina, Curt Reed at Waters West Flyfishing Outfitters, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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