Fishing Report for Dec. 18

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comDecember 18, 2013 

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STAFF — KRT

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Boat anglers are catching some steelhead, but the action is far from good right now.

Green: The river is producing a few steelhead in the Flaming Geyser State Park area. People are using jigs in pink and purple, or eggs under a bobber.

Humptulips: Fishing was very good over the weekend. Pink jigs tipped with shrimp or a pink worm, under a float, are producing catches of steelhead and coho.

Lewis: People are hooking some fall chinook on the North Fork.

Nisqually: The river is finally showing signs of life, at least as far as fishing is concerned. There have been some chum finally being caught, including some fish that are still bright.

Olympic Coast: Steelhead action has been picking up in most of the rivers. Many of the fish — hatchery and wild — are weighing around 5 pounds. Good options right now are the Bogachiel and the lower Hoh. The rivers still are low and clear.

Puyallup: While river levels still are lower than normal, people are catching some chum, especially around the mouth of Clarks Creek. Try using a pink jig tipped with a prawn.

Skykomish: Steelhead action has been fair to good. People are using typical steelhead tactics, pink jigs under a float, plugs or pink worms.

Yakima: Fishing has been good upstream from the Slab, where there still is ice below that lower canyon point. Streamers and nymphs are working best right now.

LAKES

Moses: Ice is thick enough where it is safe to fish, and people doing so are catching plenty of perch. Some of the fish are measuring 13 inches long.

Munn: This lake still is producing trout. The best method is to fish with white leeches slow and deep.

Pass: Anglers willing to make the drive north to Skagit County are being rewarded with catches of rainbow and brown trout. Try using small leech patterns on an intermediate sink line under an indicator.

Rowland: Anyone looking to hook a big trout might want to consider making the drive to this lake near Lyle on the Columbia. It was planted last week with 131 5-pound rainbows and 73 trout averaging 10 pounds, as well as 3,000 catchable-size rainbows.

SALT WATER

Beaches: Wednesday is the last day of the latest razor clam opening. Only the Twin Harbors beach is open, with the low tide of minus-0.3 feet at 7:12 p.m. Digging opens at noon. The next dig is scheduled for Dec. 29-31 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. Kalaloch remains closed this season.

Hood Canal: Anglers caught a few blackmouth over the weekend, based on state creel checks at the Pleasant Harbor boat ramp.

South Sound: A few blackmouth are being caught, but not a lot of people are heading out. Try trolling flashers trailed by hoochies, spoons or herring from the Point Defiance Boathouse along the shore to the grain elevators in water 120-150 feet deep. Squid action on local docks has been hit and miss.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Evening Hatch, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Jim Kerr at Rain Coast Guides, gamefishin.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co., washingtonlakes.com.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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