Fly fishing: There have been quite a few good reports from people fishing for searun cutthroat trout in Puget Sound. A lot of big, quality fish being caught. Use shrimp patterns, rather than baitfish flies. Beaches on the west side seem more productive.
Hood Canal: The blackmouth action has been good in the past week. Good numbers are being caught in the Seabeck area, Dabob Bay and Squamish Harbor. Fish are weighing an average of 6-8 pounds. The fish are holding about 10-15 feet of the bottom in water 100-150 feet deep. Find the bait, and the salmon will be there.
South Sound: The salmon fishing has been slowed by weather conditions. A few hardy souls have been going out, but the action has been very slow. The best action has been in the Quartermaster Harbor area, in water 120-150 feet deep. Squidding from local docks has been good this week.
Cowlitz: The river is putting out a decent number of big steelhead around Blue Creek. Jig fishing from shore at the Blue Creek boat launch area and the barrier dam early in the morning has been best. Side drifters are doing fair in the Blue Creek area and around the boat launch.
Green: A few chum salmon are being caught and some of them are still bright, but the number of fish being caught isn’t great.
Nisqually: People are catching chum, some of them bright, but the action has been hit-and-miss. Anglers also are having to contend with a lot of sea lions in the lower river.
Puyallup: The river is producing some catches of chum and an occasional dark coho. People are having luck drifting eggs under a float or using Kwikfish.
Snohomish: The steelhead fishing has been consistent. Side drifting eggs or using a scented plug like a Brad’s Wiggle has been resulting in hookups.
Chelan: Trolling the trench is producing lake trout, while bait fishing off the docks and trolling the lower basin is yielding rainbow trout. Work your gear 5 feet from the bottom at 190-245 feet deep from Rocky Point to Pat and Mike’s at speeds of 1.1-1.4 mph. For trout, float dough baits off the bottom on a 30-inch leader, or troll Wedding Rings behind a dodger or use a Roostertail.
Flowing: Anyone heading to the Monroe area for the holidays might want to pack a rod and reel. This lake has been stocked with 5,000 hatchery rainbow trout, averaging 10-12 inches long.
Merwin: People are catching a few rainbow trout and some small kokanee. Trolling a corn-tipped lure behind a green dodger has been effective.
Offut: There have been very few fishermen at the lake, but a handful of trout are being caught. Most people are plunking Power Bait off the bottom.
Potholes: The reservoir has some open water but the sand dune area and most of the Lind Coulee Arm have ice. Fishing from docks has been fair, with people hooking some perch, walleye and trout.
Rufus Woods: The trout fishing has been slowly improving, and the action is consistently fair to good. Try trolling flies on the surface, or casting spoons and spinners to points along the shoreline.
Spanaway: The action has been slow. A worm and marshmallow floated off the bottom has been producing a few trout. The best action has been in the middle of the day.Contributors: Gig Harbor Fly Shop, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, washingtonlakes.com, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Tom Nelson of salmonuniversity.com, gamefishin.com, Tom Pollack of Sportco, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, steelheaduniversity.com, and Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org thenewstribune.com/outdoors