Fishing Report for Jan. 18

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJanuary 18, 2014 

RIVERS

Cowlitz: The river has been producing some steelhead each day but not in great numbers. Most people are side-drifting with small bait in the Blue Creek area.

Green: The river was quite high during the week, not the best conditions for fishing. River flows, measured near Auburn, were dropping and were at 2,700 cubic feet per second Friday morning.

Olympic Coast: The rivers are in fairly good shape, and the steelhead fishing has improved after the recent rain. On the Hoh, flows topped 20,000 cfs on Jan. 11 and has since dropped to 2,780 cfs Friday morning.

Skagit: While the river was a bit high during the week, visibility was fairly good. Still, steelhead action was slow.

Skookumchuck: There have been mixed reports this week, with some people saying they’re catching a coho or two or some steelhead, while others are headed home with nothing.

Skykomish: People have been catching a few steelhead this week, especially near Rieter Ponds. People have been drifting jigs tipped with shrimp under a bobber or casting gold spoons.

Wynoochee: The river might be worth a try this weekend for steelhead. Try drifting eggs or sand shrimp, or use a nightmare pattern jig under a bobber. Fishing also should be improved on the Chehalis.

Yakima: The river is in good shape and flows are slowly dropping, so the trout fishing should be good. This time of year, sculpins, stonefly nymphs, brassies and San Juan worms are effective under the surface, and zebra midges when you see fish feeding on the surface.

LAKES

Island: The lake has been fishing well for trout, thanks to the warmer weather. Try trolling with olive Woolly Buggers, a Carey Special or Smile Blade flies.

Offut: The best action has been good for about three hours each afternoon. The best way to hook a trout these days has been floating PowerBait about 2 feet off the bottom.

Washington: People are catching some cutthroat trout at the south end of Mercer Island. Try trailing a purple mini hoochie, tipped with pink Gulp maggots, behind a dodger. Look for fish holding about 30-40 feet down in water 100 feet deep.

SALT WATER

Fly-fishing: People are hooking sea-run cutthroat in Hood Canal. Look for good structure and water moving during the tidal change.

North Sound: Marine Area 9 opened Thursday. People are looking for larger blackmouth off the points in the Port Townsend area, and in the midchannel area. Look for baitfish on your finder and stay with them, that’s where the blackmouth area. Kingfisher 31/2-inch spoons and hoochies will be most effective. In Marine Area 10, fish are being caught at Jefferson Head and along the east shore of Bainbridge Island.

South Sound: Experienced anglers are averaging a fish per boat by trolling with hoochies or herring. Try Devil’s Head, Point Gibson or around Anderson Island. Squidding off Tacoma docks has been slow this week, and seems to be done for the season.

Contributors: Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, salmonuniversity.com, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, washingtonlakes.com, gamefishin.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Mike Zittel at Zittel’s Marina, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center, steelheaduniversity.com, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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