The Puyallup and Carbon rivers will be the next waters to close to salmon fishing as Puget Sound coho runs fail to meet expectations.
The Puyallup, from the mouth (11th Street Bridge) upstream to the mouth of the Carbon River, will be closed from Monday through Oct. 31.
The Carbon, from the mouth upstream to the mouth of Voights Creek, will be closed Monday through Nov. 30.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the coho run is low, and the Voights Creek Hatchery has not collected enough fish to meet its egg-take goals.
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians has already closed indefinitely its commercial coho fishery.
Fly fishing: The action has been good for sea-run cutthroat trout but slow for coho, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. If there is one spot that has been better for coho, it’s been the Tacoma Narrows. Use a pink Miniceiver or a top-water fly such as a Puget Sound slider.
North Sound: The coho fishing has been fair to good. You just have to be in the right place at the right time when they are willing to bite, said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center. He said one angler landed an 18-pounder and two 15-pounders. Try between Mukilteo and Possession Point.
South Sound: The action has been slow, with just an occasional coho and leftover chinook being caught, said Mike Zittel at Zittel’s Marina.
Tacoma: The salmon fishing showed some signs of improving Thursday, with a mix of coho and chinook being caught, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Try off the slag pile or clay banks.
Cady: Try olive or maroon woolly buggers, as well as dark colored leeches, both fished on a full-sink line.
Munn: It might be worth your while to try chironomid emergers, or dark-colored woolly buggers or leeches, Srivastava said. Tumwater angler Don Freeman said a recent weed kill by the Department of Ecology does not seem to have affected the fishing.
Offut: The fishing has been good for trout, perch and bass, said Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. Top baits have been worms, Power Bait and crappie jigs.
Washington: The yellow perch fishing has been good, with most fish measuring 8-10 inches, but some are pushing 16 inches. Still-fish with worms and then switch to perch meat, he said.
Chehalis: There are lots of chinook being caught, but regulations require them to be released. The number of coho being caught has increased in the past few days, said Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center. Use Vibrax spinners or spoons, or herring on the lower river.
Columbia: The Hanford Reach has been very productive recently. Chamberlain said an angler reported in and said he and his partners landed seven fish. The adult chinook catch is about 20 percent above last year at this time, said state fish biologist Joe Hymer.
Deschutes: Trout anglers are somewhat successful.
Nisqually: Anglers are catching a mix of coho and chinook, although the chinook have been fairly dark.
Skykomish: The Reiter Pond area has been producing some steelhead, but anglers are having to work pretty hard to catch them.
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