The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is planting lakes in Jefferson, Mason and Kitsap counties with enough rainbow trout to potentially keep anglers happy throughout the fall.
The WDFW hatchery crews planted 12,500 nearly 1-pound rainbows in Kitsap Lake in Kitsap County; Island, Kokanee, Lost, Nahwatzel, Spencer and Trails End lakes in Mason County, and Gibbs and Teal lakes in Jefferson County.
“The lakes that are being stocked are open year-round and provide anglers a great fall and winter trout-fishing opportunity,” said biologist Mark Downen in a statement released by the WDFW. “Some of the jumbo rainbow trout will continue to grow and be available to anglers next spring as well.”
Mayfield: A good place to go to land trout, according to Fish Country Inc. Boat anglers are using Wedding Rings.
Riffe: Fishing has been slow of late.
Offut: Try worms, Power Bait or crappie jigs to catch trout, perch or bass.
Chelan: Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service recommends using Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow or purple Glow Flatfish between 8 a.m. and noon.
Tacoma: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports there is very light pressure. An angler caught a 13-pound blackmouth, but it’s been pretty slow. Mooching and jigging will provide the best chance of catching fish.
South Sound: Fishing reportedly has been slow, but crabbing has been good, according to the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Summer catch reports for crabbers are due Sunday.
North Sound: Fishing has been very slow.
Clam digs: Five beaches are open for razor clam digging today. Clamming will be allowed after noon at Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch and Long Beach. Twin Harbors will also be open Sunday after noon.
All diggers 15 and older must have a fishing license ranging from a three-day razor clam license to annual combination license. The licenses are available at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov. For more information visit wdfw.wa.gov.
Cowlitz: Marshall and Tracey Borsom of Fish Country Inc. in Ethel say coho fishing is good all the way up to Barrier Dam. Try using eggs and sand shrimp from the bank. The Borsom’s recommend fishing near Packwood or Morton.
Hoh: Anglers have been doing well, but Bob Gooding of Olympic Sports Goods in Forks believes the good luck is about to change with rain in the forecast.
Sol Duc: Gooding says this is another river where a stretch of good fishing is likely to end once it starts raining.
Skykomish: Fishing has been slow lately, according to the staff at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.
Snohomish: Action has been slow, but some anglers are landing multiple fish.
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