The wind and rain over the weekend kept many people at home, but folks are still catching some fish.
With more rain in the forecast, be sure to check river flows before you head out.
Columbia: A state check showed 331 sturgeon bank anglers from Bonneville Dam downstream to the Wauna powerlines had 30 legal-size fish kept and one released. All the legals were kept just below the dam. Salmon fishing has been minimal.
Cowlitz: The fishing is still going strong, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. While there are lots of fish in the river right now, it has been challenging getting them to bite. Anglers using sand shrimp and a small gob of eggs together have been doing fairly well up in the pool at Barrier Dam. A few kings are being caught, but they are pretty dark.
Green: Anglers are catching a mix of coho and chum salmon. Try using corkies and yarn in orange or chartreuse.
Kalama: Anglers are catching a mix of chinook (which have to be released), coho and steelhead, according to a state report. Wayne Orzel at Pritchard’s Western Angler said water visibility is a foot to a foot and a half, but the high flows should have salmon moving upstream.
Lewis: Anglers on the North Fork Lewis are catching coho. Be careful of the rising water levels. Flows at Merwin Dam were 6,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) Monday, significantly higher than long term mean of 3,400 cfs for that date.
Nisqually: Higher river flows and the hot chocolate color has slowed the fishing.
Puyallup: The river remains closed to salmon fishing through Sunday by emergency regulation, but salmon fishing picks up from there through Dec. 31, per the state’s fishing rules pamphlet.
Tilton: The river in Morton has been fishing quite well for fish transported from the hatchery separator downstream, but there have been lots of folks fishing at Gust Backstrom Park.
Yakima: Fishing is fairly typical for this time of year, said Steve Worley at Worley-Bugger Fly Co. There hasn’t been a lot of mayfly activity, but there are plenty of October caddis attracting the trout. Be sure to have a caddis pupa pattern, as well as dry flies. Midges are another good pattern to have along.
Chelan: The hot action has been the early bite in front of First Creek for spawning lake trout, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. Trolling later in the morning in the trench also has been productive. There are still some shoreline opportunities available for stocked rainbows.
Mayfield: The lake is still producing nice trout. Bank anglers are using worms and Power Bait and boaters are trolling with Wedding Rings.
Offut: The fishing has been good for those people making it out, said a staffer at Offut Lake Resort. Most anglers are floating a worm off the bottom or trolling with Dick Nite spoons or Wedding Rings.
Tanwax: The action has been slowed by the weather, but people are catching a few rainbow trout and perch. Most people are using worms, said a staffer at Rainbow RV Resort.
Fly fishing: The action has been very good for sea-run cutthroat trout, said Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. Remember, sea-run cutthroat are catch-and-release. For cutthroat, try sea-run buggers and Gary’s polychete worms. For the salmon, try Gary’s Wire Comets in orange, pink, red and chartreuse.
Hood Canal: Based on state creel checks, the chum fishing has been slow at Hoodsport. Anglers being checked at the Tahuya ramp seem to be having better luck.
Tacoma: The lousy weather kept just about everyone off the water over the weekend, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. When the weather cooperates, he suggests hitting the clay banks on the outgoing tide, Point Dalco on the incoming tide, as well Les Davis Pier and waters near the grain elevators.
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