▪ Anglers catching coho in shallow waters locally.
▪ Salmon fishing in rivers has slowed significantly.
▪ State continues to stock area lakes with trout.
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MASON COUNTY: Three lakes were stocked on Thursday. Island was stocked with 2,180 trout, Nahwatzel was planted with 2,500 trout, and Spencer was planted with 4,400 fish.
POTHOLES: Walleye fishing has been very good to excellent, with many people catching their limits. One angler landed a walleye weighing more than 13 pounds. Crappie fishing from docks has been good.
RATTLESNAKE: This King County lake was planted with 9,125 trout last week and will receive another 16,000 fish through March.
BLACK: Effective Friday (Oct. 2) fishing restrictions on the river in Thurston and Grays Harbor counties have been lifted. The river was closed to protect fish due to low water conditions.
CARBON: The action has slowed this week, but people are still catching some pink salmon and an occasional coho salmon.
GREEN: Anglers are still hooking some bright pinks. Try using a purple jig under a float. Some anglers are tipping jigs with shrimp when allowed by regulations.
OLYMPIC COAST: Fishing the coastal rivers for chinook has been good one day and off the next. Some anglers are successful using eggs under a float.
PUYALLUP: Salmon fishing is slow overall, although some pinks and coho are being caught. A reminder: The river from the 11th Street Bridge to Freeman Road will be closed to recreational fishing Sunday through Wednesday.
SNOHOMISH: This might be worth the drive north as anglers are reporting catching their limits of coho.
YAKIMA: Small nymphs have been the most effective fly lately. Try patterns such as WD-40, olive or black zebra midge, baetis and lightning bugs, in sizes 18 and 20. October caddis dry flies are effective in the evening.
COAST: Ocean salmon fisheries closed on Wednesday. For those who still want to try their luck, anglers are catching coho in the Westport marina, including one angler who landed an 8-pounder. Fish the incoming tide with spinners or a fresh anchovy and under a float.
NORTH SOUND: The best action for coho has been in the Cornet Bay area. Creel samples at the ramp show anglers are averaging almost 0.75 fish per person.
SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing has been fair, with coho weighing 3-6 pounds making the majority of the catch. Look for fish from Dash Point to the mouth of the Puyallup and the Gig Harbor shoreline. Look for the fish in shallow water, which makes fly fishing effective. The winter crab season opened Thursday in marine areas 11-13, and elsewhere in Puget Sound. The squid action has been fair to good already. The Point Defiance Marina is holding a swap meet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA: This is where the coho fishing is the hottest right now. Anglers being checked at Sekiu are averaging more than one fish a person.
Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, northwestfishingreports.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, salmonuniversity.com, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Art Tachell Point Defiance Boathouse, steelheaduniversity.com.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640