Offut: The state has planted the lake again with rainbow trout weighing about 1.5 pounds. PowerBait fished off the bottom and trolled near the surface have been effective.
Fort Borst: This pond in Centralia was one of six southwest Washington waters stocked for the state’s annual Black Friday fishery. It was planted with 2,000 rainbow weighing more than 1 pound. South Lewis Park in Toledo was also part of the stocking program.
Spanaway: Despite light pressure, people are catching some rainbow and brown trout. Trolling has been the best method lately. Try using Rapalas or Wedding Rings tipped with worms. The bite has been inconsistent. Be sure to be out of the park by 3 p.m. as it is prepared for Fantasy Lights.
Spencer: The action has been slow because of the cold weather. The lake was recently stocked with 1,100 rainbow for a post-Thanksgiving fishing opportunity.
Green: Some anglers are having success catching chum salmon, but the action has been slowed by poor river conditions.
Perry: This Thurston County stream has been producing some good catches of chum salmon, according to recent state creel reports.
Satsop: Fishing on the stretches of river that are open has been slow. It is a similar story on the Humptulips.
Skykomish: People are starting to catch some winter-run steelhead in the Reiter Ponds area. The water visibility is less than 2 feet because of landslides above Gold Bar. Try prawn-tipped jigs under a float.
Yakima: The best action has been swinging or stripping streamers such as Matukas and Sculpzillas. There has been some limited dry-fly action on midges and blue wing olives in the afternoon. River flows have almost returned to normal levels for this time of year.
Fly-fishing: People fishing area beaches are finding some sea-run cutthroat trout and an occasional resident coho. Small, dull-colored bait fish patterns are still the best fly option.
South Sound: A few blackmouth are being caught, but the pressure has been very light. Try trolling flashers and spoons or hoochies 120-160 feet deep. Quartermaster Harbor and the clay banks are good spots to try this time of year. Crabbing has been fair, and squid fishing has been good and should improve as the water clears.
Contributors: The Evening Hatch, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, northwestfishingreports.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Gig Harbor Fly Shop, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, salmonuiversity.com, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640