Chelan: The lake trout fishing remains good in the Barrens, with the fish holding 165-200 feet down. Tipping your lures with pieces of northern pikeminnow has been leading to more strikes. Mini Cha Chas from Mack’s Lure are working well for suspended kokanee.
Potholes: Some anglers were able to get on the water and caught their limits of walleye. They were fishing with Rapala Jigging Raps in 40-60 feet of water off Medicare Beach. Others are using blade baits.
Sequalitchew: Bass anglers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been successful in landing some large fish, including some weighing more than 5 pounds. Orange plastic worms have also been effective.
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Spencer: The rainbow trout are hanging deep. Still-fish with your bait right off the bottom, or if you are trolling, go very slow and get your lure on the lake floor.
Cowlitz: The steelhead fishing has been very slow, based on state creel samples. A check of 14 bank anglers showed they had kept just one hatchery steelhead. Three boat anglers had no catch.
Olympic Coast: Hatchery fish have been moving into the area rivers in good numbers. The question will be the state of the rivers themselves. Heavy rain — including 2-3 inches possible Wednesday night (Jan. 27) — is in the forecast along the rivers, which have just become fishable again.
Tilton: During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 69 coho adults, eight jacks and 12 winter-run steelhead adults into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
Wynoochee: The river had dropped back into shape, but heavy rain Tuesday likely will make it and others nearby unfishable.
Yakima: The trout fishing remains fair, with the best action from about 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Good flies to start with are tan stoneflies, brassies, pheasant tails and black Copper Johns. If you want to swing a streamer, try an olive sculpin.
Clams: The current razor clam dig ends Wednesday (Jan. 27) at Long Beach. Low tide time will be at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday and 8:39 p.m. Wednesday. Digging is best one to two hours before low tide.
Fly fishing: People are catching resident coho and coastal cutthroat trout off South Sound beaches. Look for the fish holding in current seams during tidal changes. Try using an olive-over-white Clouser Minnow with some ultraviolet flash material, fished on an intermediate sink line.
North Sound: For Duke Fisher of Burlington, 10 ounces meant winning the 2016 Roche Harbor Salmon Classic and $10,000. Fisher won the event with a salmon weighing 17 pounds, 12 ounces, a fish he hooked 30 minutes before fishing closed for the event. In second, and winning $5,000, was Peter Nelsen of Shaw Island with a salmon weighing 17 pounds, 2 ounces. Blake Stiller of Anacortes took home the $3,000 third-place prize with a fish weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces. Ralph Thomas of Puyallup won $1,000 with his fifth-place fish weighing 14 pounds, 1 ounce. Overall, 345 anglers aboard 100 boats weighed in 92 fish.
South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 13 remains very slow. Some fish are being caught around Anderson Island and just south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. From Friday-Sunday, there were 47 anglers checked by the state, and they brought in a lone coho. Marine Area 11 will reopen Monday.
Contributors: Roche Harbor Salmon Classic, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, northwestfishingreports.com, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, washingtonflyfishing.com, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center, Troutwater, Creekside Angling Co.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640