More anglers should hit local water as the weather improves

Gloves seem to be required equipment for anglers on these cold wintery days.
Gloves seem to be required equipment for anglers on these cold wintery days.


Chelan: The fishing for lake trout has been good, especially in the trench area. Try baiting your hooks with a piece of northern pikeminnow.

Harts: The pressure has been light, and the action has slowed down quite a bit because the water temperatures have dropped. People are catching some crappie and few catfish.

Munn: The lake was planted with some large trout recently. Try still-fishing with chironomids under an indicator or slowly trolling with a full sinking line.

Tanwax: People are catching some rainbow trout fishing from the dock at Rainbow RV Resort. Some people are still-fishing with a worm and Power Bait, while others are casting lures such as a gold Kastmaster. Many of the fish are measuring about 14 inches long.


Grays Harbor: There seems to be plenty of coho in the river, but anglers have been dealing with high water levels. Try casting No. 5 and No. 6 Vibrax spinners toward the slow water along the river edges.

Humptulips: People are catching some late coho and some early winter-run steelhead. Most people are drifting eggs or shrimp under a bobber.

Perry: While the action has slowed, anglers are still averaging a chum salmon per person, based on state creel checks.

Puyallup: Anglers were catching some chum salmon, but the action had been slowed earlier in the week by rising river levels and decreased visibility. As a reminder, fishing within 400 feet of the mouth of Clark’s Creek is not permitted.

Olympic Coast: High water levels have kept people off the river this week. The Forks area rivers should be fishable this weekend, and there should be steelhead and salmon in the systems.

Satsop: Some anglers have been reporting success catching coho by twitching black jigs. That seems more effective than bait, spoons or spinners at this time.


Clams: A razor clam dig will run Saturday (Dec. 10) and Sunday at Copalis and Mocrocks. The low tide times are 3:28 p.m. Saturday (0.5 feet) and 4:21 p.m. Sunday (-0.5 feet). Digging is permitted after noon only, and is best an hour or two before low tide. Remember, the limit is 15 clams, and you must keep the first clams you dig up. A longer dig scheduled for Long Beach and Twin Harbors will not take place because marine toxin tests show clams there are unsafe to eat. For more information, visit

Fly fishing: The action for searun cutthroat has slowed down a bit, but a few resident coho have been caught recently. Look for fish through the Tacoma Narrows or around the Purdy Spit. Anglers are using euphausid patterns for cutthroat and pale-colored baitfish patterns for coho.

South Sound: Improving weather conditions should allow anglers to get out on the Sound. Point Gibson, Fox Island and Devil’s Head are popular spots this time of year, trolling with an artificial squid behind a flasher. Try to keep your gear within 10 feet of the bottom. People are reporting they are catching larger squid this week, some about a foot long. The pier at Redondo has been fishing well.

Contributors: Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse,, state Department of Fish and Wildlife,, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters, Harts Lake Resort, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center, Puget Sound Fly Co.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640