River conditions should improve if rain holds off

The fishing has been slow to nonexistent in many waters, especially the rivers. If we don't get too much rain this week, the rivers should be in good shape.

Saltwater anglers might want to try fishing for blackmouth on the west side of Marine Area 9, which opened Sunday with pretty good action.


Carbon: The river is in good shape, but the fishing has been poor, said Keith Semprimoznik of Big J’s Outdoors Store.

Cowlitz: The pressure was fairly light over the holiday weekend, said Karen Glaser at Barrier Dam Campground. Most people are still fishing in the Blue Creek area. The action has been fair for fish weighing 6 to 10 pounds. Corkies and yarn, jigs and bobbers, and eggs and shrimp all are working.

Green: The action has been slow to fair, mainly with people who have been plunking with sand shrimp and Spin-N-Glos. The water has been fairly high, said a worker at Auburn Sports and Marine. The upper river from the 277th Bridge in Auburn upstream to the Tacoma headworks dam will close Feb. 1. The river below the bridge is closed.

Kalama: The river is slowly coming back down, visibility is about 11/2 feet, and the water is green, said Wayne Orzel at Pritchard’s Western Angler. Without new rain, it should be in fair shape by late this week.

Lewis: The river is fishable, but the action has been slow, said a staffer at Angler’s Workshop. Conditions might make this a trip to put off right now.

North Sound: The Reiter Pond and Tokul Creek areas are producing a few steelhead. The Pilchuck also is producing a few fish, Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood said. The Skagit and Sauk are scheduled to close early, shutting down Feb. 16 because of the low return of wild steelhead.

Olympic Coast: The rivers will be barely fishable by today and should be in much better shape by Thursday, said Bob Gooding at Olympic Sporting Goods in Forks. By the weekend, all of the rivers should be holding fish.

Yakima: The river is unfishable following weekend rains.

Wynoochee: This river, and others in the area, is unfishable.


North Sound: Marine Area 9 opened Sunday, and the fishing was fair overall. Anglers were landing blackmouth weighing 7 to 15 pounds, including a few limits, said Chamberlain. Try using glow-in-the-dark gear, such as Hot Spot flashers with a Coho Killer spoon in white lightning pattern. Most anglers were fishing around Pilot Point and Double Bluff.

South Sound: There were a few anglers fishing south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, but there were no reports of success, according to Narrows Marina Bait & Tackle. Fishing around Harstine Island also has been slow. Salmon fishing in Marine Area 13 will shut down on Jan. 31.


Lone: The fly fishing has been pretty decent on this Whidbey Island water.

Sammamish: People are catching cutthroat trout averaging 16 to 18 inches long. Most folks are trolling small cut plug herring in orange or red size or needlefish spoons.

Spencer: Power Bait fished off the bottom or trolling a Hildebrant spinner in sizes 4 or 5 with a nightcrawler has been producing some decent catches of rainbow trout, said Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center in Shelton.

Washington: The action has been fair at best for cutthroat trout.

Try using plug-cut herring or small spoons.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640