Riffe, Spanaway lakes producing trout again

Some area lakes are showing signs of improvement. There are good reports of limits being caught at Riffe Lake, and some trout topping 11/2 pounds being caught at Spanaway Lake. As for rivers, this weekend might be the first decent fishing all week.

Salt water

Fly-fishing: Fishing has been quiet, said Clark Jennings at Puget Sound Fly Co. A few sea-run cutthroat are being caught, but not a lot. There also aren’t as many resident coho around.

South Sound: Only a few anglers are trying their luck. Try the sand spit and Green Point area, trolling flashers and hoochies.

Tacoma: Area docks are open, but the fishing has been very slow, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Salmon fishing reopens Feb. 1.


Bradley: A report from said the action for several anglers was slow earlier this week.

Lost: The fishing has been fair in recent days. Try trolling small-to-medium-size Carey specials in olive or black or woolly buggers slowly, said Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center.

Offut: The action is still on the slow side, said a staffer at Offut Lake Resort. The trout have been biting, but lightly, making hooking them difficult. Power Bait or worms with shrimp or garlic scent has been working.

Riffe: Anglers are catching limits of rainbow trout along Mossyrock Dam on the Highway 12 side. Fishing with a worm 5 feet under a bobber is the best set-up, said Tracy Borsome at Fish Country.

Rufus Woods: Anglers looking to tangle with some large trout may want to consider making the trip. One angler reported catching a 15-pounder. Try trolling lures or cast dark-colored jigs along the points.

Spanaway: Anglers are catching a few trout off the dock with white marshmallows with worms. Same combination is working for still-fishing, said Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse. Weekend weather should make for good fishing.

Spencer: Lakes like this one that received a late fall plant have been productive lately. Try trolling woolly buggers or a spinner tipped with a worm, or bright spoons fished close to shore for cutthroat, Adams said.


Cowlitz: The fishing has been slow. Anglers are catching a steelhead here and there. Using Glo Balls at night has been best, Borsome said.

Green: The action for plunkers has slowed, but conditions are improving for drift fishing. A few fish are being caught at Flaming Geyser State Park with jigs and bobbers and at Metzler Park, said a staffer at Auburn Sports and Marine.

Kalama: The river is improving, said Wayne Orzel at Pritchard’s Western Angler. Visibility is about 3 feet and is good for pulling plugs. He said the high water should bring in new fish.

Lewis: There are a few winter-run steelhead being caught. Bobbers and jigs are working best. The water levels are forcing bank anglers to congregate around the hatchery, said Elaine Burns at Angler’s Workshop.

Wynoochee: The river is dropping back into shape, but there have been no reports of anyone having success, Adams said.

Yakima: The fishing has been good, thanks to the mild temperatures, said Steve Worley at Worley Bugger Fly Co. Most anglers are using small stoneflies and San Juan worms.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640