Catches better, but results still mixed

There are some glimmers of improved fishing in the area. Steelhead anglers should try the upper reaches of the Green River. There are fish being caught but the river from the 277th Bridge in Auburn upstream to the Tacoma headworks dam will close Monday.

The action on lakes and Puget Sound has been inconsistent, with anglers having to contend with uncooperative fish and iffy weather.


North Sound: The blackmouth action has been fair in recent days. Anglers have been picking up fish, most weighing 10 to 13 pounds, in Port Townsend spots such as Marrowstone Point and Midchannel Bank. Try using a Coho Killer or Silver Horde spoon behind a flasher.

South Sound: The action has been tough, with anglers hooking lots of shakers and having to contend with lots of seals, said Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center.


Cowlitz: The fishing has been off and on for steelhead. Anglers are having some success with side drifting eggs or back trolling plugs and divers, said Bob Barthlow of Rivers NorthWest Guide Service.

Green: The fishing has been good when the water is in shape, said a staffer at Auburn Sports and Marine. Try using drifting shrimp, eggs or corkies and yarn in pinks or peaches.

Kalama: The fish are coming into the river in groups, rather than a consistent run, said Barbara Orzel at Pritchard’s Western Angler. The river is in good shape, and there are fish throughout the river. You just need to put in some time on the water.

Olympic Coast: The Sol Duc and Bogachiel might be the best options as water levels drop and area rivers become fishable again. Drifting eggs or pulling plugs have been the best methods lately.

Skookumchuck: The water conditions have improved, but the steelhead fishing has been slow.

Wynoochee: The river is still running quite high and fast, Harvey said. Rain over the weekend raised the water another six inches. The situation is the same on the Satsop.

Yakima: The fishing has been fair, thanks to some cleaner water. Try using San Juan worms, stonefly nymphs or mayfly nymphs, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop.


Chelan: Anglers are catching good numbers of lake trout above the yacht club. The fish haven’t been big, but they have been plentiful, said Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service. Trolling purple glow Rushin’ Salmon Wobblers was the most effective set-up.

Mayfield: Some anglers are having luck trolling, others are catching trout off the bank near the hatchery.

Riffe: The trout fishing has been pretty good at the dam, said Marshall Borsome at Fish Country. Worms or shrimp fished under a bobber have been the most productive methods.

Roses: This Manson-area lake has been providing some nice winter fishing for holdover rainbows, Jones said.

Rufus Woods: The trout fishing has slowed down because of cold water and low flows. Try casting and slowly retrieving black Glo Getter marabou jigs.

Spencer: Among the Shelton-area lakes, this remains the most consistent fishery, Harvey said. Use nightcrawlers or Power Bait in rainbow fished close to the bottom.

Washington: There are mixed reports coming from the lake. Some anglers said they were catching rainbows, and others were coming up empty. The cutthroat trout action remains slow.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640