Steelhead anglers may want to consider the Skookumchuck River. The action there has picked up in recent days. If the rain holds off, local lakes might also improve.
The best bet is probably the kids’ trout pond at the Washington Sportsmen’s Show that runs through Sunday. Kids can catch and keep or release the trout they catch.
American: A few trout, some measuring 14 inches, have been caught in the last few days, said David Anderson at Bill’s Boathouse. Most folks are trying Power Bait.
Cady: The fishing here has been fair to good in recent days, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. You can do well with sinking lines and white leeches or chironomids in this lake near Belfair.
Klineline: Try this pond if you want to take a road trip. Most of the recent action was in the swimming area. The pond, in Salmon Creek Regional Park in Vancouver, Wash., was planted Jan. 20 with 210 brood stock rainbows averaging 4 pounds each.
Offut: There have been few people trying their luck, said Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. Those few people who have tried have landed just a couple of trout. Cold lake temperatures have slowed the action. Nightcrawlers and Power Bait with shrimp scent have been working.
Spanaway: Stillfishing has been the best method, producing some fish over 1 pound, said Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse. Mid-day anglers are catching trout off the dock with worms and marshmallows.
Columbia: The best sturgeon fishing has been in the Bonneville Pool, according to a state report. Over half the boat anglers sampled last weekend had kept a legal-size fish. Some steelhead are being caught in the Dalles and John Day pools.
Cowlitz: The fishing has been fair at best this week. A few steelhead are being caught, but anglers are having to work hard to find fish willing to bite.
Green: The upper river remains the best spot for steelhead. Unfortunately, the stretch upstream from the 277th Bridge will close on Monday because of the low return of wild steelhead. The lower river is already closed.
Olympic Coast: The rivers are in great shape, said Bob Gooding at Olympic Sporting Goods. The fishing has been fair, but is improving. The upper Hoh has been the best spot to try. There was a report of a 23-pounder being caught Thursday, he said.
Skookumchuck: The action has been picking up, but it’s still not red hot. Try a jig, such as one with a Nightmare pattern, under a float, said Jim McDaniel at Tumwater Sports.
Smelt: Just a heads-up. There were unconfirmed reports of recent birds/seal activity in the Cowlitz River. The Cowlitz remains closed to sport dipping until Feb. 6.
Wynoochee: There are some fish being caught here and in the Satsop, but high water is making it tough to fish.
Yakima: Flows have settled down and conditions should be good this weekend. Fishing has been best during the mid-day warmth. Try pheasant tails or Lightning bugs in sizes 14 to 18, or stonefly nymphs in sizes 8 to 12 or larger streamers, said a report from The Evening Hatch.
Fly fishing: There are still some fish in the Tacoma Narrows, but the fish seem spread out, Srivastava said. There have been a few fish caught at Titlow Beach. The searun cutthroat have switched to eating euphasids and seem a little more picky.
South Sound: The action has been slow and the pressure has been light, said a staffer at Zittel’s Johnson Point Marina. Last weekend, just six anglers were checked at area marinas, but two people at Point Defiance had caught a blackmouth.
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