Fishing goes south? Head south (or west)

The weather has been a deterrent to many anglers, and you certainly can't blame them. Those who have been getting out are finding the lower Columbia, the Cowlitz and the Olympic Coast to be worth the trip.

Closer to home, lake fishing has been slow but should pick up if the decent weather in the forecast comes to fruition.


North Sound: The fishing has been fair around Hat Island and the south end of Camano Island, with anglers running Coho Killers in water about 120 feet deep.

South Sound: The fishing has been fair to good around Fox Island, said a staffer at Narrows Marina Bait & Tackle. Mooching and trolling seems to be the best method.

Tacoma: Storms have kept fishing to a minimum, but it has picked up a bit, with regulars catching a fish each on average. The most productive spots have been Quartermaster Harbor and Point Dalco, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina.


Columbia: There were a number of good reports from the lower river earlier this week. Anglers have been catching a good number of spring chinook off the mouth of the Kalama River and farther downstream.

Cowlitz: Fish are being caught throughout the river – with most of the steelhead action at Blue Creek, and the chinook fishing best at the barrier dam, said Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service.

Kalama: The river was still running a bit high Friday, said Wayne Orzel at Pritchard’s Western Anglers. A few spring chinook are being caught, but there have been few people on the water.

Olympic Coast: The steelhead action has been pretty good this week, according to a report from Gig Harbor Fly Shop staffers. River flows were dropping Friday and should be in good shape this weekend.

Skookumchuck: The steelhead fishing has been very slow, said a staffer at Cabela’s.

Yakima: The river below the diversion dam has been fishing the best, said a report from The Evening Hatch. Take along your midge, blue wing olive, skwala and March brown flies. The issue will be getting over to the east side this weekend, with snow in the forecast for Snoqualmie Pass.


Alder: The lake level is starting to rise, but few folks have been on the water, said Len Throop at Eatonville Outdoor.

American: The fishing has been fair because of the poor weather, but it should improve along with the weather this weekend, said David Anderson at Bill’s Boathouse. Try using worms fished 10 feet below a bobber.

Cady: This Mason County lake has been fishing quite well in the past week. Anglers are having luck with damsel nymphs fished in the shallows or chironomids fished in deeper water.

Offut: The fishing has been weather-dependent, said Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. Water temperature is holding around 50 degrees. Casting spinners or using Power Bait have been the best methods.

Spanaway: The lake was planted with a number of triploid rainbow trout weighing from 1 to 3 pounds each, said Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse. Using worms might be the best way to fish for them. Dock fishing has been slow.

Spencer: The lake was stocked with some large trout and people are catching some rainbows weighing up to 5 pounds, said Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center. Most anglers are trolling Wedding Rings tipped with worms or black or olive Woolly Buggers in sizes 6 or 8. Keep your gear in the top 10 feet of the water, he said.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640