Cool weather good for fishing at lakes

River fishing has slowed as water levels have dropped. Rain in the forecast this week could bring more fish into the systems if there's enough rain to raise levels.

But the cooler weather has been good for lakes, where the bite has improved as the water temperatures cool.


Fly fishing: The sea-run cutthroat fishing around the Sound is still pretty good and should improve this week with better tides, said Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. Remember, all sea-runs caught in saltwater must be released. The number of migratory Coho showing up in the Sound should peak from mid-September to October.

Tacoma: Salmon anglers have a had a slow time the past few days, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Just a few coho and king are being caught. Don’t forget crab fishing in Marine Area 11 is closed Monday. Marine Area 13 remains opens seven days a week through Jan. 2.


Carbon: Anglers are catching some fish, as long as they are patient. Corkies and yarn are the best setup, although specific colors don’t seem to matter, said Keith Semprimoznik at Big J’s Outdoor Store. The river is a bit off color.

Cowlitz: Reports say the action is picking up, with several good fall chinook being caught all the way up to Barrier Dam, said Marshall Borsom of Fish Country. Most anglers are using eggs and sand shrimp tails. The water is pretty low and very clear, so the fish are a little spooky, he said. The steelhead fishing is still pretty good at Blue Creek and down river. Sand shrimp, corky and yarn, jig and bobber and eggs have been the baits of choice.

Olympic Coast: The summer-run steelhead fishing is still going strong, said Jim Kerr of Rain Coast Guides. The caddis are coming off and the steelhead and trout are eye-balling dry flies. He also said he has seen a few fall coho and fall kings, along with some pink salmon.

Green: People fishing from boats are using Wiggle Warts, while bank anglers are casting chartreuse spinners.

Nisqually: The fishing has been fair at best, said a staffer at Wholesale Sports.

Puyallup: Action has been slow since water levels dropped. Drifting corkies and yarn in combination of metallic red and black seems to be working best, said a staffer at Auburn Sports and Marine.

Yakima: The dry fly fishing has improved in recent days and should continue. Use medium size patterns, such as a size 10 Turks’ tarantula, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop. River flows have dropped by almost a third in the past week, forcing the trout to congregate and making wade fishing much easier and safer.


Chelan: The lake trout fishing is transitioning to fall patterns as the weather cools. Try using Kingfisher Lite Spoons off downriggers and little F7 Flatfish off the outriggers in the trench from 8-10 a.m., said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. Concentrate on the lower section of the trench, where the depth is 227 to 233 feet deep.

Mineral: The cooler weather has brought on the bite, said Mike Gordon of Mineral Lake Resort. The bait of choice continues to be floating Power Eggs, worms and marshmallows or using chartreuse colors when trolling. Fish for brown trout on the bottom with a large worm or worm and Power Egg, he said.

Mayfield: Boat anglers are still coming home with good stringers of trout, trolling Wedding Rings with pop gear and tipped with worms or cocktail shrimp, Borsom said.

Tapps: As the water temperature cools, the fishing has improved. Anglers are hooking tiger muskies casting swimbaits and bucktail spinners over the weed beds. The smallmouth bass action also has been good in recent days.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640