Ocean coho take, Cowlitz, Nisqually angling improve

The river fishing has been improving, especially on waters such as the Cowlitz and Nisqually. The coho action off Westport is said to be well worth the trip, both for numbers and quality.


Fly fishing: The searun cutthroat fishing is good and the coho action is improving, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. Try using olive and brown Shock and Awes for cutthroat and pink/white Minicevers for both species. The Tacoma Narrows has been a good spot to try.

Tacoma: The salmon fishing remains very slow, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Just a few blackmouth and coho are being caught. Trolling with flashers and hoochies is the best method, but you need to cover a lot of water, he said.

Westport: The fishing last weekend was very good to excellent for large fall coho, said local angler John Keizer. He ran southwest from the GH buoy and trolled in water 350-400 feet deep. The coho were all running 14-18 pounds. Keizer said they were fishing 25-35 feet down with Kingfisher Lite Spoon and a Deep Six Divers on top with a herring behind it.


Buoy 10: the fishing for hatchery coho has been slow, and there have been few anglers on the water.

Columbia: Fishing for fall chinook in the lower river was better earlier last week. Effort was fairly high on Saturday with 1,645 boats and 529 bank anglers counted during the effort flight count. The number of people fishing for sturgeon and the catch is generally light.

Cowlitz: The fishing has really picked up, said Marshall Borsom of Fish Country. He said several fall chinook are being landed at Barrier Dam. Most fishermen are using eggs and sand shrimp together. The steelhead fishing has slowed some, but some nice fish were caught last weekend at Blue Creek. Sand shrimp, corky and yarn or jig and bobber are still working. Anglers fishing down at the mouth of the Toutle hooked some coho salmon.

Kalama: Bank anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho and steelhead, said a state report.

Lewis: Bank anglers around the salmon hatchery are catching some hatchery fall chinook and coho.

Nisqually: There are reports of more fish in the river. Try using dark-colored corkies and yarn.

Methow: Steelhead anglers are having better success nymphing. The fishing isn’t red hot, but up to Methow standards, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop.

Tilton: Last week, the state put 88 fall chinook adults, 44 jacks, three sea-run cutthroat and eight coho into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Toutle: Anglers on the North Fork are catching some fall chinook. The first 14 coho of the season had returned to the hatchery as of Sept. 8.

Yakima: Try a variety of small dry flies while searching for trout. A split wing Adams is a great choice because it floats well, said a staffer at Red’s Fly Shop. Grasshoppers are still abundant, but in the evening switch over to an October caddis. Be sure to twitch it, skate it and move it all over the place. Fishing has been best mid-day.


Clear: The lake has been producing some nice-size yellow perch, said Len Throop at Eatonville Outdoors.

Mayfield: The lake is still producing some nice trout. Try fishing off the bottom with Power Bait and worms. Some anglers reported catching limits in no time, Borsom said. Boaters are trolling with Wedding Rings.

Riffe: The action is slowing down as the water level drops. Borsom said there were reports of some fish being caught at the east end near the fishing bridge.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640