Head to Humptulips for some salmon success

There have been a few bright spots in the last week for river anglers, including the Humptulips, which is full of chinook and coho. There also have been some good reports from the Cowlitz.


Chehalis: The lower river has been the place to find chinook and coho.

Cowlitz: Fishing remains good. With more than 7,800 coho and 2,300 kings returning to the hatchery last week, there are plenty of fish to try for, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. Getting them to bite, however, has been challenging. He said anglers free-drifting eggs with a sand shrimp tail seem to be doing best. He recommended running lures such as Blue Fox spinners or Steelie spoons for the coho.

Green: Fishing has been good near the soccer fields in Kent. Coho are being taken on jigs, eggs and spinners, said Todd Rock at Auburn Sports and Marine.

Humptulips: Fishing for chinook and coho has been very good. Try using jigs, spinners or bobbers and eggs, or plugs in the lower river. Rock said the upper Satsop is fishing equally as well.

Nisqually: Fishing has slowed down in the past week, although some coho are still being caught, Rock said. The last hour of daylight seems to be the best time.

Olympic Coast: The lower river stretches have been fishing best in recent days, with anglers hooking coho and steelhead. Jim Kerr of Rain Coast Guides said they have had luck swinging flies through deep runs.

Yakima: Fishing with nymphs has been the most productive way to work the canyon stretch, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop. Try combinations of Pat’s stoneflies, purple lightening bugs, brassies and small olive WD-40s. Anglers also should look for Blue Winged Olive hatches to start very soon.


American: The lake has been producing a mix of kokanee and rainbow trout. Trolling has been the best method for getting the fish to bite.

Bradley: Trout in this Puyallup lake have been eager to hit yellow Power Eggs with a Gulp worm, according to an angler on

Mayfield: The lake is still good for trout. Borsom said people this weekend were using red Power Eggs and were hooking plenty of rainbows. He said to try near the hatchery or by Ike Kinswa State Park.

Offut: Trolling with Wedding Rings and worms has been effective, according to sources. One person suggests trolling a little faster than normal.


Fly-fishing: A few sea-run cutthroat trout are being caught at places such as the Purdy Spit and Ollala, said a staffer at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. Try using Clouser Minnows in brown and white or olive and white.

Tacoma: Salmon fishing continues to be very slow, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. There have been no fish brought in to the boathouse in the last few days.

A few chum have been showing up on the Gig Harbor side. The clay banks has been one spot to look for blackmouth.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640