Looking for coho? Then head to Montesano area

Some of the best river fishing reports are coming out the Montesano area, with anglers finding coho in rivers such as the Satsop and Chehalis. The lake fishing also seems to be improving, with just a week left in the season for many area waters.


American: The action has been slow overall, but in the last week an angler landed a rainbow trout that topped 5 pounds, said David Anderson at Bill’s Boathouse. The fishing for yellow perch has been good.

Kapowsin: Local angler Kevin Bye reports the bass fishing has been very good in terms of quantity. He used spinnerbaits along with crankbaits and swimbaits fished along the outside edges of the lily pads and logs.

Offut: There is limited access at the resort, but the lake was stocked last week with some jumbo rainbow trout, said Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. Try using worms under bobbers or Power Bait.

Spanaway: Anglers are catching a few trout trolling and still fishing the south end of the lake. Some of the fish are 14-16 inches, said Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse. Power Bait on a short leader and worms are effective, as is Trolling pop gear. Anglers are catching some limits, but are having to spend time to catch their fill.

Spencer: The lake was recently planted with trout, making it worth a visit. Weddings Rings with worms, Power Bait, Flatfish, dark-colored woolly buggers and Carey Specials all are working.


Columbia: Action in the lower river has been slow overall, although anglers are catching some chinook at the mouth of the Klickitat. Starting today, anglers can fish for salmon and steelhead at night and the anti-snagging rule will be lifted per permanent rule. Boat anglers are catching some legal size sturgeon from the Kalama upstream.

Cowlitz: Anglers are still catching a mixture of fall chinook, coho and sea-run cutthroat trout. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 8,349 coho adults, 1,049 jacks, 2,396 fall chinook adults, 247 jacks, 57 summer-run steelhead, one winter-run steelhead and 64 sea-run cutthroat trout during seven days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Klickitat: Anglers are catching a mix of chinook, coho and steelhead.

Lewis: Anglers are catching some coho though most of the fish were released, said a state report. A higher ratio of the fish were kept in recent days, according to the most recent checks.

Nisqually: The action has really slowed in the past week, in part because water levels early this week were high and the color was muddy. Anglers are still catching a few coho.

Satsop: There are some silvers in the river now, just not a whole lot.

Skokomish: There are more chum than silvers right now, said Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center. Most anglers are using corkies and yarn in purple, rocket red, orange or pink, or jigs.

Yakima: The fall chinook harvest continues to improve in the lower river. As a result, the number of anglers continues to increase. State staff interviewed 142 anglers with 19 salmon last week. The lower canyon stretch is the best for trout action.


South Sound: The pressure has been very light, likely due to lack of fish, said a staffer at Zittel’s Marina. The crabbing has been fair to good for the few people giving it a try.

Tacoma: The salmon fishing remains very slow. There have been few anglers heading out, said a staffer at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Last week, there were 29 anglers checked at local boat ramps and they had just one blackmouth and two chum salmon. The chum salmon have been found on the Gig Harbor side, trolling about 20 to 30 feet deep off the weed beds.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640