If you're looking to recover from a day of chasing bargains, head out for some water therapy. A number of local rivers, from the Green to the Puyallup to the Humptulips, should help ease the stress of battling Black Friday crowds.
Cady: The lake is producing good catches of trout. Try using fast-sinking lines with leech and baitfish patterns. Drab-colored flies, such as olive or white, are working best, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co.
Munn: Trout fishing has been fair to good. Try leeches or Woolly Buggers.
Sammamish: The lake is more productive for cutthroat trout than Lake Washington. Troll with pop gear and a Wedding Ring or a cut-plug herring, said Todd Rock at Auburn Sports and Marine. He said to get your bait or gear 100-150 feet behind the boat to get it deeper.
Spanaway: Trout fishing has been hit-and-miss. Try trolling with a Wedding Ring for some of the recently planted jumbo rainbow trout.
Cowlitz: Anglers are still catching coho and some winter-run steelhead. But the river is running kind of high. Below Mayfield Dam, the flow was 8,410 cfs late Friday morning.
Green: Conditions are the same; water is in good shape.
Humptulips: The river is still fishing well for chum, and some bright coho are still coming in.
Minter: This creek is a hot spot for chum right now. Be patient with your fellow anglers, it makes for a better time for everyone.
Nisqually: A few chum are being caught, but the run doesn’t really come until December.
Olympic Coast: The first winter-run steelhead are coming into the rivers. The Bogachiel would be a good option. Bobbers and jigs have been the most productive set-up.
Puyallup: There are a good number of chum in the river, plus a few steelhead are being caught, said Randy Anderson at Sportco. Try using green corkies and yarn for chum and Vibrax spinners for steelhead. The recent rain should improve the bite, he said.
Satsop: There are still some coho in the river, but they are getting pretty red, said Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center and Marine. Bobber and jig or Blue Fox spinners seem to be the most productive.
Skykomish: Of the North Sound rivers, the Sky has been attracting the most interest among steelheaders. Start at the Reiter Ponds area with corkies and yarn in light colors.
Yakima: Freezing temperatures mean too much ice.
Fly-fishing: People are still catching a few sea-run cutthroat trout, which have to be released. He said the fishing for resident coho should start to pick up soon.
South Sound: There have been no reports because the weather has kept people on shore, said a staffer at Zittel’s Marina.
Tacoma: The lack of cooperative weather has kept people off the water, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Try trolling 120-150 feet deep, right off the bottom, with flashers and hoochies, he said. The reports from people jigging for squid have been positive. One angler online said he had luck with pink-and-white jigs.
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