Rivers are slowly coming back down, but they are still running high and dirty. Unfortunately, the same weather that put the rivers in that condition in the first place also has kept people from salmon fishing on the Sound, so that's no option.
Columbia: Fishing in the lower river has been very slow. On the upper river in the Brewster area, steelhead are hitting baited jigs under slip bobbers baited with pink shrimp. Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide service says to fish jigs from as shallow as 3 feet to as deep as 25 feet. He likes Worden’s Maxi-Jigs or Mack’s Glo-Getters.
Cowlitz: Despite higher flows, fishing is still pretty good. Steelhead fishing is doing best at the Blue Creek area, but fish are being caught all the way up to barrier dam, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. Bank anglers are using jigs and bobber, glow beads with sand shrimp tail and Steelie spoons. Boaters are pulling divers with coon-striped shrimp or eggs, he said. Coho fishing has been very slow.
Green: The river is running three times higher than normal for this time of year.
Kalama: The river was high and turbid late last week, said a state report.
Lewis: Anglers are still catching some coho, but they are dark and were released, said a state report. Anglers also are catching some steelhead despite the high flows and turbid water.
Nisqually: Flows are three times the median for this time of year. Anglers had been catching some more chum before all the rain.
Puyallup: A few people have been trying their luck but without success. The river is very high and muddy. Flows Tuesday morning were just shy of 14,000 cfs.
Wynoochee: This and other area rivers are blown out.
Yakima: Flows have more than doubled in the last week. While the river is not unfishable, the fish now have more places to hold. Swinging streamers has been producing bigger fish than nymphing, according to a report from Red’s Fly Shop.
Offut: Fishing has been good, especially during the afternoon, weather permitting, said Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. The wind shuts down the bite, however. Trout are taking worms, marshmallows or Power Bait. Boat anglers are doing as well as bank anglers. The resort is still renting boats.
Rufus Woods: Fishing has been mixed, with anglers catching trout some days and none the next. Most of the fish being caught are about 15 inches long, not the big fish the lake is known for. Not sure if it’s worth a ride over the pass.
Washington: The lake has been producing some smaller cutthroat trout and kokanee, but nothing consistent. The perch fishing remains good, and the bigger fish seem to be biting now.
North Sound: Based on state creel reports, the best numbers have come from the Anacortes area. At the Washington Park boat ramp, 31 anglers brought in 14 chinook over the weekend.
Tacoma: Fishing conditions were certainly less than ideal over the weekend, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. When people have gone out, only a few immature blackmouth have been caught. Some resident coho have been caught along the Tacoma Narrows. Fish have been running 12-16 inches long. The squid action has been fair to good on local docks.
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