The reports from around the region have been mixed. Some of the best action is steelhead fishing on the Skookumchuck or out on the Olympic Peninsula. Locally, the action has been on the slow side.
Columbia: Sturgeon fishing in the Bonneville Pool was good for the retention opener. A state report said there were 17 legal-size fish caught on the Saturday opener. Sturgeon action also was good in the Dalles Pool. There was no pressure in the lower river.
Cowlitz: The action is not red-hot for the steelhead, but some fish are being caught. It’s a matter of putting in the time, said Marshall Borsom of Fish Country. Bank anglers are running bobber and jig, drifting corkies and yarn, some tipping with sand shrimp tail. The boaters are using divers with coon-striped shrimp or eggs, plugs or corkies. A few very bright late-run coho are being caught at barrier dam.
Kalama: The action has been slow, in part because few people are on the river.
Lewis: A handful of steelhead are being caught daily by anglers around the salmon hatchery, said a state report.
Nisqually: There are still a few anglers chasing chum.
Olympic Coast: Anglers were catching a good mix of native and hatchery steelhead last week, said Jim Kerr of Rain Coast Guides. Some of the fish were approaching 10 pounds. He said all the Forks-area rivers should be in more or less decent shape for a while, with steelhead ranging from the headwaters down to the mouths.
Puyallup: The lower river is closed. The river above the Carbon River is open to catch-and-release fishing, except anglers can keep up to two hatchery steelhead.
Skookumchuck: Anglers are catching some limits of steelhead. Try using a Nightmare Jig in red and black tipped with shrimp, said a staffer at Sportco.
Wynoochee: The river is in good shape, with visibility about 3 feet, and is producing a few steelhead. Try using scented yarn or eggs.
Yakima: Don’t plan on making a trip until late in the week. Cold temperatures have created a lot of ice.
Chelan: Troll deep for lake trout by the Chelan Yacht Club with Mack’s Lures big Squid Rigs in glow colors, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. Some fish have topped 15 pounds. An occasional landlocked chinook has sweetened the action, he said.
Klineline: If you’re headed that way, this southwest Washington pond was planted with 2,500 catchable-size rainbows at the end of December.
Mayfield: The lake is still producing some nice trout for the bank anglers. Fish Country’s Borsom said he has been told Power Eggs and worms fished just off the bottom seem to be working best.
Washington: Cutthroat trout action has been fair to good. Anglers on Washingtonlakes.com report having success using cut-plug herring while trolling the south end of the lake near the mouths of Cedar River and Cedar Creek.
Fly-fishing: Action in the Tacoma Narrows has slowed for resident coho but should pick up in the next couple of weeks, said a staffer at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. Try the Purdy Bridge on the outgoing tide for sea-run cutthroat trout. Try Clouser Minnows in green over white or tan, and krill imitations for coho.
Tacoma: The salmon fishing has been slow. A creel check of 13 anglers last week showed they came back empty-handed. Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina said it has been a combination of few fish and few anglers. He said some boats have been heading to Area 10 for hatchery fish. Some jiggers are catching squid off local Puget Sound docks.
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