Fishing

Fishing report for Nov. 13

Locations like Kennedy Creek, shown here, and the Hoodsport Hatchery are good places to fish for chum salmon these days.
Locations like Kennedy Creek, shown here, and the Hoodsport Hatchery are good places to fish for chum salmon these days. Staff file, 2003

LAKES

BRADLEY: Trout fishing has been fair. Worms fished under a bobber have been producing some strikes.

HARTS: The lake was stocked this week with 350 large rainbow trout weighing about 1 pound each. Dock anglers are also catching catfish at a good rate. Worms have been the best bait for trout.

NAHWATZEL: Trout fishing has been good. Some boat anglers are trolling a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm. Others are fishing PowerBait and worms off the bottom.

SPENCER: Fish are starting to get a bit lethargic, and are hanging close to the bottom. Try still-fishing with dough baits or worms, or slowly trolling flies such as Woolly Buggers, Carey Special or egg-suck leeches has been effective.

RIVERS

GREEN: Chum salmon have been active in the Metzler Park stretch in Auburn. They were hitting pink jigs, tipped with shrimp, fished under a float. With high water levels, look for the fish holding close to shore.

KENNEDY: Chum action has been fair in the last week.

OLYMPIC COAST: Save the gas, the rivers are unfishable. The Hoh, for example, was flowing at 37,300 cubic feet per second Friday morning, topping the previous record for the day of 20,900 cfs.

PUYALLUP: A few anglers were catching some chum before the river started rising. It was at 4,500 cfs (at the Puyallup gauge), up from about 2,700 cfs Thursday night.

7 The number of feet the Satsop River rose from Thursday to Friday morning. Heavy rain has made many area rivers unfishable.

SATSOP: A few people were catching salmon in the stretch that is open, but the river is blown out right now.

SKOKOMISH: The river was producing some chum and a few coho before the rain hit.

YAKIMA: Trout fishing is good overall, with consistent catches. Using nymphs such as small stoneflies, pheasant tails and WD-40s is a good tactic in the morning, then switch to Blue Wing Olive dry flies in the afternoon.

SALT WATER

FLY-FISHING: Sea-run cutthroat trout fishing has been good to very good at area beaches. Some anglers are reporting having success using a skater squid pattern, especially with so many squid in area waters these days. Light tan or olive Woolly Buggers also are effective.

HOOD CANAL: Twitching green-colored jigs seems to be more effective than fishing with herring in recent days. Anchovies might be a better option than herring right now. Boaters should look for the fish in water 6-8 feet deep.

SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing has been very slow in Tacoma and Olympia, in part because the weather is keeping most people off the water. Crabbing has been fair. People are setting their pots in water 50-150 feet deep, and leaving them in quite a while to catch keeper crab.

SQUIDDING: The action remains some of the best ever seen. Anglers fishing off docks from Edmonds south are going home with consistent catches. Squid jigs in green and white have been effective. You just have to be patient and wait for the schools to come by your spot. The Point Defiance Boathouse is going to hold a squid jigging class on Dec. 5. Call 253-591-5325 for info or to sign up.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, northwestfishingreports.com, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, The Evening Hatch, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Zittel’s Marina, washingtonflyfishing.com, Harts Lake Resort & Deli, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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