Cady: The trout action has been fair to good. Most fly-anglers are using chironomids on a long leader or a full sinking line.
Offut: Trout fishing has been good this week, with some rainbows weighing up to 4 pounds. Worms and PowerBait remain the best bait choice, but slowly trolling with Pop Gear also has been working.
Potholes: The walleye action has been fair to good this week. Anglers are trolling spinners and night crawlers or jigging with a blade bait. Cold temperatures have allowed ice to form in the sand dunes and some parts of Lind Coulee.
Spanaway: The fishing pressure has been very light, so there is little to report.
Carbon: Anglers are reminded the river is closed to salmon fishing but open as a catch-and-release fishery for other game fish. People can, however, keep two hatchery steelhead.
Green: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has opened the upper portion of the river for trout and other game fish through Jan. 31. The newly open stretch is from the mouth of Cristy Creek at Flaming Geyser State Park to the water pipeline walk bridge a half-mile downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam. With chinook and coho spawning complete, anglers in that area can now fish for hatchery steelhead. The fishing overall has been slow.
Humptulips: People are catching a mix of coho, chinook and some early steelhead. Only a portion of the river is open right now.
51,533 The number of sockeye counted this year at Tumwater Dam on the Wenatchee River, the second-highest count since at least 1999. Last year set the record with 99,899 fish.
Olympic Coast: People are catching some limits of salmon and a few early winter-run steelhead. Fishing with jigs has been the most effective method.
Stillaguamish: The river will become catch and release for steelhead from Monday through Jan. 31. The change covers the river from Marine Drive upstream to the forks, and the North Fork Stillaguamish from the mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge. The rule was changed to ensure broodstock needs were met at the Whitehorse Hatchery.
Yakima: The river flow has settled around 1,050 cubic feet per second. Look for trout holding in water moving no faster than walking speed. Nymphs and streamers are best, but watch for midge hatches in the afternoon.
Fly-fishing: The beach fishing has been very good in the Tacoma Narrows and on Fox Island. Resident coho are keying in on euphausiid patterns. The coastal cutthroat action has been fair to good. Anglers targeting cutthroat are using bait fish patterns.
North Sound: Two derbies are taking place this weekend, the Resurrection Derby in Anacortes and the new Friday Harbor Salmon Classic.
South Sound: Salmon fishing remains slow throughout the area. Crab fishermen are soaking their pots for a long time to bring up a few Dungeness crab. The squid fishing from area docks is fair to good.
Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Carolyn Burdick at MarDon Resort, northwestfishingreports.com, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co., Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640