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Fishing report: Lakes improve, rivers need rain

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm with No Comments »
September 14, 2012 12:03 pm

Here is a look at reports from popular fishing spots around the region. A full report will appear in Saturdays paper.


Carbon: While a little on the slow side, people are reporting catching some chinook and coho. Some people are drifting eggs under a bobber, while others are using corkies and yarn in black and pink.

Cowlitz: Like many rivers in the region, a dose of rain would certainly help. Until then, the steelhead and chinook action has been fair at best. People are drifting eggs in the lower river for chinook.

Nisqually: It seems like the catching has improved in the last few days. People are catching chinook, but the majority of them are dark, and a few coho. Some of the chinook are weighing around 20 pounds.

Puyallup: While you can’t say the action is red hot, people are catching some coho. Low water levels could be delaying the next big run of fish. Corkies and yarn are the most popular set up.


American: The kokanee fishing has slowed down, but people are still catching some rainbow and cutthroat trout. Pink seems to be the most effective color for dodgers and lures.

Harts: People are catching a lot of rainbow trout. People are trolling with worms on small spinners, while bank anglers are using worms or dough bait. Worms also are producing crappie and bluegill.

Mayfield: The trout fishing has been pretty good. Try trolling Wedding Rings off Ike Kinswa State Park or among the islands in the Cowlitz arm.


North Sound: The coho action remains very good. Try using a Hot Spot flasher with a white or UV squid. Start fishing it shallow, about 35 feet deep, early in the day, then dropped to as deep as 150 feet as the day progresses. Fishing has been good of Mukilteo and Edmonds.

South Sound: The salmon fishing south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge has been on the slow side overall. Few people have been out fishing in the area.

Tacoma: The fishing has been good with a number of limits being caught. The best action seems to be from the Three Tree Point to the Redondo area and down to Browns Point. The key has been running your gear at different depths until you find the schools of fish.

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