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Fishing report: Opportunities improve

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 6, 2012 at 11:43 am |
November 6, 2012 11:43 am

Here are some of the highlights from the fishing report that will appear in Wedneday’s Sports section..

Rivers

Cowlitz: Anglers are catching fall chinook, but they are being released due to their condition or they are wild fish. People also are catching coho primarily near the salmon hatchery. Some searun cutthroat trout and steelhead were caught around the trout hatchery.

Green: People are catching coho and chum are all over the river, as well as some trout. There are plenty of fish between Metzler Park and Flaming Geyser State Park. Try swinging purple and pink leeches.

Minter: More chum are starting to show up, but still not in great numbers. There are reports of some big fish in the stream. Anglers are reporting a lot of foul hook ups, meaning the fish has to be released.

Olympic Coast: The rivers have been decent but got blown out by rain on Sunday. The salmon fishing has been fair this season. Anglers should find some coho in the Sol Duc.

Lakes

Alder: Fishing has been best later in the day, with kokanee hitting trolled Wedding Rings tipped with white shoepeg corn.

American: The rainbow trout fishing has been steady if not hot. People are reporting consistent catches of fish measuring around 12 inches long at the Northwest Adventure Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Try using yellow Power Bait about 4 feet off the bottom.

Merwin: Folks are catching a few kokanee. People are trolling the section lake near the Speelyai boat launch.

Saltwater

Hoodsport: Action at the hatchery has finally turned very good. State creel samples over the weekend showed people were averaging more than a fish taken home per person. On Friday, the average was two fish per person.

South Sound: There has been some improvement in the salmon fishing but the action remains fair. Over the weekend, people fishing Tacoma waters caught mostly blackmouth and just a few chum. Crab fishing in Marine Area 13 has been good, but not a lot of limits. Set your pots at Wollochet Bay and in the Nisqually River delta.

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