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Fishing report: Improved salmon action

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm with No Comments »
November 16, 2012 1:15 pm


Chehalis: Coho fishing has been good to very good. Spinners, plugs and eggs all seem to work. The key has been moving around looking for the fish or anchoring and waiting for them to come to you. It is a similar story on the Satsop.

Cowlitz: The river is producing some good numbers of coho as well as a few winter-run steelhead. Try the area around Blue Creek for steelhead and the area around the barrier dam for coho. Back troll plugs or use eggs or jigs under a float.

Green: The fishing has been fair to good, with anglers catching mostly chum with some coho and steelhead as well. Jigs or flies in yellow or pink are working well, as are Dick Nite spoons tipped with green.

Olympic Coast: The fishing has been OK at best. The coho run just hasn’t appeared in the numbers that were anticipated. The Hoh would be a good place to start, but it has not been very good.

Skagit: The coho action has been decent in the Hamilton-Lyman area. Boat anglers are casting plugs into the slack water areas. Try a Brad’s Wigglers in the BW-29 color, though fire tiger, or flourescent red herringbone, red and pink all are producing fish. Twitching a jig tipped with a small piece of sand shrimp or prawn has been productive too.


Fly fishing: The searun cutthroat trout fishing remains very good. Try surface flies, sculpins, sand lances or Clouser minnows. Anglers also are finding chum. Try small flies in chartreuse.

North Sound: The blackmouth fishing has been fair to good. Possession Point and Satchet Head areas on Whidbey Island and Jefferson Head in Marine Area 10 have been producing good numbers of fish. Try 4- or 5-inch Tomic or Silver Horde glow plugs in mother of pearl with green highlights.

South Sound: Blackmouth are being caught while fishing just off the bottom. They are feeding on both herring and squid, so use small spoons or smaller sizes of hoochies behind glow and ultraviolet-finished flashers. Anglers fishing south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and near Green Point have been reporting good catches.


American: Can’t say the fishing is anywhere close to red hot, but patient anglers are reeling in some big rainbow trout. Some are topping 20 inches long. Try yellow dough bait fished off the bottom.

Potholes: Fishing for yellow perch remains excellent. They are being caught in water 16 feet deep and deeper in the Lind Coulee area and near Goose Island. The smallmouth action is good along the face of O’Sullivan Dam. The Crab Creek area is producing some largemouth bass as well. Walleye fishing is still slow.

Spanaway: The pressure has been very light. Fly fishing with a chironomid pattern is producing brown trout, some weighing 3-4 pounds. Worms fished off the bottom are producing cutthroat trout. The park will close at 3 p.m. Sunday to allow crews to prepare for the Fantasy Lights walk.

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