Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will appear in Saturday’s paper.
American: Look for the rainbow trout holding among the weeds in shallow water. Try using yellow Power Bait on a 4-foot leader. Some of the fish are topping 20 inches long.
Munn: The lake is still fishing well for trout. Go with white leeches fished on an intermediate- or fast-sink line.
Offut: The fishing for trout has improved, with most people catching their limits of rainbow trout. Some people are catching their limits in close to an hour. Dock anglers are using worms and Power Bait fished off the bottom on a 1- or 2-foot leader.
Pass: Try fishing a leech pattern on a sinking line and keep your fly close to the bottom. As long as the mild weather holds, the fishing for rainbow trout should remain good to very good. Try using smaller wooley buggers, beadhead mohair leeches and micro leeches in normal blacks, olive, brown or maroon.
Spencer: The fishing has been fishing very well for trout. People are using worms and Power Bait fished off the bottom, casting and trolling Mepps or Roostertail spinners. Island Lake also has been fishing well.
Minter: The chum action has been very good, but there are less and less bright fish being caught. There also are plenty of fellow anglers trying their luck as well.
Nisqually: The fishing has been slowed by high, dirty water. A few people are catching some chum salmon, but the action is far from good.
Olympic Coast: The fishing has been fair for winter-run steelhead. Anglers are catching some hatchery fish, but the runs are just getting started. The rivers are flowing a bit high, but could be unfishable if the rain in the forecast does come in.
Fly fishing: The searun cutthroat trout action remains good to very good. The Purdy Spit has been a good option, especially on an outgoing tide. Baitfish patterns and woolly buggers all in olive, have been working best. Remember, searuns must be released.
South Sound: The wind this week has kept many people off the water, but a few blackmouth are being caught. People fishing along the slag pile and down to Point Defiance had some shelter from the wind and found some fish. The squid fishing has been very good from local docks.