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Fishing report: It’s a mixed bag out there

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Dec. 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
December 7, 2012 12:24 pm

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

Rivers

Cowlitz: Freedrifting has been producing some steelhead, even though water levels remain high. Shore fishing has been best around Blue Creek.

Green: There are still plenty of chum in the river, but the vast majority of the fish are very dark. Any kind of gear in green has been producing bites. The steelhead fishing has been slow.

Humptulips: The late coho are starting show up and the fishing has been fair to good. A few steelhead also are being caught. Spinners and plugs have been productive.

Nisqually: The action isn’t great, but people are catching some bright chum salmon. The best action has been before high tide with a chartreuse jog fished under a bobber. Some people also said they have caught some coho.

Lakes

Offut: People are still catching some good-size rainbow trout, but fewer people are catching limits. Fishing Power Bait or Power Eggs on a 2-foot leader off the bottom seems to be working best.

Potholes: Walleye fishing is improving. Angles are using blade baits fishing the humps off the sand dunes and in the Lind Coulee area. Swim baits are producing some large walleye for bank fishers from O’Sullivan Dam and Lind Coulee.

Saltwater

Fly fishing: The beach fishing has been decent for resident coho in the Tacoma Narrows. The fish aren’t big, about 12-14 inches, but there are plenty of them. Try using pink and white or chartreuse and white Clouse minnows and baitfish patterns.

South Sound: The weather has kept most people ashore, and those who have gone out are having some trouble finding fish. One angler reported catching a 15-pound blackmouth off the slag pile. The squid jigging off Tacoma docks has been good. It’s same news in the Olympia area. People are catching a few blackmouth trolling off Lyle Point and Devil’s Head.

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