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Fishing report: River fishing shows signs of improving

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Dec. 14, 2012 at 11:33 am |
December 14, 2012 11:33 am

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

As long as we don’t get a lot of rain, river conditions should be good this weekend, although they might be a bit high.

Rivers

Green: People are catching a mix of steelhead and cutthroat trout near Flaming Geyser State Park. People are reporting have success fishing with pink worms or eggs.

Humptulips: People are catching a mix of coho and steelhead, and an occasional late but still bright chinook.

Olympic Coast: The steelhead action has been improving. The Bogachiel has been a good spot to try. Jigs under a float have been working well.

Satsop: Although rivers are a bit high, anglers are catching some coho here and on the Wynoochee and Humptulips. People also are catching some wild and hatchery steelhead. Jigs under a bobber, as well as sand shrimp and eggs all are working well.

Yakima: The mild weather has made for some good fishing. Streamers on sink-tip lines, midge pupa or stonefly nymphs on floating lines with indicators are working well. Look for the trout holding in slow water, moving about walking pace.

Lakes

Munn: The lake is fishing very well these days. But the action has been mostly with chironomids fished under an indicator on a floating line. The best method is getting your fly 1-2 feet above the weeds, so try using a 12- to 15-foot leader.

Offut: Some limits of rainbow trout are still being caught. Pink and yellow Power Eggs fished on a 1- to 2-foot leader off the bottom has been the best set up. Most of the fish are measuring 14-18 inches.

Saltwater

Beaches: The current razor clam dig continues through Sunday. The low tide times and beaches open are Saturday at 8:01 p.m., -1.6 feet, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach and Copalis; and Sunday, 8:47 p.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Long Beach. No digging is allowed before noon.

Fly fishing: The Tacoma Narrows has been the hot spot for resident coho salmon. Some of the fish are measuring 17 inches long. The fishing has been very good at Titlow Park. Euphasid and baitfish patterns are working well.

South Sound: The fishing for blackmouth remains very slow. Fishing in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) closes the end of the month. The squid action remains very good. People have been catching them off docks in Tacoma and Steilacoom, including some being caught during the day.

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