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Fishing report: Decent river action, lakes a little slow

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:43 am |
January 4, 2013 10:43 am

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


Cowlitz: Anglers are catching mostly steelhead these. The best action has been around the trout hatchery. Fish close to the brush with small gear with current river conditions.

Lewis: Anglers are catching steelhead and some fall chinook, primarily from the North Fork around the salmon hatchery. Most of the chinook were released.

Olympic Coast: The steelhead action has been pretty good with the rivers in really good shape. The Hoh has been fishing as well as any other river in the area. There is a bit of rain in the forecast, but not enough to hurt the fishing.

Yakima: The trout fishing has been fair, but the fish being caught are the larger rainbows. Look to run streamers through the slower water. Try using a Dali Lama or sculpin pattern in sizes 4-6, or a Pat’s stonefly nymph with a zebra midge as a dropper.


American: Anglers are reporting they’re catching some rainbow trout. Most people are fishing off the bottom with a dough bait or Power Eggs. Yellow seems to be the best color.

Munn: The action has really slowed down in the last few weeks. The action should pick back up as temperatures warm.


Fly fishing: The beach action for resident coho has been good on both sides of the Tacoma Narrows. Boat anglers and kayakers are doing better, because the fish seem to be holding out a little father from shore. People are doing well with baitfish patterns, with all color variations working well.

South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 is closed and the action in Marine Area 13 has been slow. The squid fishing remains very good. There were reports of good action in Steilacoom and from Tacoma docks.

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