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Tag: Nisqually River


Fishing report: Good trout action in area lakes

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


Green: The steelhead action is slowly improving. The Flaming Geyser State Park and state Route 18 bridge area have been the best spots. Bank anglers should try sand shrimp on a jig or under a bobber, or spinners and spoons. Boat anglers are having the best success, pulling plugs.

Naches: The fishing has been good for cutthroat trout. Use any terrestial pattern in size 10. The river level is still high enough to float with a raft.

Nisqually: There have been few reports, but

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Fishing issues on Skokomish, Nisqually and Puyallup rivers topic of meeting tonight


The state is holding a meeting tonight to discuss potential changes in fishing rules to curb illegal fishing practices, particularly on the Skokomish River.

The meeting is set to run from 6-8 p.m. in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., Olympia.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife scheduled the meeting to discuss this year’s salmon returns and potential fishing seasons in southern Puget Sound as part of the season-setting process, also known as North of Falcon.

Attendees will have the chance to talk to fishery managers about the pre-season

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Pink and coho salmon should provide good fishing this year

Anglers in the South Sound should see this year fishing seasons and quotas that will be similar to those last year.

That was the assessment offered Friday by Pat Pattillo, the salmon policy lead for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife following a meeting at which salmon forecasts for the coming year were released.

The forecasts will be the basis of negotiations over the next month leading to the establishing of recreational, commercial and tribal fishing season.

The bright spots for Puget Sound anglers this year will be pink and coho salmon.

More than half of the 6.2 million

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Lower Nisqually River to close Sunday because of low chum return

The state is closing a portion of the Nisqually River to fishing beginning Sunday morning. Fishing in the river, from the mouth to the military tank crossing bridge located one mile upstream of the mouth of Muck Creek, will close at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

With spawning surveys and harvest information available to date, state Department of Fish and Wildlife managers are concerned the winter chum return is not as abundant as forecast and has the potential to fall short of the escapement goal. Given this information and the need to achieve shared conservation goals, both the department and the Nisqually

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Fishing report: It’s a mixed bag out there

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


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

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Fishing report: Trout lakes continue to fish well

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

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