While the river fishing has been fair, that was before this latest storm hit the region. Anglers should check flows before they head out because many rivers have become very high. The Hoh River, for example, normally runs about 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) this time of year. Tuesday morning, flows were measured at 10,200 cfs.
Cowlitz: Anglers are catching some steelhead — a mix of summer and winter runs — around the trout hatchery. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 421 coho adults, 69 jacks, 63 winter-run steelhead, 37 cutthroat trout, 16 summer-run steelhead, three fall chinook adults and one jack during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery.
Lewis: North Fork bank anglers are catching some steelhead, while boat anglers are catching some chinook. Flows below Lake Merwin are high, about 150 percent higher than the long-term mean for this time of year.
Minter: There are still plenty of chum salmon in the creek, but the vast majority are very dark. Despite high and dirty water, people are using green jigs under a bobber to catch fish.
Nisqually: There are mixed reports coming in, with some people saying they’re catching some chum and even a few coho. But other people are going home empty-handed. Pink jigs or green corkies and yarn are producing some fish.
Puyallup: A few people have been catching some chum using green corkies and yarn or casting a green spinner.
Skykomish: The Reiter Ponds section was fishing fairly good early this week. Some people are catching their limits of steelhead. Jigs fished under a float have been most effective.
Tilton: A total of 173 coho adults, 24 jacks, three fall chinook adults, 12 cutthroat trout, and one winter-run steelhead were released into the river at Gust Backstrom Park last week.
Yakima: Swinging streamers, like a small olive Sculpzilla or an olive-and-brown bunny leech, on a sinking tip line is effective in the morning. As the day warms up, switch to nymphs such as a Brassie or a red midge with a black beard in sizes 16 and 18.
North Sound: Despite the poor weather, fishing off the beaches on the west side of Whidbey Island is showing signs of improvement. People are catching steelhead, including some bright hatchery fish.
South Sound: The salmon fishing in the Tacoma area has been very slow as few people have been willing to fight the weather. The chum fishing in the Olympia area also has been slow.
American: People are catching rainbow trout, including a report of a 6-pound fish landed. Yellow Power Bait seems to be the go-to bait, fished on a leader about 4 feet long.
Rattlesnake: The trout fishing has been on the slow side. People are catching some rainbows on chironomids.
Washington: The cutthroat trout action has been fair in recent days. Trolling Rapalas 40-60 feet deep has been effective. A few kokanee also are being caught, but down around 30 feet.Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-5978640 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure Contributing to this report: Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, gamefishin.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com, washingtonflyfishing.com