FISHING REPORT

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comDecember 7, 2013 

LAKES

Cady: Chironomids or leeches fished slow and deep are producing some good catches of rainbow trout.

Harts: A few trout are being caught, but the fish have been sluggish because of the cold water. Those who are braving the cold are using yellow, pink or white Power Eggs.

Offut: People who have the patience are catching some nice rainbow trout. Most people are using Power Bait tipped with a bit of nightcrawler.

Potholes: The action has slowed down largely because of the frigid temperatures, but trout and perch are being caught in the Medicare Beach area. The lake is free of ice, for the most part, and launches on the south side are open.

Spanaway: Dock anglers are catching some rainbow and brown trout measuring around 12 inches, using worms with a marshmallow on a 4-foot leader. Boat traffic has been very light.

RIVERS

Chehalis: This might be one of the best location to try as coho, and a good number of chum salmon have been caught in recent days. No. 5 Vibrax spinners and Fat Fish plugs cast to the bank have been effective. When the water is high, try using sardine-wrapped 5.0 Mag Lip plugs.

Cowlitz: People are catching some early winter-run steelhead, but they are having to put in their time.

Green: The fishing has been fair, with some people catching chum and occasional steelhead. Red or pink jigs, tipped with shrimp, fished under a float have been working.

Nisqually: The fishing remains slow, although there are some reports of people catching a few chum.

Olympic Coast: The rivers are in good shape, but the fishing has been slow because there are not a lot of fish in the systems yet. The water has been cold and clear, also slowing the action.

Puyallup: Reports indicate the chum action is picking up. Corkies and yarn in black, green, or black with pink have been effective. River flows have dropped back to normal for this time of year, about 3,500 cubic feet per second.

Satsop: People are still catching coho, as well as some steelhead. Spinners have been most effective, but jigs and eggs also are resulting in catches. It is a similar story on the Humptulips and Wynoochee.

Yakima: The trout action has been slowed by cold temperatures, but falling river levels should help some. While still twice as high as normals, flows dropped to 2,100 cfs Friday morning.

SALT WATER

Beaches: A razor clam dig concludes Saturday at Twin Harbors. The low tide of -0.3 feet will take place at 9:56 p.m. Additional digs are scheduled for Dec. 14-18 and Dec. 29-31, if tests show clams are safe to eat.

Fly fishing: The beach action has been slowed by the cold weather. There are still pockets of searun cutthroat trout out there, but you have to spend some time to find them. Resident coho also are being caught off local beaches. Remember that searun cutthroat must be released.

South Sound: Few people have been heading out because of the weather, but those who are have been catching some blackmouth. Try along the slag pile from the Point Defiance Boathouse to Les Davis Pier in water 120-150 feet deep. Dash Point and Les Davis piers have produced some squid.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, washingtonlakes.com, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co., Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, gamefishin.com, Don Wells at Harts Lake Resort, salmonuniversity.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, steelheaduniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center, Bob Gooding at Olympic Sporting Goods. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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