Washington River Reports

Washington River Reports 02/02/2016

Cowlitz smelt: Fishery managers have also approved a six-hour recreational smelt fishery Feb. 6. Anglers will be able to dip for smelt from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. The limit will be 10 pounds per person, about one quarter of a 5-gallon bucket. No dipping will be allowed from a boat. Just like in the last two years, the fishery is taking place to help biologists gather data on the abundance of smelt.

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Fly Fishing 02/26/2014

Fly-fishing film: The Fly Fishing Film Tour stops in Gig Harbor on Wednesday at the Galaxy Theater, 4649 Point Fosdick Drive NW. The event is sponsored by the Gig Harbor Fly Shop and proceeds benefit the Native Fish Society. Tickets are $12 at the fly shop and $15 at the event. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit thef3t.com or call 253-851-3474.

More info on Fly Fishing

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Smelt 02/03/2015

Sports fishermen with with dip nets will be allowed to dip for smelt along the Cowlitz River bank from 6 a.m.-noon Saturday and Feb. 14. Each dip-netter can keep 10 pounds of smelt (about one-quarter of a five-gallon bucket) per day, with no more than one day's limit in possession.

Smelt 01/30/2015

Recreational dipping for smelt in the Cowlitz River will be open from 6 a.m.-noon Feb. 7 and 14, part of an effort to gauge smelt population growth.
Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon on Wednesday approved the move, as well as a recreational fishery in Oregon’s Sandy River and a commerical fishery in the Columbia River. It is the second straight year limited dipping will be allowed because the species was listed in 2010 as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Each Cowlitz angler may keep 10 pounds of smelt per day, with no more than one day’s limit in possession. Ten pounds is about a quarter of a five-gallon bucket. No fishing license is required to dip for smelt in Washington.
In 2014, sport dippers caught an estimated 198,000 pounds of smelt in the Cowlitz during two days of good fishing in early March. The mainstem commercial fishery harvested an estimated 18,600 pounds of fish in February.

Smelt Reports for 2014/2015

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RIVER REPORTS

Black River 10/02/2015

BLACK: Effective Friday (Oct. 2) fishing restrictions on the river in Thurston and Grays Harbor counties have been lifted. The river was closed to protect fish due to low water conditions.

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Bogachiel River

Also see Olympic Peninsula River Reports below........

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Calawah River



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Carbon River 12/18/2015

Carbon: The action is less than ideal, but people are catching an occasional coho.

Carbon River 12/08/2015

Carbon: Closed to salmon fishing but open for catch-and-release. Anglers can keep two hatchery steelhead.

Carbon River 12/04/2015

Carbon: Anglers are reminded the river is closed to salmon fishing but open as a catch-and-release fishery for other game fish. People can, however, keep two hatchery steelhead.

Carbon River 10/27/2015

CARBON: Worth trying, says a staffer at Auburn Sports and Marine. Conditions seem good for fishing with several anglers trying this river. Some have had luck with eggs and using a twitching technique.

Carbon River 10/20/2015

CARBON: Multiple reports indicate coho are still biting even though the action isn’t particularly hot.

Carbon River 10/13/2015

CARBON: Coho and pink salmon have been biting lately.

Carbon River 10/06/2015

CARBON: Slow overall, but some anglers are catching pink salmon and coho.

Carbon River 10/02/2015

CARBON: The action has slowed this week, but people are still catching some pink salmon and an occasional coho salmon.

Carbon River 09/25/2015

CARBON: Anglers have had luck landing cohos and pinks.

Carbon River 09/22/2015

CARBON: Anglers have been catching salmon (cohos and pinks).

Carbon River 09/18/2015

CARBON: Anglers are catching a mix of coho and pink salmon.

Carbon River 09/08/2015

CARBON: The salmon fishing has been on the slow side.

Carbon River 09/04/2015

CARBON: Anglers are reporting decent catches of chinook and pink salmon since the river opened Tuesday.

Carbon River 09/01/2015

CARBON: The Big J’s Outdoor Store fishing derby runs through Sept. 7, and already a few anglers have come through the Orting store to weigh their fish. The pinks showing up in the river have been average size.

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Cascade River 12/25/2015

Cascade: This river near Marblemount has rewarded many steelhead anglers who’ve made the long drive.

More info on the Cascade River

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Cedar River 07/15/2014

Cedar: Anglers are hooking some trout using beadhead Woolly Buggers in black or olive. Be sure to fish early, before the swimmers hit the water later on these warm mornings. If there is a hatch in the evening, try an elk hair caddis dry fly with an emerger dropper.

Cedar River Basin Map & Info

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Chambers Creek



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Chehalis River 10/23/2015

CHEHALIS: Plenty of coho are being caught, including a number of limits, from the Satsop downstream through Aberdeen. Most anglers are twitching jigs or casting spinners.

Chehalis River 10/09/2015

CHEHALIS: The fishing has been slow throughout the system, but people are catching some chinook in the Humptulips. Try bouncing pink jigs along the bottom.

Chehalis River 02/20/2015

CHEHALIS: Steelhead are biting.

Chehalis River 01/20/2015

CHEHALIS: Overall, the fishing has been fair as of late. Some people are still hooking into a late arriving coho salmon.

Chehalis River 01/02/2015

CHEHALIS: Fishing has been good for some, according to a recent washingtonlakes.com report.

Chehalis River Basin Map & Info

Chehalis River Salmon Fishing in Tidewater

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Cispus River 01/12/2016

Cispus: Tacoma Power released three coho adults, two jacks and a winter-run steelhead last week near the mouth of Yellow Jack Creek.

Cispus River 01/05/2016

Cispus: Tacoma Power released 12 coho jacks last week near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Cispus River 12/22/2015

Cispus: Last week, Tacoma Power employees released six coho adults, three jacks and one winter-run steelhead near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Cispus River 11/03/2015

CISPUS: Last week, Tacoma Power released 125 coho adults and 311 jacks near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

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Columbia River Reports 02/02/2016

Columbia: Bonneville Pool has produced some steelhead, while few fishermen have been working The Dalles and John Day pools. Steelhead returns on the lower river hatcheries are behind last year’s numbers, according to a state report. Sturgeon may be retained in the Bonneville Pool through Sunday. The state reported productive walleye fishing at The Dalles and John Day pools.

Columbia River Reports 01/29/2016

Columbia: Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon have set the initial spring chinook fishing season. From March 1-April 9, people fishing down river of the Bonneville Dam will be able to keep one hatchery adult spring chinook as part of their daily limit. The sport fishery will be closed March 29 and April 5 to accommodate possible commercial fisheries. Upstream of the dam, anglers will be able to keep one hatchery spring from March 16-May 6. Sturgeon fishing between the Bonneville and The Dalles dams will close Feb. 8.

Columbia River Reports 01/19/2016

Columbia: Boat anglers are catching a few sturgeon in the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools. Anglers also are catching some steelhead in the John Day Pool.

Columbia River Reports 01/12/2016

Columbia: The Dalles and John Day pools have produced steelhead for boat anglers, according to Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife reports. However, only the John Day Pool has been kind to bank anglers. Anglers are catching some legal-size sturgeon in The Dalles and John Day pools. Boat anglers are doing better in the John Day Pool, while boat and bank anglers are catching legals in The Dalles.

Columbia River Reports 01/05/2016

Columbia: Sturgeon fishing has been best for boat anglers, and bank anglers aren’t catching fish, according to the WDFW. The Dalles and John Day pools have seen a light effort for walleye but none for bass, according to WDFW records.

Columbia River Reports 12/29/2015

Columbia: Sturgeon season starts Friday. Anglers can keep legal-size sturgeon caught on the river and adjacent tributaries between the Bonneville and The Dalles dams (38-54 inches) and between The Dalles and McNary dams (43-54 inches). Also starting Friday, anglers can keep two hatchery adult chinook caught downstream of the Interstate 5 bridge. Chinook fishing will be closed upstream of the bridge.

Columbia River Reports 12/25/2015

Columbia: On Jan. 1, anglers can keep two hatchery adult chinook downstream of the Interstate 5 bridge, but the river is closed upstream of the bridge. Also on that date, anglers can keep sturgeon caught on the rivers or adjacent tributaries between the Bonneville and The Dalles dams (38-54 inches) and between The Dalles and McNary dams (43-54 inches). State officials expect the sturgeon winter season closure date to be determined in late January.

Columbia River Reports 12/22/2015

Columbia: Starting Jan. 1, anglers may retain two hatchery adult chinook salmon per day on the main stem downstream of the Interstate 5 bridge. The river will be closed upstream of the bridge.

Columbia River Reports 12/11/2015

Columbia: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says preliminary counts indicate the fall chinook run was 1.4 million fish, the most since 1962. The outlook for 2016 released earlier this week predicts an above-average year. Odds are slim of significant recreational smelt dipping this season, according to Washington and Oregon fishery managers.

Eastern Wa. River Basin Map & Info

Ocean Fishing out of the Columbia River

Columbia River History

Salmon for All - Columbia River History

More info on Sturgeon Fishing

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Coweeman 01/12/2016

Coweeman: Three bank anglers combined for just one catch last week, according to WDFW reports. The wild steelhead was released.

Coweeman 12/22/2015

Coweeman: A WDFW sample showed seven bank anglers caught zero fish.

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Cowlitz River 02/02/2016

Cowlitz: Steelhead fishing is improving, according to a recent state report. A Department of Fish and Wildlife survey last week found that 18 bank anglers kept five hatchery winter-run steelhead and four boat anglers kept one. Fish were caught throughout the river. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 37 coho adults, three jacks, and 54 winter-run steelhead and cutthroat. On Saturday, smelt fishing will be allowed from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. No dipping is allowed from boats and each dip-netter has a 10-pound limit. A recent state report said, “Prospects look good for the Cowlitz sport fishery this Saturday.” Good numbers of smelt were reportedly caught in the commercial fishery Monday near Longview.

Cowlitz River 01/29/2016

Cowlitz smelt: Fishery managers have also approved a six-hour recreational smelt fishery Feb. 6. Anglers will be able to dip for smelt from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. The limit will be 10 pounds per person, about one quarter of a 5-gallon bucket. No dipping will be allowed from a boat. Just like in the last two years, the fishery is taking place to help biologists gather data on the abundance of smelt.

Cowlitz River 01/26/2016

Cowlitz: The steelhead fishing has been very slow, based on state creel samples. A check of 14 bank anglers showed they had kept just one hatchery steelhead. Three boat anglers had no catch.

Cowlitz River 01/19/2016

Cowlitz: While there was no report on angling success, last week Tacoma Power recovered 52 coho adults, 19 jacks and four winter run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Cowlitz River 01/12/2016

Cowlitz: No report of angling success last week, according to WDFW reports. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 68 coho adults, 24 jacks, 13 winter-run steelhead and two cutthroat at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Cowlitz River 01/05/2016

Cowlitz: Last week Tacoma Power recovered 90 coho adults, 33 jacks and 14 winter-run steelhead

Cowlitz River 12/29/2015

Cowlitz: Starting Friday the limit for hatchery chinook on the lower river will be two. Last week Tacoma Power employees recovered 76 coho adults, 17 jacks, two fall chinook adults and three winter run steelhead at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Cowlitz River 12/25/2015

Cowlitz: No recent reports, according to the state. Starting Jan. 1, anglers can keep two hatchery chinook on the lower river.

Cowlitz River 12/22/2015

Cowlitz: No recent reports according to the WDFW. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 38 coho adults, 12 jacks, one summer-run steelhead, four winter-run steelhead, and one cutthroat trout at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Cowlitz River 12/15/2015

Cowlitz: River conditions have slowed the action. According to state creel checks of 10 bank anglers, they caught and released one adult and three jack coho. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 505 coho adults, 175 jacks, six summer-run steelhead, six winter-run steelhead and six cutthroat trout in five days at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Cowlitz River 12/11/2015

Cowlitz: Before this week’s heavy rain, coho were biting near the barrier dam and steelhead could be caught near the trout hatchery.

Cowlitz River 12/08/2015

Cowlitz: A count by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife last week showed 13 boat anglers caught one winter-run steelhead, two adult fall chinook and released one wild winter-run steelhead. More anglers (73) fished from the bank and caught 15 fish. Coho were caught at the barrier dam while steelhead were found near the trout hatchery. Cutthroat were in both areas, according to the report.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 300 coho adults, 230 jacks, one fall chinook adult, three summer-run steelhead, seven winter-run steelhead and 13 cutthroat trout at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. It released 28 coho adults and 29 jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Cowlitz River Basin Map & Info (PDF File)

Friends of the Cowlitz

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Deschutes River



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Duwamish River



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Eastern Washington Rivers



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Grays River



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Green River (King County) 12/11/2015

Green: Harry says this river, like most around the region, is in no shape for fishing.

Green River (King County) 12/08/2015

Green: The upper river between Cristy Creek at Flaming Geyser State Park to the water pipeline walk bridge downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam is open through Jan. 31.

Green River (King County) 12/04/2015

Green: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has opened the upper portion of the river for trout and other game fish through Jan. 31. The newly open stretch is from the mouth of Cristy Creek at Flaming Geyser State Park to the water pipeline walk bridge a half-mile downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam. With chinook and coho spawning complete, anglers in that area can now fish for hatchery steelhead. The fishing overall has been slow.

Green River Basin Map & Info

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Hoh River 12/25/2015

Hoh: Very little action on the Olympic Peninsula judging by recent state fishing reports. The Bogachiel and Calawah have been the best options.

Hoh River 05/26/2015

HOH: The state announced the river and South Fork will be closed to all recreational fishing June 6-July 13. The state said the river’s population of spring/summer chinook has been near or below the escapement goal of 900 the past nine years. The closure will reduce encounters and mortalities of spring chinook that occur while anglers are targeting other fish. The Hoh Tribe also has proposed a fishing schedule that reduces their impacts on wild spring/summer chinook; and Olympic National Park has closed the watershed to fishing.

Hoh River 05/19/2015

HOH: Olympic National Park recently announced closures “due to concerns about the status, trends, and escapement of Hoh River Chinook salmon.” The closure includes the upper Hoh, the south fork, all tributaries and the portion of the river’s mouth located in the park
The mouth is expected to reopen Sept. 1 while the other closures are expected to be lifted Nov. 1.
“This emergency closure is designed to maximize the protection of wild spring/summer chinook salmon in Olympic National Park,” read a statement from the park. “The state and tribal forecast for spring/summer chinook is expected to be below the escapement floor of 900 adults.”
Escapement chinook are those that make it past commercial and recreational fisheries to spawning grounds.
“The National Park Service seeks to provide diverse recreational fishing opportunities while ensuring the preservation and restoration of native fish,” Olympic superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said in a prepared statement. “However, with the run size at low numbers it is critical to provide additional protection for Chinook.”

Also see the Olympic Peninsula River Reports Below.

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Humptulips River 12/29/2015

Humptulips: Not many reports of late, Albertson said.

Humptulips River 12/18/2015

Humptulips: People have been catching coho, but the river and the others in the area will likely be out of shape for the weekend.

Humptulips River 12/04/2015

Humptulips: People are catching a mix of coho, chinook and some early steelhead. Only a portion of the river is open right now.

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Icicle River 05/19/2015

ICICLE: The river opens Wednesday for spring chinook fishing. Adipose-present spring chinook must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior. All spring chinook with one or more round holes punched in tail fin must be released.

Icicle River 05/22/2015

ICICLE: The chinook fishing is off to a good start, but that also means there will likely be a large crowd of anglers this weekend. Cured eggs and brined herring have been effective baits. The Wenatchee River opens Saturday.

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John's Creek



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Kalama River 01/12/2016

Kalama: WDFW reports show 63 bank anglers kept seven hatchery steelhead and released four while two boat anglers kept one hatchery steelhead last week. Rules require anglers to retain all hatchery steelhead catches.

Kalama River 12/29/2015

Kalama: Starting Friday, the limit for hatchery adult chinook will be one.

Kalama River 12/22/2015

Kalama: Last week, 31 bank anglers kept two hatchery steelhead and released two wild steelhead according to WDFW. No boat anglers were sampled.

Kalama River 12/15/2015

Kalama: Action has been slow in recent weeks. Starting Jan. 1, the daily limit for hatchery adult chinook will be one.

Port of Kalama

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Kennedy Creek 11/13/2015

KENNEDY: Chum action has been fair in the last week.

Kennedy Creek 11/06/2015

KENNEDY: Chum salmon fishing has started but is still not red-hot. Anglers have been averaging more than one chum per person, based on state creel samples. Those number should improve in the coming weeks.

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Klickitat River 11/10/2015

KLICKITAT: Coho are biting in the lower river and at the mouth.

Klickitat River 05/19/2015

KLICKITAT: Anglers are catching spring chinook from the bank below the Fisher Hill Bridge.

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Lewis River 01/19/2016

Lewis: The steelhead fishing has been slow on the East Fork.

Lewis River 01/12/2016

Lewis: On the East Fork, WDFW reports show 22 bank anglers combined to catch one hatchery steelhead (kept) and one wild steelhead (released) last week. Boat anglers had better luck, with two combining to catch three wild steelhead and one wild chinook. All fish were released.

Lewis River 01/05/2016

LEWIS: A WDFW survey showed that 81 anglers kept four hatchery steelhead and released four wild steelhead last week.

Lewis River 12/29/2015

Lewis: Starting Friday the daily limit for hatchery adult chinook is one.

Lewis River 12/25/2015

Lewis: A state survey last week showed 10 bank anglers released caught one wild steelhead. It was released. Starting Jan. 1, the daily limit for hatchery adult chinook will be one.

Lewis River 12/22/2015

Lewis: Last week WDFW sample showed 10 bank anglers released one wild steelhead. No boats were sampled.

Lewis River 12/08/2015

Lewis: Last week WDFW surveyed 10 bank anglers on the mainstem. None of the anglers caught fish. On the North Fork, 19 anglers caught three hatchery adult coho, and 15 boat anglers kept five adult chinook and released an adult coho.

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Methow River 10/27/2015

METHOW: Steelhead are biting often enough to make this river worth the trip to north central Washington for some west side anglers.

Methow River 03/27/2015

METHOW: The river from the mouth to the confluence of the Chewuch River in Winthrop will close to steelhead and whitefish fishing one hour after official sunset Tuesday.

Methow River info

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Mill Creek 12/22/2015

Mill Creek: Dec. 31 is the last day to fish for steelhead.

Mill Creek 03/30/2015

MILL CREEK: Salmon and steelhead fishing closes March 15.

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Minter Creek 11/23/2013

Minter: Chum have arrived, in big numbers. Some of the fish are already dark. Green corkies and yarn is the best setup to start.

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Naches River 06/12/2015

NACHES: Trout fishing has been a little slow since the river opened.

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Naselle 01/12/2016

Naselle: Chamberlain said anglers are doing “pretty well.”

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Nisqually River 01/12/2016

Nisqually: Closed last week to recreational fishing from the mouth upstream to the bridge located a mile north of the mouth of Muck Creek.

Nisqually River 01/08/2016

Nisqually: Anglers are reminded the river was closed to recreational fishing Wednesday. The closure runs from the mouth upstream to the military tank crossing bridge, a mile upstream from the mouth of Muck Creek.

Nisqually River 01/05/2016

Nisqually: Closed to recreational fishing from the mouth to the bridge located a mile upstream of Muck Creek. According to the WDFW rule change memo, the action was taken because surveys and harvest information left agency and Nisqually Indian Tribe officials concerned that winter chum returns are less than forecast and could fall short of the escapement goal.

Nisqually River Basin Map & Info

Nisqually River Management Program

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Nooksack River



Nooksack River Basin Map & Info

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North Sound 10/20/2015

NORTH SOUND: Portions of the Snohomish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie and Wallace rivers will close to salmon fishing Wednesday (Oct. 21).

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Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/29/2016

Olympic Coast: It is questionable if the rivers will be fishable this weekend. The Hoh was flowing at 26,700 cubic feet per second Thursday afternoon, but falling. There is rain in the forecast through Saturday. Despite high water last week, the Calwah produced some steelhead. A state creel check of 29 anglers showed a catch of 13 fish.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/26/2016

Olympic Coast: Hatchery fish have been moving into the area rivers in good numbers. The question will be the state of the rivers themselves. Heavy rain — including 2-3 inches possible Wednesday night (Jan. 27) — is in the forecast along the rivers, which have just become fishable again.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/15/2016

Olympic Coast: The steelhead fishing has been fair to good in most of the rivers around Forks. The Bogachiel and lower Hoh have been producing the most fish. As the rivers drop and clear, consider going with smaller offerings.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/12/2016

Olympic Peninsula: Recent reports indicate anglers are having success on the Calawah, Hoh and Humptulips rivers. Recent rain could improve fishing, Chamberlain said.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/08/2016

Olympic Coast: The steelhead fishing has been fair, based on state creel checks. People are catching fish on the Bogachiel, Calawah and Sol Duc, just not in large numbers. The action on the Hoh has been slow, with a few more fish being caught in the lower river. Rivers are running low and clear.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 12/25/2015

Very little action on the Olympic Peninsula judging by recent state fishing reports. The Bogachiel and Calawah have been the best options.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 12/18/2015

Olympic Coast: The rivers might be marginal this weekend after the recent rains. Flows were rising and the clarity was decreasing. There have been fish around, however, when the rivers are fishable.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 12/15/2015

Olympic Coast: If it doesn’t rain too much more, the coastal rivers should be in good shape as the weekend approaches. The fishing for hatchery steelhead and early native steelhead was fair to good before the heavy rains.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 12/11/2015

Olympic Peninsula: Mike Harry of Auburn Sports and Marine drove the entire peninsula this week looking for a place to fish. He didn’t have any luck. “It’s unbelievable,” Harry said. “There’s nothing.” His best guess is that rivers might be fishable sometime the middle of next week.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 12/04/2015

Olympic Coast: People are catching some limits of salmon and a few early winter-run steelhead. Fishing with jigs has been the most effective method.

Puyallup River Basin

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Perry (Thurston County) 11/27/2015

Perry: This Thurston County stream has been producing some good catches of chum salmon, according to recent state creel reports.

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Puyallup River 12/15/2015

Puyallup: Despite the fall in the river level, the fishing is extremely slow.

Puyallup River 11/24/2015

Puyallup: People are catching some chum salmon. With visibility in the water low, many people are using scented corkies and yarn. When the water clears, many people will switch to jigs under a float.

Puyallup River 11/13/2015

PUYALLUP: A few anglers were catching some chum before the river started rising. It was at 4,500 cfs (at the Puyallup gauge), up from about 2,700 cfs Thursday night.

Puyallup River 11/06/2015

PUYALLUP: The salmon action has been very slow.

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Queets River



Also see the Olympic Peninsula Rivers reports.

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Quillayute River 07/31/2015

QUILLAYUTE: The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will close the Quillayute River system effective Saturday. This closes the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah and Dickey rivers and all of their tributaries. The Quillayute is closed from the confluence of the Sol Duc and Boagchiel rivers downstream 475 yards to the fluorescent orange paint on the rocks.

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Quinault River



Also see the Olympic Peninsula Rivers Reports.

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Rocky Ford 11/06/2015

ROCKY FORD: While the water level has been up recently, people are still hooking rainbow trout. Small Woolly Bugger, scud and chironomid fly patterns have been productive.

Rocky Ford 02/24/2015

ROCKY FORD: Trout fishing has been good, but most fish being caught are small — 10-11 inches. Scuds, hare’s ear nymphs and leeches are effective flies.

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Salmon Creek 12/08/2015

Salmon Creek: Anglers are catching steelhead on this Clark County creek, according to the WDFW.

Salmon Creek 09/04/2015

SALMON: Recent rain has raised the river level sending hatchery coho upstream, leading Olympic National Park managers to reopen the river to recreational fishing for hatchery salmon. Wild chinook and wild coho must be released. Other emergency closures within the park remain in effect.

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Samish River 09/01/2015

SAMISH: People are landing chinook near Bow Edison.

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Satsop River 11/27/2015

Satsop: Fishing on the stretches of river that are open has been slow. It is a similar story on the Humptulips.

Satsop River 11/13/2015

SATSOP: A few people were catching salmon in the stretch that is open, but the river is blown out right now.

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Sauk River



More info on the Sauk River

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Skagit River 10/19/2015

Skagit river closed to protect low coho returns.

Skagit River 10/13/2015

Rain blew out the river over the weekend, but Chamberlain expects coho fishing to be good by the weekend.

Skagit River 09/15/2015

SKAGIT: Anglers are still catching pinks.

Skagit River 09/08/2015

SKAGIT: The coho fishing has been improving, and people are still catching plenty of pink salmon. Twitching jigs or fishing with eggs under a float have been producing strikes.

Skagit River Basin Map & info

Some of the Fishing reports come from John at John's Guide Service. Check out his site below.

More info on the Skagit River

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Skamokawa Creek 08/19/2015

SKAMOKAWA: All fishing on the creek will be closed starting Sept. 1.

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Skate Creek



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Skokomish River 11/13/2015

SKOKOMISH: The river was producing some chum and a few coho before the rain hit.

Skokomish River Channel (PDF)
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Skookumchuck River 03/27/2015

SKOOKUMCHUCK: People are catching a few steelhead, but the action is fair at best. Try drifting a nightmare patterned jig under a float.

Skookumchuck River 03/17/2015

SKOOKUMCHUCK: Poeple are catching some steelhead — just not in huge numbers. Orange and pink corkies in sizes 10 and 12 have been effective, as have nightmare-pattern jigs fished under a float.

Skookumchuck River 02/20/2015

SKOOKUMCHUCK: Steelhead are biting according to several reports.

Skookumchuck River 02/10/2015

Skookumchuck: Fishing should be good on the lower river, Bravo said.

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Skykomish River 02/02/2016

Skykomish: Action is slow, but Reiter Pond has worked for some fishermen.

Skykomish River 01/08/2016

Skykomish: The steelhead fishing has been fair to good. People are having success casting spoons into the seams.

Skykomish River 01/05/2016

Skykomish: Reiter Pond has been the best option for those trying to catch steelhead.

Skykomish River 12/29/2015

Skykomish: Anglers are having some luck fishing for steelhead, Albertson said.

Skykomish River 12/22/2015

Skykomish: Reiter Ponds area has been “fair but not hot by any means,” Chamberlain said. “But it’s the best action in our area at the present time.”

Skykomish River 12/11/2015

Skykomish: The Reiter Pond area was producing decent fishing before this week’s rain storms.

Skykomish River 12/08/2015

Skykomish: Not on fire, but not bad. That’s how Chamberlain describes the fishing for steelhead here. The Reiter Pond area has been the best option, but Chamberlain expects rain to have this river out of shape soon, “if it’s not already.” He suspects it will be OK by the weekend.

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Snake River 04/14/2015

SNAKE: The spring chinook fishery starts Sunday.

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Snohomish River 10/16/2015

SNOHOMISH: The action overall has been slow, but a few coho are being landed. Plugs seem more effective right now than eggs.

Snohomish River 10/09/2015

SNOHOMISH: People are catching a good number of coho. Some people are bumping eggs along the bottom, without a float. Others are twitching pink or purple/black jigs.

Snohomish River 10/02/2015

SNOHOMISH: This might be worth the drive north as anglers are reporting catching their limits of coho.

Snohomish River 09/15/2015

SNOHOMISH: Pinks are still biting in the free-flowing sections of the river. With rain in the forecast, Chamberlain expects coho fishing to start picking up on the lower river.

Snohomish River 09/01/2015

SNOHOMISH: Fishing has been steady, although anglers battled debris in the water from Saturday’s storm. The water level rose a little and the temperature cooled. Mostly pinks right now along with some coho.

Snohomish River Basin

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Snoqualmie River 01/19/2016

Snoqualmie: An occasional steelhead is being hooked.

Snoqualmie River 01/05/2016

Snoqualmie: Steelhead catches are few and far between. “We’re left scratching our head wondering why it’s so slow,” Chamberlain said.

Snoqualmie River 08/04/2015

SNOQUALMIE: Only steelhead game in town is near High Bridge and Goldbar. A few fish are being caught but only by fishermen who really know what they are doing. Only cooler weather and some rain will stop more river closures in the area.

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Sol Duc River



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Stillaguamish River 12/04/2015

Stillaguamish: The river will become catch and release for steelhead from Monday through Jan. 31. The change covers the river from Marine Drive upstream to the forks, and the North Fork Stillaguamish from the mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge. The rule was changed to ensure broodstock needs were met at the Whitehorse Hatchery.

Stillaguamish River 10/19/2015

Stillaguamish river closed to protect low coho returns.

Stillaguamish River 10/13/2015

Rain blew out the river over the weekend, but Chamberlain expects coho fishing to be good by the weekend.

Stillaguamish River Basin Map & Info

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Tilton River 02/02/2016

Tilton: Tacoma Power released 29 coho adults, a jack, 29 winter-run steelhead adults and a pair of cutthroats at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

Tilton River 01/26/2016

Tilton: During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 69 coho adults, eight jacks and 12 winter-run steelhead adults into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Tilton River 01/19/2016

Tilton: During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 22 coho adults, 12 jacks and three winter-run steelhead adults into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Tilton River 01/12/2016

Tilton: Last week at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, Tacoma Power released 35 coho adults, 20 jacks, four winter-run steelhead and two cutthroat.

Tilton River 01/05/2016

Tilton: Tacoma Power reported releasing 23 coho adults, 17 jacks and 13 winter-run steelhead last week at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Tilton River 12/29/2015

Tilton: Closed to steelhead fishing starting Friday. Last week Tacoma Power released 14 coho adults, 10 jacks, two fall chinook adults and a winter-run steelhead at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

Tilton River 12/25/2015

Tilton: Thursday is the last day to fish for steelhead.

Tilton River 12/22/2015

Tilton: Tacoma Power released 12 coho adults and seven jacks at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

Tilton River 12/15/2015

Tilton: Last week, Tacoma Power employees released 118 coho adults, 64 jacks, two cutthroat trout and three winter-run steelhead into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Tilton River 12/08/2015

Tilton: Last week, Tacoma Power released 85 coho adults, 117 jacks, one fall Chinook adult, 10 cutthroat trout and one winter-run steelhead at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

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Tokul Creek 12/18/2015

Tokul: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife opened a stretch of the creek Thursday to fishing for hatchery steelhead and other game fish. Fishing is allowed through Feb. 15 from the Fish Hatchery Road bridge upstream to the posted cable boundary marker below the hatchery intake. The stream has been open from the bridge downstream to the mouth.

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Toutle River 03/03/2015

TOUTLE: Open for fishing on the south fork until March 15.

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Wallace River



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Washougal River 10/20/2015

WASHOUGAL: Fall chinook are biting for bank anglers.

Washougal River 03/03/2015

WASHOUGAL: Last day for salmon fishing is March 15.

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Wenatchee River 05/19/2015

WENATCHEE: Set to open for spring chinook mark-selective fishing May 23. Adipose-present spring chinook must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water. All spring chinook with one or more round holes punched in tail fin must be released.

Wenatchee River 03/27/2015

WENATCHEE: Fishing for steelhead and whitefish will close one hour after official sunset Tuesday. The closure covers from the mouth to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

Wenatchee River 03/10/2015

WENATCHEE: Anglers wanting to chase steelhead on the eastside of the state should head here, Icicle Creek or the Methow River. The water is low and clear, but anglers are hooking fish using small jigs under a float, beads or a combination.

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Whatcom Creek



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White River (King County)

No Reports!

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White Salmon River



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Willapa River

No Reports!

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Wind River 08/19/2015

WIND: Boat and bank anglers are finding success with steelhead, but about 75 percent of those caught had to be released.

Wind River 05/19/2015

WIND: Anglers are catching spring chinook near the mouth.

Wind River 04/28/2015

WIND: Boat anglers are averaging a spring chinook per three rods, according to the state count. “Fishing in the gorge is hit-or-miss with mostly miss,” said the state report.

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Wynoochee River 01/26/2016

Wynoochee: The river had dropped back into shape, but heavy rain Tuesday likely will make it and others nearby unfishable.

Wynoochee River 01/19/2016

Wynoochee: The river and others in area are blown out following rain over the holiday weekend.

Wynoochee River 01/15/2016

Wynoochee: The good news is the river is producing plenty of steelhead. The bad news is that means a traffic jam of boats headed downstream each day. People are having success using corkies and yarn, eggs and plugs.

Wynoochee River 01/08/2016

Wynoochee: This river and others in the area are producing good catches of hatchery steelhead. Drifting eggs or using steelhead jigs under a float have been working best. One angler reported changes to a number of fishing holes on the Humptulips following recent high flows.

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Yakima River 01/29/2016

Yakima: The trout fishing has been fair to good, with streamers and nymphs working best. There has been no dry fly action in recent days. There is a chance the river level could rise, which might slow fishing a bit.

Yakima River 01/26/2016

Yakima: The trout fishing remains fair, with the best action from about 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Good flies to start with are tan stoneflies, brassies, pheasant tails and black Copper Johns. If you want to swing a streamer, try an olive sculpin.

Yakima River 01/19/2016

Yakima: Fish the slower holes in the morning where it is deep enough that you cannot see the bottom. Look for the trout to move to shallow shelves as the day and water warms up. Pat’s stoneflies, brassies and WD-40s have been effective.

Yakima River 01/15/2016

Yakima: Fish the holes where water is moving slower than a walking pace, or where there is some sort of current break to create some chop on the surface. Try larger flies like a size 6 Pat’s stonefly or smaller options like a size 18 olive brassie.

Yakima River 01/08/2016

Yakima: While there is still some ice on the river edges, the trout action has improved some with some slightly warmer temperatures.

Yakima River 12/18/2015

Yakima: River conditions have improved, but cold weather is expected through the weekend. There was snow on the river banks Friday morning. That will likely slow the fishing, for those willing to try and make it over Snoqualmie Pass.

Yakima River 12/15/2015

Yakima: It likely won’t be until the weekend before the river is fishable. It is high, cold and off-color right now.

Yakima River 12/04/2015

Yakima: The river flow has settled around 1,050 cubic feet per second. Look for trout holding in water moving no faster than walking speed. Nymphs and streamers are best, but watch for midge hatches in the afternoon.

Yakima River Basin Map & Info

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Contributing to this report:

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

Mark Yuasa myuasa@seattletimes.com The Seattle Times.

A lot of the reports came from the following sources, however some came from fishermen and other sources. If you have reports to contribute to this page, please send them to my email at: fishinginthenorthwest@centurylink.net thank you.

Contributors for 01/29/2016 Report: Carolyn Burdick at MarDon Resort, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, northwestfishingreports.com, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort.

Contributors for 01/26/2016 Report: Roche Harbor Salmon Classic, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, northwestfishingreports.com, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, washingtonflyfishing.com, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center, Troutwater, Creekside Angling Co.

Contributors for 01/19/2016 Report: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, northwestfishingreports.com, Harts Lake Resort & Deli, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center.

Contributors for 01/15/2016 Report: Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Red’s Fly Shop, steelheaduniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, MarDon Resort, Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, northwestfishingreports.com, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center.

Contributors for 01/08/2016 Report: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Evening Hatch, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, salmonuniversity.com, northwestfishingreports.com, steelheaduniversity.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort.

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