Washington River Reports

Washington River Reports 04/16/2014



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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 03/12/2014

smelt: Saturday was another good day for dipping on the Cowlitz, with most 10-pound limits caught in a few dips or less. Fish were reported upstream to Blue Creek. Fish also are reported in the North Fork Lewis River and upstream to Vancouver in the mainstem Columbia. No more recreational fisheries are currently scheduled.

Smelt 02/26/2014

Cowlitz: When it comes to smelt dipping, “they aren’t getting enough to make a meal,” Chamberlain said.

Smelt 02/12/2014

Smelt: Only a half-dozen people were seen dipping Saturday in the Cowlitz, and they had no catch on the first of four Saturdays dipping is allowed. The river is open Saturdays 6 a.m.-noon through March 1. Dip nets used from the bank only. The daily limit is 10 pounds per person.

Smelt Reports for 2011/2012

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RIVER REPORTS

Bogachiel River 02/05/2014

Bogachiel-Quillayute: A weekend creel count showed 54 anglers who kept three hatchery steelhead and released 21 fish — 12 wild, nine hatchery.

Bogachiel River 12/17/2013

Bogachiel/Quillayute River — Dec. 9-12: Seven bank anglers and 24 boat anglers caught 21 steelhead for a total of 187.0 hours fished; Dec. 13-15: 92 bank anglers and 41 boat anglers caught 22 steelhead, and released six steelhead, seven cutthroat trout and one coho for a total of 581.0 hours fished.

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

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Calawah River 12/17/2013

Calawah River — Dec. 9-12: Five bank anglers caught no fish for a total of 5.0 hours fished; Dec. 13-15: 11 bank anglers caught seven steelhead, and released two steelhead, one coho and six whitefish for a total of 36.5 hours fished.

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Carbon River 10/23/2013

Carbon: People are catching a few coho and some dark pinks. Try using a purple or pink/purple jig.

Carbon River 10/16/2013

Carbon: Keith Semprimoznik of Big J’s Outdoor Store in Orting says that if you put in your time, you might come away with a fish — but the action is slow.

Carbon River 10/02/2013

Carbon: Although the river is high, anglers are finding some bright pink salmon holding in the slow water close to the bank.

Carbon River 09/07/2013

Carbon: Anglers are catching mostly pink salmon right now, with an occasional chinook. Corkies and yarn have been working best.

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Cascade River 01/25/2014

Cascade: The river, a tributary of the Skagit River, remains closed from the Rockport-Cascade Road downstream to the mouth to aid with the collection of winter steelhead broodstock. It is scheduled to reopen Feb. 1.

More info on the Cascade River

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Cedar River 07/10/2013

Cedar: The trout fishing has been fair to good, especially early or late in the day. Dry flies will produce smaller rainbows. For bigger fish, use double nymph rigs with a large stonefly and a smaller nymph such as a flashback pheasant tail.

Cedar River Basin Map & Info

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Chambers Creek 08/25/2012

Chambers: Salmon fishing in the creek is still slow.

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Chehalis River 02/08/2014

Chehalis: Steelhead fishing has been very slow. The river flow is about half of what it should be for this time of year.

Chehalis River 02/05/2014

Chehalis: Steelhead anglers are having some success, but water levels are low. On the Wynoochee and Satsop rivers, two popular Chehalis tributaries, pressure remains high despite water levels that are too low for drift boats in many stretches. Rain would help.

Chehalis River 01/25/2014

Chehalis: Hit-and-miss for steelhead.

Chehalis River 12/14/2013

Chehalis: The coho action was slow early this week because of cold, clear water. But the fishing should improve here, and in rivers such as the Humptulips and Wynoochee, if the rain Thursday brings river levels up. Look for some B-run coho and a few winter-run steelhead.

Chehalis River 12/07/2013

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.

Chehalis River 11/23/2013

Chehalis: Fishing the lower river has been producing some coho and a good number of chum salmon. Number 5 Vibrax spinners or Fat Fish plugs cast toward the bank have been effective on low tides, while sardine-wrapped Mag Lip plugs work better during high water. There also are some reports of steelhead being caught.

Chehalis River 11/02/2013

Chehalis: The stretch around Montesano has been the most productive for coho recently, especially with the tributaries so low. Trolling with a herring and a Fish Flash, or a magnum Wiggle Wart has been effective. Casting a Vibrax spinner toward the bush piles along the bank also has worked.

Chehalis River Basin Map & Info

Chehalis River Salmon Fishing in Tidewater

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Cispus River 06/06/2012

Cispus: Last week, Tacoma Power employees released 170 spring chinook adults, 30 jacks and one winter-run steelhead into the river.

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Columbia River Reports 04/12/2014

Columbia: Last week, anglers on the lower Columbia made 18,800 trips and caught 2,390 adult chinook (1,972 kept) and 100 steelhead (74 kept). From March 1-April 6, an estimated 42,300 angler trips have caught and kept 2,800 chinook.

Columbia River Reports 04/09/2014

Columbia: From April 2 to Monday, the state checked 2,557 lower-river anglers, who had caught 316 adult and two jack spring chinook and nine steelhead. The number of people in the river is increasing with more than 1,300 boats and 1,146 bank anglers counted Sunday.

Columbia River Reports 04/05/2014

Columbia: The spring chinook action has improved slightly, but it’s fair at best. In the main stem below Bonneville Dam last week, the state checked 1,378 anglers who had caught 122 adult spring chinook and two steelhead. The state announced Friday that anglers will get at least six more days to catch spring chinook below the dam. Sport fishing will remain open through April 14 in the lower river, except for a one-day closure Tuesday. The initial season was scheduled to close Monday.

Columbia River Reports 04/02/2014

Columbia: Spring chinook fishing improved on the lower river last weekend. Boat anglers had the best success in the estuary, where anglers averaged 0.43 springers and 0.07 steelhead per boat. Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon have approved retention of legal-size sturgeon June 13-14 and June 20-21 between Bonneville and The Dalles dams. The states also adopted a new sturgeon spawning sanctuary, extending from The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles. Fishing for sturgeon will be prohibited in the sanctuary from May 1-July 31.

Columbia River Reports 03/29/2014

Columbia: A lot of anglers are on the lower river, but they are catching just a few spring chinook. Last week, the state sampled 1,360 anglers, who had eight adult spring chinook and three steelhead. Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing in the Woodland area was very good, while people are catching some legal-size fish in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Columbia River Reports 03/26/2014

Columbia: Water in the lower river is still turbid, but flows have dropped, so catch rates should improve as the water clears. Spring chinook catch rates remain very low, with boat anglers averaging 0.4 chinook per boat. The most action has been along the Portland to Westport, Ore., bank.

Columbia River Reports 03/22/2014

Columbia: During March 1-16, anglers on the lower Columbia made 7,200 trips and caught just 63 chinook (40 kept and 23 released). Before the run update, allocation of upriver fish (including release mortalities) will be 10,157 fish for the recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam. A reminder, the mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam will be closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead and shad Tuesday and April 1.

Columbia River Reports 03/15/2014

Columbia: The action for spring chinook has been thwarted by high river flows and cold water temperatures. The river flow, measured by a gauge near Quincy, Ore., was 500,000 cubic feet per second. That is twice the normal flow for this time of year.

Columbia River Reports 03/12/2014

Columbia: Water levels are high and salmon and steelhead catch rates are low. The best sturgeon fishing has been in the Bonneville Pool, where the weekly check showed seven legal white sturgeon kept, plus one over-size and 144 sublegal sturgeon released for 111 bank anglers.

Columbia River Reports 03/05/2014

Columbia: The state has yet to sample the first spring chinook of the season in the lower river. In The Dalles Pool, bank anglers are catching steelhead though most of the fish were wild and had to be released. In the Bonneville and John Day pools, bank and boat anglers are catching some legal-size sturgeon.

Columbia River Reports 03/01/2014

Columbia: Salmon and sturgeon fishing have been slow.

Columbia River Reports 02/28/2014

Columbia: Downstream from the Interstate 5 bridge, 103 anglers, 26 in boats, failed to catch according to the WDFW’s Feb. 17-23 report. The action has been slow in The Dalles Pool but the John Day Pool is producing some bites.

Columbia River Reports 02/12/2014

Columbia: Fishing has been slow for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon.

Columbia River Reports 02/05/2014

Lower Columbia: A few anglers below Bonneville Dam have been looking for winter steelhead or an early spring chinook, especially on the Oregon bank.

Columbia River Reports 01/29/2014

Columbia: Boat anglers are catching some late summer-run steelhead in The Dalles and John Day pools but most are wild and had to be released. Boat anglers are catching some legal-size sturgeon in The Dalles Pool.

Columbia River Reports 01/25/2014

Columbia: There is little to no effort in the Bonneville and The Dalles pools. Boat anglers are catching some steelhead in the John Day Pool. The Bonneville Pool is closed for sturgeon retention. Boat anglers averaged nearly 2.5 walleye per rod in the John Day Pool.

Columbia River Reports 01/08/2014

Columbia: Boat anglers are catching some steelhead in the John Day Pool. In the Bonneville Pool, when including fish released, boat anglers averaged one legal size sturgeon every 11.4 rods while bank anglers averaged one every 26 rods.

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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Cowlitz River 04/16/2014

Cowlitz: Some anglers are landing steelhead.

Cowlitz River 04/12/2014

Cowlitz: The river has been fishing well most days, but there has been a lot of people on the water. There are a fair amount of steelhead and chinook in the upper river from the barrier dam to Blue Creek. Free-drifting the Blue Creek area is the best option for steelhead, and fishing the deep holes with herring or plugs for chinook is a good option.

Cowlitz River 04/09/2014

Cowlitz: The action is improving a bit. State creel checks showed 33 boat anglers kept 16 steelhead, while 59 bank anglers kept one adult chinook and 13 steelhead, and released two steelhead.

Cowlitz River 04/02/2014

Cowlitz: Fishing for steelhead at Blue Creek and spring chinook at the barrier dam has been slow since the weekend.

Cowlitz River 03/29/2014

Cowlitz: The action is picking up, based on creel samples. A check of 161 boat anglers showed they kept 115 steelhead and released three, while 122 bank anglers kept three spring chinook and released one, and kept 25 steelhead and released two.

Cowlitz River 03/26/2014

Cowlitz: Steelhead action has been fair at Blue Creek. Boat anglers are having success side-drifting with bait. Bank anglers have been using corkies and yarn to some degree of success.

Cowlitz River 03/22/2014

Cowlitz: The river is showing some signs of improved fishing. Boat and bank anglers are catching some more steelhead than in recent weeks. Side-drift with eggs in slow-moving water.

Cowlitz River 03/15/2014

Cowlitz: River levels are very high, and visibility is 11/2-2 feet. A few steelhead are being caught at Blue Creek, but overall the action has been slow.

Cowlitz River 03/12/2014

Cowlitz: Fishing has been fair at best. State creel checks showed 35 boat anglers with one adult spring chinook and 12 steelhead kept and one steelhead released; 20 bank anglers kept one hatchery steelhead.

Cowlitz River 03/05/2014

Cowlitz: Steelhead fishing remains slow. During a state creel check, 18 boat anglers had kept just one steelhead, while 58 bank anglers kept three steelhead and released one. Finally, people were catching smelt. Ten-pound limits were the general rule Saturday, which was the last scheduled fishery. Some limits were caught in as little as a single dip.

Cowlitz River 03/01/2014

Cowlitz: The first spring chinook returned to the hatchery Wednesday. Saturday is the last day of smelt dipping. While no smelt have been caught here, some fish were caught Thursday and Friday during commercial fisheries on the Columbia.

Cowlitz River 02/28/2014

Cowlitz: A Feb. 17-23 WDFW sampling reported no catches by 17 anglers, but there are reports of success on washingtonlakes.com. Today is the last day for smelt dipping. Tacoma Power and the Cowlitz Fisheries Technical Committee will hold its annual Cowlitz Fisheries Annual Program Review meeting March 12 at 5 p.m. at Centralia College.

Cowlitz River 02/26/2014

Cowlitz: Anglers are catching fish, according to washingtonlakes.com. When it comes to smelt dipping, “they aren’t getting enough to make a meal,” Chamberlain said.

Cowlitz River 02/22/2014

Cowlitz: Tacoma Power recently reported it recovered five coho salmon adults and three winter-run steelhead during a five-day operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Cowlitz River 02/12/2014

Cowlitz: The action remains on the slow side, based on a state creel check at the trout hatchery. Nine bank anglers kept one hatchery steelhead, and four boat anglers kept one hatchery steelhead.

Cowlitz River 02/05/2014

Cowlitz: Some second-run steelhead are beginning to appear, but success is spotty. Most of the action is around Blue Creek, near the trout hatchery. Typical methods include jigs, corkies and yarn, and shrimp. A recent creel check near the trout hatchery counted 27 bank anglers who kept four hatchery fish.

Cowlitz River 01/29/2014

Cowlitz: Steelhead fishing has been mixed, with some people reporting good success last weekend.

Cowlitz River 01/25/2014

Cowlitz: During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 121 coho adults, 20 coho jacks and six winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, and 126 coho adults, 13 coho jacks and one winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

Cowlitz River 01/22/2014

Cowlitz: People who are putting in their time, and we’re talking hours, are catching some steelhead. Most people are describing the action as “grinding” to land a couple of fish in the low water. The best action has been in the Blue Creek area.

Cowlitz River 01/18/2014

Cowlitz: The river has been producing some steelhead each day but not in great numbers. Most people are side-drifting with small bait in the Blue Creek area.

Cowlitz River 01/11/2014

Cowlitz: Fishing has been fair with some decently-sized fish being caught. The best action for steelhead has been in the Blue Creek area. Side-drifting small bait has been effective at Blue Creek.

Cowlitz River 01/08/2014

Cowlitz: The action remains slow for steelhead. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 161 coho salmon, 32 coho jacks and 111 winter-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Cowlitz River 01/04/2014

Cowlitz: Some anglers are catching fish when they put in the time, but the action is mostly slow.

Cowlitz River Basin Map & Info (PDF File)

Friends of the Cowlitz

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Deschutes River 03/28/2012

Deschutes: The river is producing some cutthroat trout. Flows have been dropping down to typical levels for this time of year.

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Duwamish River 09/13/2012

Duwamish- From the 1st ave. South bridge up to I-405 has been good for coho. Trolling brads wigglers on the outgoing tide has seemed to be the best.

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Eastern Washington Rivers 03/17/2012

Eastern Washington: The Wenatchee, Icicle and Methow rivers opened Friday for hatchery-reared steelhead fishing, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday. The fisheries are tentatively scheduled to run through March 31 but could end sooner if fishing impacts reach annual federal limits for steelhead, said Jeff Korth of WDFW.

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Grays River 11/26/2013

Mainstem Grays River from Hwy. 4 Bridge to South Fork and West Fork Grays River from mouth to 300 yards below hatchery road bridge – Opens to fishing for hatchery steelhead, hatchery coho, and adipose and/or ventral fin clipped Chinook beginning December 1. Mainstem Grays below the Hwy. 4 Bridge and West Fork from 300 yards below the salmon hatchery road bridge upstream to the hatchery intake/footbridge are already open.

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Green River (King County) 01/29/2014

Green: People are catching some steelhead in the Flaming Geyser State Park area, but they’re having to put in some time to do so. The best approach has been using a jig under a float, drifting shrimp or casting with a hammered silver spoon.

Green River (King County) 01/25/2014

Green: A few fish are being caught; the stream closes at the end of the month.

Green River (king County) 01/18/2014

Green: The river was quite high during the week, not the best conditions for fishing. River flows, measured near Auburn, were dropping and were at 2,700 cubic feet per second Friday morning.

Green River (King County) 01/04/2014

Green: Closed to salmon fishing on Wednesday, but anglers can still try for trout and other game fish. Action seems slow, but one angler reported a catch at Metzler Park on gamefishin.com.

Green River (King County) 01/01/2014

Green: The river remains open to fishing for trout and other game fish but is closed for salmon starting today.

Green River (King County) 12/28/2013

Green: There are some reports of steelhead being caught.

Green River (King County) 12/25/2013

Green: Some anglers are catching chum salmon.

Green River (King County) 12/21/2013

Green: A few chum salmon are being caught and some of them are still bright, but the number of fish being caught isn’t great.

Green River (King County) 12/18/2013

Green: The river is producing a few steelhead in the Flaming Geyser State Park area. People are using jigs in pink and purple, or eggs under a bobber.

Green River (King County) 12/14/2013

Green: The fishing has been slow overall, with a few dark chum being caught in the Metzler Park area. People using jigs under a float are hooking some fish.

Green River (King County) 12/07/2013

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.

Green River (King County) 12/04/2013

The action has been slow in recent days, with reports of just a handful of Coho and Chum salmon being caught.

Green River (King County) 11/23/2013

Green: River conditions were not conducive to fishing success during the week but should improve by the weekend.

Green River (King County) 11/20/2013

Green: The river seems packed with chum, and they are willing to hit your offering. Corkies and yarn are an effective setup, but jigs in black/pink or purple also are working. Floaters should be aware of a tree across the river about one mile downstream from Metzler Park. It will be an issue during high flows.

Green River (King County) 11/16/2013

Green: Chum action has been off and on a bit as the week progressed. Some fish are being caught upstream of the Auburn Golf Course. Try a pink jig tipped with shrimp.

Green River (King County) 11/13/2013

Green: The action has been very good for chum salmon, especially between Renton and Auburn. People are using mostly corkies and yarn, in black and pink. Some of the fish are weighing around 15 pounds. People fishing with eggs under a bobber have been catching some coho, but the fish have been very red.

Green River (King County) 11/06/2013

Green: Overall, fishing is slow, although there are some reports of steelhead being caught. Try using eggs under a bobber.

Green River (King County) 11/02/2013

Green: The action has been fair this week, with fishermen catching some coho and dark pink salmon. The action has been best in the lower river.

Green River Basin Map & Info

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Hoh River 02/05/2014

Hoh: A weekend creel count showed 59 anglers on the lower river; they kept 10 hatchery steelhead and released 14 fish — eight wild, six hatchery.

Hoh River 12/17/2013

Upper Hoh River from Barlow’s to Olympic National Park Boundary — Dec. 9-12: One bank angler and two boat anglers released two steelhead, 12 whitefish and two cutthroat trout for a total of 19.0 hours fished; Dec. 13-15: 10 bank anglers and 12 boat anglers released two steelhead, 10 bull trout and 17 whitefish for a total of 95.5 hours fished.

Lower Hoh River from Oxbow Campground to Barlow’s — Dec. 9-12: 16 bank anglers and 22 boat anglers caught 20 steelhead, and released one steelhead, 22 bull trout and two coho for a total of 175.5 hours fished; Dec. 13-15: 88 bank anglers and 81 boat anglers caught 31 steelhead, and released three steelhead, 11 bull trout, three whitefish, three Chinook, two cutthroat trout and one coho for a total of 613.5 hours fished.

Hoh River 12/04/2013

The lower Hoh River has been the most productive spot for early winter-run steelhead.

Also see the Olympic Peninsula River Reports Below.

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Humptulips River 01/22/2014

Humptulips: Steelhead fishing has been very slow, with just a handful of hatchery fish being caught in the last few days.

Humptulips River 12/18/2013

Humptulips: Fishing was very good over the weekend. Pink jigs tipped with shrimp or a pink worm, under a float, are producing catches of steelhead and coho.

Humptulips River 12/11/2013

Humptulips: The river has been producing good catches of coho. People are drifting pink jigs, tipped with shrimp, under a float. A steelhead also is being landed now and then.

Humptulips River 11/20/2013

Humptulips: There are reports of anglers catching a few chinook, some coho and chum salmon. Give the river a day or two to clear up and drop.

Humptulips River 11/13/2013

Humptulips: The river is in need of more rain, as flows are well below normal. Over the weekend, people were hooking mostly chum as well as a few chinook.

Humptulips River 11/02/2013

Humptulips: People fishing eggs under a bobber are hooking a few chinook.

Humptulips River 10/26/2013

Humptulips: The river is flowing just under 300 cubic feet per second, making fishing extremely difficult. If rain arrives, that should bring the coho into the river.

Humptulips River 10/23/2013

Humptulips: People are hooking a mix of dark coho, as well as some chum salmon. Orange corkies with orange or red yarn has produced some fish.

Humptulips River 10/09/2013

Humptulips: People are catching plenty of limits of coho now that water conditions have improved. Rocket red corkies have been effective.

Humptulips River 10/05/2013

Humptulips: The river is still not fishable. It was at 1,690 cfs Friday, well above the long-term median of 342 cfs.

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Icicle Creek 06/19/2013

Icicle: Salmon fishing for hatchery spring chinook in the river will close at sunset Wednesday. The run has not been as strong as forecast, and hatcheries have not met their broodstock collection goals.

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John's Creek 09/29/2012

Johns: Chamberlain said he has heard plenty of success stories from anglers fishing here.

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Kalama River 12/11/2013

Kalama: Low effort and catches last week, although some coho jacks were caught and released.

Kalama River 11/30/2013

Kalama: Anglers are catching coho jacks and steelhead but putting most of them back.

Kalama River 11/26/2013

Kalama River – Bank anglers are catching coho jacks and some steelhead though most fish were released.

Kalama River 11/06/2013

Kalama: Anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho and steelhead. Most of the fall chinook were dark and released, as were some of the coho.

Kalama River 10/30/2013

Kalama: Mostly coho are being caught here, but the first winter-run steelhead are returning to the Kalama Falls Hatchery, according to a WDFW report.

Kalama River 10/23/2013

Kalama: Anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho and steelhead.

Kalama River 08/28/2013

Kalama: No reports of angling success, according to the WDFW.

Kalama River 07/17/2013

Kalama: As of Tuesday, anglers may retain hatchery spring chinook through July 31. The opening covers the river from the boundary markers at the mouth to 1,000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery. The state reopened the fishery after the hatchery escapement broodstock goal was met.

Port of Kalama

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Kennedy Creek 11/20/2013

Kennedy creek: Reports have been mixed in recent days; some people are hooking plenty of chum, but others are empty-handed the next day.

Kennedy Creek 11/16/2013

Kennedy creek: Fishing is excellent right now, especially at low tide.

Kennedy Creek 11/13/2013

Kennedy: There are plenty of chum in the creek. That means plenty of anglers along the small stream, but most of them are taking home limits. Many of the fish are still chrome bright.

Kennedy Creek 11/06/2013

Kennedy: Can’t say the action is red-hot, but people are catching some adult chum in the lower creek. A creel sample of 23 anglers Saturday showed they caught 13 chum.

Kennedy Creek 10/26/2013

Kennedy: Chum salmon are starting to show, just not in great numbers. Most people will be using corkies and yarn in chartreuse or an anchovy fished under a bobber.

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Klickitat River 11/30/2012

Klickitat: Anglers are catching coho on the lower river. The river upstream from Fisher Hill Bridge closes Sunday for trout, steelhead and salmon fishing. The downstream portion remains open through January. The whitefish season begins Sunday.

Klickitat River 11/26/2013

Klickitat River – Boat and bank anglers on the lower river averaged about a coho kept per rod.

Under permanent rules, the Klickitat (except for the salmon fishery from the Fisher Hill Bridge downstream) closes to fishing for trout including hatchery steelhead and salmon beginning December 1. The salmon season from the Fisher Hill Bridge downstream remains open through January.

The whitefish only season from 400 feet above Fishway #5 upstream to the Yakama Reservation boundary begins December 1. Whitefish gear rules will be in effect.

Klickitat River 10/30/2013

Klickitat: Bank anglers are catching chinook on the lower river. WDFW reports show that 132 anglers kept 31 salmon and released seven.

Klickitat River 10/09/2013

Klickitat: Bank anglers on the lower river are catching good numbers of fall chinook. Some coho are also appearing in the catch.

Klickitat River 09/25/2013

Klickitat: Anglers are catching fall chinook throughout the system. There have been a lot of people fishing the lower river from Lyle Falls downstream. In the upper river above the falls, more than 180 anglers were sampled with 74 chinook kept, four released and no steelhead.

Klickitat River 09/07/2013

Klickitat: Steelhead fishing has been fair, with most boats landing one or two fish. Water clarity has been an issue. Fly-anglers are running nymphs through the deep slots during the day.

Klickitat River 08/28/2013

Klickitat: One steelhead, two chinook and five released steelhead were all 58 bank anglers and 34 boat anglers could combine to catch last week.

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Lewis River 04/09/2014

Lewis: Steelhead fishing has been poor. The river remains closed for chinook. The East Fork Lewis, from the mouth to the top boat ramp at Lewisville Park, opens to hatchery steelhead fishing April 16.

Lewis River 03/29/2014

Lewis: The action on the mainstem and the North Fork has been slow for steelhead. Both remain closed for spring chinook.

Lewis River 02/12/2014

Lewis: A reminder that beginning Monday, all chinook must be released when caught in the mainstem from mouth to forks and in the North Fork from mouth of forks upstream to Merwin Dam. The North Fork from Johnson Creek to Merwin Dam will be closed to fishing Monday through May 31.

Lewis River 02/01/2014

Lewis: Effective Feb. 17, anglers will have to release all spring chinook, and the North Fork from Johnson Creek upstream will close to all fishing. The state put the closures in place to make sure enough fish return to meet the hatchery escapement goal of approximately 1,350 fish.

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Methow River 03/29/2014

Methow: Steelhead fishing from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop will close one hour after sunset Monday.

Methow River 02/01/2014

Methow: Folks willing to make the trip have been catching steelhead each day. Using nymphs has produced the most hookups.

Methow River info

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Mill Creek 11/30/2013

Mill Creek: Starting Sunday morning anglers can catch hatchery steelhead on this Cowlitz River tributary between the mouth and the salmon hatchery road crossing.

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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.

Minter Creek 11/13/2013

Minter: The few people who have headed to the creek are reporting there are very few fish.

Minter Creek 11/06/2013

Minter: There are only a few chum in the area. The action should pick up in a couple of weeks.

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Naches River 07/03/2013

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

Naches River 06/22/2013

Naches: The fishing for cutthroat trout has been good, but the water level is still high enough that wading is difficult. Try an elk hair caddis dry fly, with a small nymph underneath it.

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Nisqually River 01/25/2014

Nisqually: Will close for steelhead fishing at the end of the month. Fishing has been slow.

Nisqually River 01/11/2014

Nisqually: People are catching some chum salmon. Bobber-and-jig fishing from the bank or a boat has been productive. Back-trolling has been working as well.

Nisqually River 01/08/2014

Nisqually: Fishing has been off and on, with people coming home with chum salmon one day and nothing the next. Scented corkies and yarn have been the most effective.

Nisqually River 01/04/2014

Nisqually: Slow, but anglers have been catching chum salmon.

Nisqually River 01/01/2014

Nisqually: Not much action here, according to the most recent report posted at gamefishin.com.

Nisqually River 12/28/2013

Nisqually: According to reports posted at gamefishin.com, nibbles are few and far between, but anglers are catching an occasional chum.

Nisqually River 12/25/2013

Nisqually: It might take some patience, but some anglers are catching chum.

Nisqually River 12/21/2013

Nisqually: People are catching chum, some of them bright, but the action has been hit-and-miss. Anglers also are having to contend with a lot of sea lions in the lower river.

Nisqually River 12/18/2013

Nisqually: The river is finally showing signs of life, at least as far as fishing is concerned. There have been some chum finally being caught, including some fish that are still bright.

Nisqually River 12/14/2013

Nisqually: You might say the river is in one of those extended Mariner losing streaks. Anglers are going home empty handed, based on multiple reports.

Nisqually River 12/11/2013

Nisqually: After showing signs of improvement, the river action was slow over the weekend.

Nisqually River 12/07/2013

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

Nisqually River 12/04/2013

There are some reports of chum salmon being caught, but the action is slow overall. The late chum run typically hits full stride mid to late December and generally remains strong until at least mid-January.

Nisqually River 11/23/2013

Nisqually: Little to no action still.

Nisqually River 11/20/2013

Nisqually: Some people are reporting catching sea-run cutthroat trout, but there have been no reports of any salmon being landed.

Nisqually River 11/16/2013

Nisqually: No one is catching any fish, based on multiple reports.

Nisqually River 11/06/2013

Nisqually: Fishing has been very slow.

Nisqually River 11/02/2013

Nisqually: The fishing remains mostly poor. Anglers are catching an occasional salmon or trout. The chum, it appears, have yet to make their appearance.

Nisqually River Basin Map & Info

Nisqually River Management Program

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Nooksack River 01/03/2013

The Nooksack River is seeing some pretty good steelhead fishing.

Nooksack River Basin Map & Info

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North Sound 02/08/2014

North Sound: The few stretches of river that remain open have been producing but a handful of steelhead.

North Sound 01/29/2014

North Sound: The steelhead season is winding down, with many streams closing at the end of the month. Even at the terminal hatchery locations, action has been slow.

North Sound 01/26/2013

North Sound: River levels have come up a bit, but are still on the low side. The best steelhead action has been at the terminal fisheries such as Reiter Ponds on the Skykomish, Tokul Creek on the Snoqualmie and Cascade River on the Skagit.

North Sound 01/19/2013

North Sound: The rivers are very low and clear, but a few steelhead are being caught. The best bet is in terminal areas like Reiter Ponds and Tokul Creek.

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Olympic Peninsula Rivers 04/16/2014

Olympic Peninsula: Steelhead fishing has been slow, Chamberlain said, but some anglers are still having occasional good fortune.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 04/09/2014

Olympic Coast: The Calawah and Sol Duc have been the best choices for catching wild steelhead. State checks last weekend showed both rivers producing more than one first per person. River flows and visibility should be good the rest of the week.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 04/05/2014

Olympic Coast: The steelhead fishing has been decent earlier this week. The action has been spread out among the Forks-area rivers.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 04/02/2014

Olympic Coast: The fishing has been fair to good on the Sol Duc and Bogachiel, but the best action was on the Calawah. Action on the Hoh has been off and on. There also have been plenty of fishermen on the rivers.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 03/29/2014

Olympic Coast: This could be a good weekend to hit the rivers around Forks, as long as there wasn’t too much rain Friday. Steelhead fishing was very good last weekend, with anglers averaging more than one fish per person on the Sol Duc and Calawah.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 03/22/2014

Olympic Coast: The rivers are dropping to near normal levels for this time of year, so the fishing should be improved. The Sol Duc has been fishing very well, as has the Calawah. As the water clears, look to use lighter lines and small gear.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 03/19/2014

Olympic Coast: Steelhead fishing was very good Saturday but came to a halt Sunday because flows got too high. Anglers on the Calawah and Sol Duc were averaging about one wild fish caught per person. With flows dropping to near normal levels, this would be a good time to hit the rivers.

Olympic Penisula Rivers 03/15/2014

Olympic Coast: Some large steelhead are being caught when river conditions allow. The forecast calls for an inch of rain in the Forks area Saturday.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 03/12/2014

Olympic Coast: River conditions should improve through the rest of the week and be in really good shape by the end of the week. Fishing was good before this last rush of high water, so anglers should expect the steelhead action to be good.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 03/08/2014

Olympic Coast: The good news: river levels are dropping. The bad news: they remain very high. On the Hoh, levels topped 20,000 cubic feet per second Thursday, but they were down to 9,400 cfs by late Friday morning.

Olypmic Peninsula Rivers 03/05/2014

Olympic Coast: The steelhead action was fair to good last weekend, based on creel samples. Some of the fish are topping 20 pounds. The Sol Duc and Calawah were producing almost one fish per person. But the rain has brought river levels up to the point where they are nearly unfishable.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 03/01/2014

Olympic Coast: The rivers are in good shape, at least for now, and there seem to be more steelhead in the systems. The Sol Duc is a good bet right now, and the Hoh would be another good choice this weekend.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 02/28/2014

Olympic Peninsula: Steelhead fishing has been good here. Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood recommends trying the Hoh, Queets, Satsop or Wynoochee rivers. Those with strong rowing skills might find success on the Sol Duc River.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 02/26/2014

Olympic Peninsula: This is the place to be to land a steelhead this weekend. Chamberlain says rivers have been solid and could pick up as weather conditions improve. Those who row well might find success on the Sol Duc River. But the Hoh, Queets, Satsop and Wynoochee could also be good. “But you won’t be alone,” Chamberlain said.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 02/12/2014

Olympic Peninsula: Rain has brought river levels up, and people are already catching more steelhead. If the area gets more rain, the action might be best this weekend and into early next week.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 02/08/2014

Olympic Coast: A few people are fishing, but the action has not been good. They are catching a steelhead here and there, but low, clear water and a lack of fish are making conditions difficult.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 02/01/2014

Olympic Coast: River levels have dropped since peaking Thursday, and people are catching a mix of wild and hatchery fish. With the water getting clearer, use smaller offerings such as eggs and worms, micro jigs and a single egg or beads.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/18/2014

Olympic Coast: The rivers are in fairly good shape, and the steelhead fishing has improved after the recent rain. On the Hoh, flows topped 20,000 cfs on Jan. 11 and has since dropped to 2,780 cfs Friday morning.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/11/2014

Olympic Coast: The rain is good and will bring river levels up and hopefully bring in fresh fish. The question becomes, will it be too much rain?

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/08/2014

Olympic Coast: The Hoh has been the one bright spot for hatchery steelhead. A few native fish are starting to show up, but the action overall has been fair at best.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/04/2014

Olympic Peninsula: Still a slower than normal year on these rivers.

Olympic Peninsula River Basin Map & Info

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Puyallup River 01/01/2014

Puyallup: The Puyallup River is closed to fishing starting today.

Puyallup River 12/28/2013

Puyallup: The fishing is slow, according to washingtonlakes.com.

Puyallup River 12/25/2013

Puyallup: Drifting eggs under a float is working for some anglers.

Puyallup River 12/21/2013

Puyallup: The river is producing some catches of chum and an occasional dark coho. People are having luck drifting eggs under a float or using Kwikfish.

Puyallup River 12/18/2013

Puyallup: While river levels still are lower than normal, people are catching some chum, especially around the mouth of Clarks Creek. Try using a pink jig tipped with a prawn.

Puyallup River 12/14/2013

Puyallup: There have been no reports of people catching fish, just some indicating there was ice floating downstream early in the week.

Puyallup River 12/11/2013

Puyallup: Few people have been fishing the river, and only an occasional chum is being landed.

Puyallup River 12/07/2013

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.

Puyallup River 12/04/2013

People are catching some chrome-bright chum, especially near the mouth of Clarks Creek. The fish seem to be holding tight to the bank with the river still flowing high.

Puyallup River 11/30/2013

Puyallup: Recent reports indicate fishing is still a bit slow.

Puyallup River 11/23/2013

Puyallup: Chum are starting to move upstream, based on several reports, but not a lot of fish being caught. Try a Number 4 or 5 Vibrax spinner with a purple, blue green or red body.

Puyallup River 11/20/2013

Puyallup: The action has been slow, but it could be showing signs of improving.

Puyallup River 11/16/2013

Puyallup: Chum have not arrived in the river yet.

Puyallup Rivers 11/13/2013

Puyallup: Few people were on the river over the weekend, but there are reports of people catching a few chum at the mouth of Clarks Creek.

Puyallup River 11/06/2013

Puyallup: The upper river has been producing a few coho, but the action has been on the slow side. River flows, measured in Puyallup, are about 3,000 cubic feet per second.

Puyallup River 10/26/2013

Puyallup: Overall, the action is slow, but some people are reporting catching an occasional coho by drifting eggs.

Puyallup River 10/23/2013

Puyallup: The water conditions are low and fairly clear, and few people have been on the water. Those few who have been fishing have caught some coho drifting jigs.

Puyallup River 10/19/2013

Puyallup: Coho action has been slow. Fish might be spooky in the clear water right now.

Puyallup River 10/16/2013

Puyallup: Fishing is slow, Semprimoznik said.

Puyallup River 10/09/2013

Puyallup: The action has been slow overall, although some people are catching some dark pinks and an occasional coho, especially in the upper river.

Puyallup River 10/05/2013

Puyallup: Fishing early this week was halted by high flows and then a two-day closure on the lower river. River conditions should be decent for the weekend. Remember, the lower river will be closed Sunday-Wednesday.

Puyallup River 10/02/2013

Puyallup: The river is not fishable. Flows were 13,000 cfs Tuesday morning at the Puyallup gauge. The median for the day is 1,540 cfs.

Puyallup River Basin

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Quillayute River 02/05/2014

Bogachiel-Quillayute: A weekend creel count showed 54 anglers who kept three hatchery steelhead and released 21 fish — 12 wild, nine hatchery.

Quillayute River 12/17/2013

Bogachiel/Quillayute River — Dec. 9-12: Seven bank anglers and 24 boat anglers caught 21 steelhead for a total of 187.0 hours fished; Dec. 13-15: 92 bank anglers and 41 boat anglers caught 22 steelhead, and released six steelhead, seven cutthroat trout and one coho for a total of 581.0 hours fished.

Quillayute River 11/30/2013

Quillayute: A popular choice for steelhead fishing this weekend, according to Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.

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Rocky Ford 03/19/2014

Rocky Ford: Trout action in the creek has been fair to good. While lots of people will cast a Woolly Bugger, scud or leeches, sometimes trying something different will work. One angler reported success with a green chironomid with a brass bead head.

Rocky Ford 03/12/2014

Rocky Ford: Fly-anglers are having luck casting scuds toward cruising fish or into blind seam lines. While mini-leeches also are a good pattern.

Rocky Ford 03/08/2014

Rocky Ford Creek: This has been the best trout fishing option in that area. Scuds, mini leeches and chironomid pupa are working best.

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Satsop River 01/25/2014

Satsop: Slow for steelhead.

Satsop River 12/07/2013

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.

Satsop River 11/20/2013

Satsop: After being low for quite a while, river conditions improved over the weekend and so did the fishing. But that was put on hold by heavy rains Monday. Without more rain, the river should be in good shape by Thursday. Before the rain, people were catching some chrome-colored coho. Black jigs have been effective. It is the same story on the Wynoochee.

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Sauk River 07/06/2012

Skagit Above Sauk:Much higher than normal flows for this time of year with 3 - 5 feet of visibility.

Skagit Below the Sauk: Much higher than normal flows with 2 - 4 feet of visibility above the Baker Dam... Less below the dam.

Fishing Report: No Reports available.

Reports from John's Guide Service.

Sauk River

Sauk Above the Suiattle:Closed until June 1st, 2012

More info on the Sauk River

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Skagit River 01/22/2014

Skagit: In a word, steelhead fishing has been slow, but people are catching some Dolly Varden in the upper river. Try using large silver Rapala lures or Dick Night spoons.

Skagit River 01/18/2014

Skagit: While the river was a bit high during the week, visibility was fairly good. Still, steelhead action was slow.

Skagit River 10/16/2013

Skagit: Fishing has been good, Chamberlain said.

Skagit River 08/24/2013

Skagit: Another good place to catch pinks, according to multiple reports.

Skagit River Basin Map & info

This Fishing report is from John at John's Guide Service. Check out his site below.

More info on the Skagit River

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Skate Creek 06/26/2013

Skate Creek: Fishing is tough, but there are occasional rainbows to be had, according to a report posted at washingtonlakes.com.

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Skokomish River 12/04/2013

The river continues to produce chum catches. Try corkies and yarn in dark colors such as purple.

Skokomish River 11/20/2013

Skokomish: Fishing for chum is very good, and good for coho. Many of the fish are still chrome bright. Corkies and yarn in dark colors have been effective.

Skokomish River 11/16/2013

Skokomish: Chum action remains very good right now. The majority of people are using corkies and yarn, as long as they are a dark color, or jigs in pink or purple. An occasional coho also is being caught.

Skokomish River 11/13/2013

Skokomish: The chum fishing has been good to very good. The river flow Tuesday morning was below normal for this time of year, but could rise quickly if we get plenty of rain this week.

Skokomish River 11/06/2013

Skokomish: Fishing has been very good to excellent in recent days, with people catching lots of bright chum as well as some coho. Some anglers are using corkies and yarn in red, green or pink, or fishing shrimp-tipped jigs under a bobber.

Skokomish River 11/02/2013

Skokomish: Anglers are using red corkies and yarn to hook plenty of chum right now. The fish are bright and hard fighting. Remember, you can keep only those fish that are hooked in the mouth or the head.

Skokomish River Channel (PDF)
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Skookumchuck River 03/26/2014

Skookumchuck: People are catching a few steelhead, but the action overall has been slow. Some anglers are reporting having success using a jig under a bobber.

Skookumchuck River 03/19/2014

Skookumchuck: A few steelhead are being caught, but they have been recycled from the hatchery and most are dark.

Skookumchuck River 03/08/2014

Skookumchuck: A few steelhead were being caught midweek. People were having some success with jigs, yarn or Spin-N-Glo. The river level was 3,110 cfs late Friday morning.

Skookumchuck River 03/05/2014

Skookumchuck: Steelhead action has been poor early this week, slowed by bad water conditions and a lack of fish.

Skookumchuck River 03/01/2014

Skookumchuck: Fishing was slow early this week, mainly because of poor water conditions. If there’s not too much rain this weekend, fishing should improve as the water quality improves.

Skookumchuck River 02/26/2014

Skookumchuck: Reports posted at gamefishin.com are mixed with some catching fish and other saying the action is slow.

Skookumchuck River 02/22/2014

Skookumchuck River: The action seems to be pretty slow this week according to reports posted at gamefishin.com

Skookumchuck River 02/12/2014

Skookumchuck: There were some positive reports after the weekend, with people catching some steelhead using purple or nightmare-colored jigs.

Skookumchuck River 02/08/2014

Skookumchuck: Steelhead fishing has been very slow this week, probably due to low water levels.

Skookumchuck River 02/01/2014

Skookumchuck: The action seems to have slowed in the past few days, but people are still netting some steelhead. Using eggs or jigs has been the most effective means of fishing.

Skookumchuck River 01/29/2014

Skookumchuck: The most positive reports have been coming from this river. There are lots of fresh steelhead, especially at the deadline. People are using eggs, pink jigs tipped with shrimp, or bead and yarn.

Skookumchuck River 01/22/2014

Skookumchuck: People are catching some coho, a few of which are bright, and some steelhead. Glow balls, beads or jigs all seem to be working.

Skookumchuck River 01/18/2014

Skookumchuck: There have been mixed reports this week, with some people saying they’re catching a coho or two or some steelhead, while others are headed home with nothing.

Skookumchuck River 01/08/2014

Skookumchuck: Fishing has been slow, in part because the water is low and clear.

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Skykomish River 02/22/2014

Skykomish: The action was slow here early in the week according to a report on washingtonlakes.com.

Skykomish River 01/18/2014

Skykomish: People have been catching a few steelhead this week, especially near Rieter Ponds. People have been drifting jigs tipped with shrimp under a bobber or casting gold spoons.

Skykomish River 01/04/2014

Skykomish: Steelhead fishing isn’t extraordinary anywhere, according to numerous reports, but the Reiter Pond area of the Skykomish might be the best option. At least one guide reported productive trips at steelheaduniversity.com.

Skykomish River 01/01/2014

Skykomish: Perhaps your best bet for steelhead fishing right now, with anglers landing about 20 steelhead in the Reiter Pond area Christmas, Chamberlain said. “But it’s no ball of fire.”

Skykomish River 12/25/2013

Skykomish: Steelhead fishing has been pretty slow. “But there are fish in the river, but you are going to have to work for them,” Chamberlain said.

Skykomish River 12/18/2013

Skykomish: Steelhead action has been fair to good. People are using typical steelhead tactics, pink jigs under a float, plugs or pink worms.

Skykomish River 12/11/2013

Skykomish: Some people are catching steelhead, but the action certainly isn’t red hot. Most people are drifting shrimp-tipped jigs under a float.

Skykomish River 12/04/2013

There are fish throughout the river right now, with fish being caught from the lower river below Monroe all the way to the hatchery at Reiter Ponds. The majority of the fish are in the 4 to 8 pound range.

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Snake River 08/28/2013

Snake: Anglers can keep hatchery fall chinook starting Sunday.

Snake River 08/24/2013

Snake: Starting Sept. 1 anglers will be able to keep hatchery fall-chinook salmon. “This fishing opportunity for hatchery chinook salmon is a bonus for anglers during the traditionally productive Snake River steelhead fishery,” said John Whalen, regional fish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Snohomish River 12/25/2013

Snohomish: Action has been slow, but there are steelhead to be had near Fall City for those willing to put in the time.

Snohomish River 12/21/2013

Snohomish: The steelhead fishing has been consistent. Side drifting eggs or using a scented plug like a Brad’s Wiggle has been resulting in hookups.

Snohomish River 11/30/2013

Snohomish: Anglers are having some success landing steelhead.

Snohomish River 11/06/2013

Snohomish: Coho fishing has been up and down in recent days, reflecting the water conditions. As long as there isn’t too much rain, the action should be fair to good. Try drifting eggs or twitching a jig.

Snohomish River 10/26/2013

Snohomish: This and other North Sound systems have been producing good catches of coho. Dick Nite Spoons in nickle/brass or frog patterns cast into slower water has been effective. Wiggle Warts and jointed Rapalas also are hooking fish.

Snohomish River Basin

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Snoqualmie River 02/12/2014

Snoqualmie: Steelhead action has been slow, although a few fish are being hooked. Most people are using a jig under a float.

Snoqualmie River 01/22/2014

Snoqualmie: The action has been very slow in recent days.

Snoqualmie River 01/08/2014

Snoqualmie: The river is producing some steelhead, but the action is far from hot. Most people are drifting pink jigs under a float. The action has been best when visibility has been 4-5 feet.

Snoqualmie River 01/04/2014

Snoqualmie: No more salmon fishing as of Wednesday, but anglers can still go for trout and other game fish.

Snoqualmie River 01/01/2014

Snoqualmie: The river remains open to fishing for trout and other game fish but is closed to salmon starting today.

Snoqualmie River 12/28/2013

Snoqualmie: The fishing has been best near Fall City, but recent reports indicate it’s slowing here, too.

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Sol Duc River 12/17/2013

Sol Duc River — Dec. 9-12: No fishing effort; Dec. 13-15: 10 bank anglers and four boat anglers released four steelhead and 12 coho for a total of 57.0 hours fished.

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Stillaguamish River 01/25/2014

Stillaguamish: The North Fork has reopened from the Swede Heaven Bridge downstream approximately 4 river miles to the French Creek confluence.

Stillaguamish River 08/03/2013

Stillaguamish: The state will close 41/2 miles of the North Fork to all fishing, including catch-and-release fishing, from Monday-Sept. 30. The move was made to protect summer-run steelhead holding in the North Fork below the mouth of Deer Creek.

Stillaguamish River Basin Map & Info

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Tilton River 03/05/2014

Tilton: During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 12 steelhead and one coho salmon into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Tilton River 02/22/2014

Tilton: Tacoma Power released two coho adults and two winter-run steelhead adults near Gus Backstrom Park in Morton Feb. 12-18.

Tilton River 02/12/2014

Tilton: Tacoma Power employees last week released 50 coho adults and three winter-run steelhead adults into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Tilton River 01/08/2014

Tilton: During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 28 coho adults, seven coho jacks, three winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Tilton River 12/11/2013

Tilton: During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 242 coho adults, 104 coho jacks and one fall chinook adult into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

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Tokul Creek 01/11/2014

Tokul: The state opened the creek to fishing on Thursday, and people are catching some decently-sized steelhead. The creek is open from the Fish Hatchery Road bridge upstream to the posted cable boundary marker below the hatchery intake. The early opening took place because Tokul Creek Hatchery staff has collected the eggs it needs.

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Toutle River 11/30/2013

Toutle: Today is the last day to fish for hatchery steelhead upstream from the Road 4100 Bridge. Fishing between the 4700 and 4100 bridges will remain open but check wdfw.wa.gov for current gear rules.

Toutle River 11/26/2013

North Fork Toutle River, and mainstem Toutle River from mouth to forks – November 30 is the last day to fish for hatchery steelhead and hatchery salmon.

South Fork Toutle River – From 4100 Bridge upstream, November 30 is the last day to fish for hatchery steelhead. The section from the 4700 Bridge to the 4100 Bridge remains open but selective gear rules will be in effect beginning December 1.

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Wallace River 10/12/2013

Wallace: The coho action has been good. People are having success using eggs under a bobber. Anglers are also hooking chinook and pinks.

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Washougal River 02/28/2014

Washougal: The Feb. 17-23 WDFW sampling showed 12 boat anglers kept one hatchery steelhead kept and released 3 hatchery and 6 wild fish. Meanwhile, 20 bank anglers released 2 hatchery steelhead.

Washougal River 02/05/2014

Washougal: A recent creel check counted 42 bank anglers who kept one hatchery steelhead and released four wild fish, and 22 boat anglers who kept four hatchery fish and released two hatchery fish and 10 wild fish.

Washougal River 01/25/2014

Washougal: A recent creel count found that 60 bank anglers kept two steelhead and released one, and 21 boat anglers kept two steelhead and released nine.

Washougal River 12/17/2013

Washougal River — Dec. 9-15: 81 bank anglers caught five steelhead; 59 boat anglers caught 25 steelhead and released one Chinook.

Washougal River 11/26/2013

Washougal River – Some hatchery winter run steelhead were sampled in the creel last week, as well as a few coho and late fall Chinook.

Seven hatchery winter run steelhead had returned to Skamania Hatchery through November 16.

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Wenatchee River 03/29/2014

Wenatchee: Steelhead fishing from the mouth to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam, will close one hour after sunset Monday.

Wenatchee River 02/22/2014

Wenatchee: Anglers who brave the poor weather are having success according to Dave Graybill of fishingmagician.com.

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Whatcom Creek 01/12/2012

Whatcom Creek will stay open to Tuesday, Feb. 28.

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White River (King County)

No Reports!

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White Salmon River 09/29/2012

White Salmon: Not much happening here, according to reports.

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Willapa River

No Reports!

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Wind River 03/12/2014

Wind River: Fishing from the mouth (boundary line markers) upstream to the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge will be open Sunday-July 31. The daily catch limit will be two chinook or two hatchery steelhead or one of each. Anglers with a two-pole endorsement may fish with two poles for salmon and steelhead May 1-June 30.

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Wynoochee River 03/29/2014

Wynoochee: Anglers have been catching more wild steelhead than hatchery fish this week, but there just aren’t a lot of fish coming in, here or the Satsop. Try side-drifting eggs or a jig under a bobber.

Wynoochee River 03/26/2014

Wynoochee: Steelhead fishing has improved but is still slow. Try drifting a jig or pink worm under a bobber.

Wynoochee River 03/19/2014

Wynoochee: Even though river flows have been up and down in the past week, people are catching a few steelhead, including some bright fish. Sand shrimp seems to have been the most effective bait.

Wynoochee River 03/15/2014

Wynoochee: A few folks hit the river midweek and reported high but fishable water. A few steelhead were being hooked, mainly on pink worms or side-drifting eggs.

Wynoochee River 03/12/2014

Wynoochee: The river is twice as high as you would want to fish successfully. It is similar for other rivers in the area.

Wynoochee River 03/08/2014

Wynoochee: This and the other rivers in the area are not fishable. Even the lakes in the area are very high.

Wynoochee River 03/05/2014

Wynoochee: A few steelhead are being caught, but the action overall has been slow.

Wynoochee River 03/01/2014

Wynoochee: Despite good water conditions, fishing has been slow. There also are plenty of fishermen on the water.

Wynoochee River 02/08/2014

Wynoochee: Steelhead fishing is fairly slow, partly due to low water levels. Some people are hooking fish, drifting a white jig under a float. Fishing on the nearby Satsop also has been slow.

Wynoochee River 02/01/2014

Wynoochee: The river has been low, near summertime-low levels, and the fishing has been tough. A few steelhead are being caught, but people are having to spend a lot of time trying to find the fish.

Wynoochee River 01/29/2014

Wynoochee: Anglers are catching a few steelhead, but action has been slow overall. Perhaps the rain in this week’s forecast will improve things.

Wynoochee River 01/25/2014

Wynoochee: A few steelhead are being caught.

Wynoochee River 01/22/2014

Wynoochee: People drifting the river report the color was good over the weekend, but the steelhead action was very, very slow.

Wynoochee River 01/18/2014

Wynoochee: The river might be worth a try this weekend for steelhead. Try drifting eggs or sand shrimp, or use a nightmare pattern jig under a bobber. Fishing also should be improved on the Chehalis.

Wynoochee River 01/11/2014

Wynoochee: Rain has brought in fresh steelhead. Pulling plugs or drifting eggs or sand shrimp should lead to a hook up. River flows, measured near Montesano, have been steadily rising since Wednesday.

Wynoochee River 12/11/2013

Wynoochee: A few steelhead are being caught, but it is one here and one there from day to day. River flows measured near Aberdeen and Montesano are well below normal.

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Yakima River 04/12/2014

Yakima: Fishing on the river in the Cle Elum has been fair to good, with some large cutthroat trout hitting skwala dry flies. The Teanaway has made the Yakima below it high and off color.

Yakima River 04/09/2014

Yakima: Fishing has been good to very good, even with river flows on the rise. The fish don’t seem to be concentrating on any particular bug, but a split-wing Adams parachute dry fly has been very effective when mayflies have been hatching.

Yakima River 04/05/2014

Yakima: There have been plenty of adult skwalas on the water, but the trout don’t seem to be holding in typical spots because of fishing pressure. Look for them holding in smaller seams. Also, if skwala patterns aren’t working, switch to smaller dry flies such as a Split Wing Adams.

Yakima River 04/02/2014

Yakima: Rivers levels have been steady for the last week, and the trout fishing was very good last weekend in the lower canyon. Some of the best action has been on skwala dry fly patterns, such as a size 12 bullethead skwala.

Yakima River 03/26/2014

Yakima: Trout fishing has been fair. The upper river remains the best option, but the fish haven’t been cooperating as much as anglers would like. Try nymphing with stonefly patterns, or look for skwala adults on the surface.

Yakima River 03/22/2014

Yakima: River conditions have improved, but the fishing is off and on. People who are having success are the ones taking their time, using some stealth to approach and casting so they get long, drag-free drifts. The dry-fly action should pick up when flows reach about 3,000 cubic feet per second.

Yakima River 03/19/2014

Yakima: The upper river, above the Teanaway River, has been the best option, but conditions seem to be changing from day to day. San Juan worms or medium-size stonefly nymphs fished under an indicator have been effective.

Yakima River 03/15/2014

Yakima: The upper river near Cle Elum remains the best option. The canyon stretch might be fishable this weekend but not optimal. Fish a pink San Juan worm on the slow side of the seams where the water is moving at walking speed.

Yakima River 03/12/2014

Yakima: The river is still quite high, 5,870 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning, but the water coloring has improved. This will be a wait-and-see option for the weekend.

Yakima River 03/08/2014

Yakima: The heavy rain Wednesday made it over the mountains, pushing the river level to almost 5,000 cfs. While the level has dropped, the lower canyon is unlikely to be fishable this weekend. The upper river might be an option, if you must do some river trout fishing.

Yakima River 03/05/2014

Yakima: This might be a good week to fish the river because flows are expected to rise next week. The trout have been hitting skwala nymphs below a dry fly, while a few are being caught on dry skwala patterns.

Yakima River 03/01/2014

Yakima: The fly-fishing action is showing signs of improving as the water has warmed up. Try drifting Skwala nymphs through the soft slow seam lines at the edge of deeper pools.

Yakima River 02/26/2014

Yakima: Anglers are expecting fly-fishing action to keep improving over the next month.

Yakima River 02/22/2014

Yakima: The Evening Hatch reports fly fishing has been good and it’s expected to continue to be good as long as river levels don’t fluctuate too much. Anglers are starting to use dry flies with success.

Yakima River 02/12/2014

Yakima: People are catching a few rainbow trout, but they are also having to dodge ice floating downstream.

Yakima River 02/08/2014

Yakima: Trout fishing has been slowed by very cold temperatures. People are seeing a few adult skwala stoneflies on the surface.

Yakima River 02/01/2014

Yakima: Trout fishing has been decent, despite cold weather. The best action has been during the “heat” of midday. Start with streamers until around noon, and then drift nymphs through holding spots with slower moving water.

Yakima River 01/29/2014

Yakima: Trout fishing has been fair to good, with the best action coming from nymphs or swinging streamers.

Yakima River 01/18/2014

Yakima: The river is in good shape and flows are slowly dropping, so the trout fishing should be good. This time of year, sculpins, stonefly nymphs, brassies and San Juan worms are effective under the surface, and zebra midges when you see fish feeding on the surface.

Yakima River 01/08/2014

Yakima: Fish are holding in the deep slots, meaning you will have to spend some time getting a good drift over these spots. Look for fish holding in water 7-8 feet deep when it is cold, and in water about 3 feet deep at the top of runs when it warms up.

Yakima River 12/18/2013

Yakima: Fishing has been good upstream from the Slab, where there still is ice below that lower canyon point. Streamers and nymphs are working best right now.

Yakima River 12/14/2013

Yakima: The river was fishable the past few days and should improve as water temperatures increase. Stay upstream of Milepost 10 because of a large ice dam below there. Use tiny nymphs for the trout. People also are catching a lot of whitefish.

Yakima River 12/11/2013

Yakima: There is lots of ice in the river, even as air temperatures warm a bit.

Yakima River 12/07/2013

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.

Yakima River 12/04/2013

Nymphing has been the best method, as the river level is running high. Try using a size 8-10 stonefly nymph trailed by another nymph in sizes 14-18.

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.

Contributing to the 04/12/2014 Report: Len Throop, Eatonville Outdoor; state Department of Fish and Wildlife; washingtonflyfishing.com; Red’s Fly Shop; salmonuniversity.com; Point Defiance Boathouse; Phil Stephens, Mystical Legends Guide Service; steelheaduniversity.com; washingtonlakes.com; Becky Pogue, Offut Lake Resort; Bud Herlitzka, Spanaway Lake Boathouse.

Contributing to the 04/09/2014 Report: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Westport Charter Boat Association, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Point Defiance Boathouse, Verle’s Sports Center.

Contributing to the 04/05/2014 Report: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, washingtonlakes.com, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Bob Gooding at Olympic Sporting Goods, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Offut Lake Resort, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co.

Contributing to the 04/02/2014 Report: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, gamefishin.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, John Keizer of saltpatrol.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Zittel’s Marina, washingtonlakes.com.

Contributing to the 03/29/2014 Report: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Westport Charter Boat Association, washingtonlakes.com, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center.

Contributing to the 03/26/2014 Report: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, gamefishin.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, James Harrington at Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center, washingtonlakes.com.

Contributing to the 03/22/2014 Report: Don Wells at Harts Lake Resort & Deli, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, gamefishin.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, washingtonlakes.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Tom Pollack at Sportco, steelheaduniversity.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Spanaway Lake.

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