Washington River Reports
Washington River Reports 12/16/2014
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
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.
Cowlitz: When it comes to smelt dipping, “they aren’t getting enough to make a meal,” Chamberlain said.
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
Bogachiel River 07/18/2014
The Bogachiel has been producing trout and some steelhead but is fairly low and clear.
Bogachiel River 06/04/2014
The bogachiel river will reopen on Saturday.
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........
Calawah River 06/04/2014
The Calawah River will reopen on Saturday.
Carbon River 11/14/2014
CARBON: People have been catching some coho. Most people are using jigs, in purple-pink or blue-white.
Carbon River 10/03/2014
CARBON: People are catching a few chinook and coho in the Orting area.
Carbon River 09/23/2014
CARBON: People are catching coho and chinook in the Orting area. Anglers are using corkies in black or blue, with red yarn.
Carbon River 09/02/2014
CARBON: Recently opened, an angler reportedly caught a 32.8-pound fish here over the weekend. “The Carbon has been phenomenal,” Rock said.
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
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 06/27/2014
Cedar: The river has been fishing well, producing some chunky rainbow trout — some that are measuring around 19 inches.
Cedar River Basin Map & Info
Chambers Creek 08/25/2012
Chambers: Salmon fishing in the creek is still slow.
Chehalis River 12/05/2014
CHEHALIS: The rivers in the system are fishable right now, but the action has been light. The coho action should be very good when flows drop.
Chehalis River 10/24/2014
CHEHALIS: For coho, people are twitching jigs, drifting eggs, or casting size 5 Vibrax spinners in a rainbow trout pattern or a silver blade and a pink body.
Chehalis River 10/14/2014
CHEHALIS: The river is producing some nice catches of chinook and coho. One angler reported catching a 35-pound chinook. Some people are drifting, fishing close to the bank with eggs, while others are using corkies and yarn or casting Blue Fox spinners.
Chehalis River 10/10/2014
CHEHALIS: Recent reports indicate the fishing has been good.
Chehalis River 10/07/2014
CHEHALIS: The coho action has been good to very good. People are having success using large casting spinners or trolling plugs. Tributaries such as the Satsop and Humptulips also have been fishing well.
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 Basin Map & Info
Chehalis River Salmon Fishing in Tidewater
Cispus River 11/25/2014
CISPUS: Last week Tacoma Power released 632 coho adults and 22 jacks near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.
Cispus River 11/11/2014
CISPIS: Tacoma Power recently released 127 coho adults above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.
Cispus River 10/21/2014
CISPUS: Tacoma Power released 370 coho adults near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek last week.
Cispus River 10/10/2014
CISPUS: Above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, Tacoma Power released 252 coho adults and 20 jacks.
Cispus River 08/19/2014
Cispus: Tacoma Power released 100 spring chinook adults and 15 jacks last week above the mouth of the Yellow Jacket Creek.
Cispus River 08/15/2014
Cispus: Last week Tacoma Power released 87 spring-chinook adults and 41 jacks above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.
Columbia River Reports 11/28/2014
Columbia: The upper river is producing steelhead.
Columbia River Reports 11/25/2014
COLUMBIA: Steelhead are biting on the upper river.
Columbia River Reports 11/04/2014
COLUMBIA: The fall chinook run, as of Friday, was 853,133, the second largest since at least 1938. The record was set last year, with a count of 953,222 fall chinook. This year’s jack count was 134,949 through Friday, the third largest since 1938. The record was set in 1986, with 190,233 jack chinook.
Columbia River Reports 10/21/2014
COLUMBIA: According to a WDFW sampling, anglers made 2,800 trips on the lower river last week and caught 204 adult chinook and 424 adult coho.
Buoy 10 – At least 35 private boats and 2 charters were counted during last Saturday’s lower Columbia mainstem flight. Some reports indicate fishing for hatchery coho is still very good. However, the creel census program has concluded for the year.
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 302 salmonid anglers (including 87 boats) with 19 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook, 53 adult and 1 jack coho, and no steelhead.
All the Chinook caught were kept and as were 45 (85%) of the adult coho. Last week on the lower Columbia, anglers made 2,800 trips and caught 204 adult Chinook (197 kept and seven released) and 424 adult coho (369 kept and 55 released). Effort is waning with just over 100 boats and 58 bank anglers counted during last Saturday’s (Oct. 17) effort flight count. Over half the boat effort was observed in the Camas/Washougal area.
Under permanent rules, closed to fishing for salmon from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam effective November 1. Oct. 31 is the last day of the 2014 lower Columbia mainstem creel census program. The program will resume February 2015. Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers averaged about ½ coho per rod. Some fall Chinook are also being caught but are becoming more mature.
Columbia River Reports 10/15/2014
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 183 salmonid anglers (including 52 boats) with 13 adult fall Chinook, 58 adult coho, and no steelhead. All but one of the adult Chinook caught were kept although it was legal to retain all fish. 49 (84%) of the adult coho caught were kept.
We did not sample any steelhead last week.
Last week on the lower Columbia, anglers made 5,300 trips and caught 595 adult Chinook (590 kept and five released) 1,140 adult coho (992 kept and 148 released) and 12 summer steelhead (kept).
Bonneville Pool – Producing some fall Chinook and coho.
Sturgeon and Walleye – We did not sample any anglers fishing for either specie last week.
Columbia River Reports 10/14/2014
COLUMBIA: Salmon fishing was fair to good in the lower river this past weekend. In the Gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.1 chinook and 0.35 coho caught per boat.
Columbia River Reports 10/07/2014
BUOY 10: Anglers fishing off the North Jetty are doing well catching coho, as are boaters around the bridge. There are lots of people on the river right now.
Columbia River Reports 10/03/2014
BUOY 10: Anglers can keep up to three adult hatchery coho salmon as part of their daily limit from Buoy 10 to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line.Anglers can keep up to three adult salmon or hatchery steelhead daily, but one of those fish must be a hatchery coho. Anglers must release all wild coho.
COLUMBIA: The salmon action has slowed down a bit, based on state creel sampling. The 181,514 adult coho counted at Bonneville Dam through Tuesday is the second highest since at least 1938. The record is 225,388 fish in 2001.
Columbia River Reports 09/23/2014
BUOY 10: The coho action has tapered off some since last weekend, but anglers still averaged just under a fish per rod.
Columbia River Reports 09/16/2014
COLUMBIA: The coho action in the Buoy 10 fishery has been excellent. The recent state sampling showed boat anglers there averaged 6.27 coho and 0.44 chinook per boat. Some chinook are being caught from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam.
Columbia River Reports 09/12/2014
COLUMBIA: With record numbers, you have to figure someone is catching chinook. On Monday, a single-day record 67,521 adult fall chinook made their way through Bonneville Dam. The forecast calls for 1.5 million fall chinook to return to the river by the end of the year. The action for summer-run steelhead also remains very good.
Columbia River Reports 08/26/2014
BUOY 10: The number of coho being caught has outpaced the chinook catch in recent days. From Saturday-Monday, all chinook must have a clipped adipose or left ventral fin to be retained. Starting Tuesday the hatchery coho daily limit will be increased to three fish, but all chinook must be released.
COLUMBIA: Below Bonneville Dam, the number of people fishing is increasing though catches of fall chinook remain low or stagnant, and even steelhead catches dropped off. There have been some good fall-chinook catches downstream from Vancouver in the past few days.
Columbia River Reports 08/22/2014
BUOY 10: Fishing has improved, and anglers are bringing home consistent catches of chinook and coho. Some people are trolling herring behind a flasher, while some folks are using anchovies.
COLUMBIA: The state announced it will open the fall-chinook season two days early, on Aug. 30. The season typically opens Sept. 1 but the early opener will allow people to fish over Labor Day weekend.
Columbia River Reports 08/19/2014
Columbia: That action is hot and it’s expected to get even better. “Anybody that knows what’s going on will have no problem catching fish,” Chamberlain said.
Columbia River Reports 08/15/2014
Columbia: Action continues to be good on the lower river.
Columbia River Reports 08/12/2014
Columbia: Anglers are landing kings, coho and steelhead. The action is good, and the word is out. “It’s a little bit of a zoo,” Chamberlain said, “and it’s going to become an even bigger zoo in the next couple of weeks.”
Columbia River Reports 08/08/2014
BUOY 10: The action has been fair, based on creel checks. On Wednesday, 75 anglers were checked and they had 22 chinook.
Columbia River Reports 08/05/2014
BUOY 10: The fishery is off to a fair to good start. Try fishing on the Washington side, with a herring trailing an in-line flasher.
COLUMBIA: The salmon fishing is slow, but anglers are catching quite a few steelhead in the lower river
Columbia River Reports 08/01/2014
BUOY 10: This popular fishery opened Friday. Fishery managers are expecting plenty of action with 1.5 million fall chinook expected to return to the river.
Columbia River Reports 07/29/2014
Columbia: The latest update shows the fall adult chinook run at more than 1.51 million fish, which would set the record. The coho run is now forecast at 638,300 fish. There is some good steelhead action in the Gorge, and near the mouth of some of the tributaries.
Columbia River Reports 07/15/2014
Columbia: Overall, the action is slow. People are catching some steelhead at the mouth of the tributaries that flow into the Bonneville Pool. The pool also is the best place to catch sturgeon right now.
Columbia River Reports 07/11/2014
Columbia: The sockeye salmon return has set a record, with 551,530 sockeye counted at Bonneville Dam as of Thursday. The old record was 521,000 sockeye in 2012. This year’s run forecast is now 560,000 fish. Anglers fishing the lower river can keep summer chinook and sockeye through the end of July. Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon Thursday extended the season for hatchery-reared summer chinook salmon after upgrading the run size to 74,000 fish, up from 67,500. The summer chinook fishery had closed Monday. Boat anglers in the Kalama area are doing well in the catch-and-release only sturgeon fishery.
Columbia River Reports 07/04/2014
Columbia: Catch estimates from June 16-Monday include 1,720 adult chinook kept and 2,056 released during 26,100 angler trips. The Technical Advisory Committee earlier this week updated the sockeye salmon run, The sockeye return is now expected to be 425,000 fish, up from the initial forecast of 347,100 sockeye. The record return came in 2012 and was 521,000 fish. Shad counts remain are consistently less than 10,000 a day.
Columbia River Reports 07/01/2014
Columbia: The adult chinook count at Bonneville Dam has been around 2,000 fish a day for the last few days. The sockeye salmon count has been around 22,000 fish a day. The shad count has been dropping for the last week. On Monday, the count was just 9,636 fish.
Columbia River Reports 06/27/2014
Columbia: Creel checks last week below Bonneville Dam showed 1,394 anglers had kept 185 adult and 11 jack summer chinook, 81 steelhead and 21 sockeye. The catch-and-release sturgeon action has been good in the lower river. Sampling of 269 shad anglers showed they kept 1,031 fish and released 17.
Columbia River Reports 06/25/2014
Columbia: After declining last week, the number of shad making their way through Bonneville Dam rebounded over the weekend (more than 100,000 a day), but dropped off to 58,660 Monday.
Columbia River Reports 06/18/2014
Columbia: Creel checks of 1,523 anglers below Bonneville Dam showed they kept 208 adult and 13 jack spring chinook, 97 steelhead and seven sockeye. Sturgeon fishing has been good in the Kalama area, as well as in the Bonneville Pool. The state also sampled 448 shad anglers, and they had kept 1,807 shad and released 28.
Columbia River Reports 06/14/2014
Columbia: Shad fishing is at its peak. “It’s really a matter of how many fish do you want to catch,” Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood said earlier this week.
The WDFW reports that from June 1-8, anglers made 14,400 trips and caught 2,222 spring chinook (987 kept), 835 summer steelhead (653 kept) and 34 sockeye (all released).
Columbia River Reports 06/11/2014
Columbia: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife projects a return of 67,000 chinook this summer, which would be the seventh-highest return since 1980 and 107 percent of average over the past decade. More than 333,000 sockeye are expected to return to the mouth of the Columbia this year.
Walleye fishing continues to be good in The Dalles Pool, with a recent WDFW report showing boat anglers averaging almost three fish per rod. Boat and bank anglers also are catching bass. At the John Day Pool, the average is two walleye and five bass per rod.
Shad fishing is at its peak, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.
Columbia River Reports 06/07/2014
Columbia: Salmon fishing has slowed down lately, but anglers are scoring some spring chinook in The Dalles and John Day pools.
Columbia River Reports 06/04/2014
Columbia: Salmon fishing below Bonneville Dam was slow during the last six days of May. Some spring chinook are being caught by bank anglers in The Dalles and John Day pools. Best action for sturgeon has been in the John Day Pool. Nearly 100,000 shad crossed Bonneville Dam on Saturday, the highest count so far this year. But the fishing has been a little on the slow side.
Columbia River Reports 05/31/2014
Columbia: Spring-chinook action below Bonneville Dam last week was fair to good. Anglers made 8,881 trips and caught 1,181 adult chinook (604 kept and 577 released) and 339 summer-run steelhead (325 kept and 14 released). Sturgeon fishing has been slow overall, with a few legal fish being caught in the John Day Pool.
Columbia River Reports 05/28/2014
Columbia: The shad are starting to move up river. Anglers were having success in the Bonneville Dam pool and the Washougal docks.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week anglers on the lower Columbia made 8,881 trips and caught 1,181 adult Chinook (604 kept and 577 released) and 339 summer steelhead (325 kept and 14 released). Based on Visual Stock Identification sampling, upriver spring Chinook comprised 79% of the kept catch
Lower Columbia from Marker 82 line downstream – Light effort and catch during the current catch-and-release only fishery.
The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.
John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.
Walleye and Bass
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – A few boat anglers out prospecting without any luck.
The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged over 3 walleye and 7 bass per rod. Bank anglers are also catching some bass.
John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged a walleye and 4.6 bass kept/released per rod. Bank anglers are also catching some bass.
Recent plants of catchable size and larger rainbows in SW WA lakes and streams (no reports on angling success):
Columbia River Reports 05/24/2014
Columbia: Bank fishermen below Bonneville Dam are catching more jack spring chinook than adults while boat anglers are catching the opposite. Fishing for summer-run steelhead has been best mostly from Longview downstream. Sturgeon fishing has been best in the John Day Pool.
Columbia River Reports 05/17/2014
Columbia: Summer-run steelhead and spring-chinook angling opened Thursday between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam. Shad angling also opened upstream to the dam from Buoy 10. Weekly checks by the WDFW showed nine bank anglers released three sublegal sturgeon, and eight boat anglers released six sublegal sturgeon in the Dalles Pool. One legal sturgeon was kept by a boat angler in the John Day Pool. Boat anglers also caught two walleye in The Dalles and John Day pools.
Columbia River Reports 05/14/2014
Columbia: Starting Thursday, fishermen will have another month to catch hatchery-reared spring-chinook salmon and steelhead on the lower river. Anglers will be allowed to catch and keep one hatchery chinook daily through June 15 as part of their catch limit from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Bonneville Dam. In all, people can keep up to two adult salmon or steelhead – or one of each – but no more than one adult chinook per day. Anglers must release all sockeye and any wild salmon or wild steelhead.
Columbia River Reports 05/07/2014
Columbia: In The Dalles Pool last week, boat anglers averaged an adult chinook kept/released for every two rods, and bank anglers averaged one every three rods. Sturgeon fishermen in the John Day Pool are catching some legal-size fish.
Columbia River Reports 04/30/2014
Columbia: In the Bonneville Pool, the spring-chinook catches are increasing for bank anglers just outside Drano Lake. Bank and boat anglers are catching some springers in The Dalles and John Day pools.
Columbia River Reports 04/23/2014
Columbia: Sturgeon fishing below the Bonneville Dam has seen light effort during this catch-and-release fishery, according to WDFW reports. Some legal sturgeon, walleye and bass have been caught in The Dalles and John Day pools.
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
Cowlitz River 12/12/2014
COWLITZ: Action has been good here in recent weeks with anglers catching coho and steelhead.
Cowlitz River 12/05/2014
COWLITZ: The barried dam has been producing coho for boat and bank anglers. Bait fished under a float, or twitching jigs, should result in hook ups.
Cowlitz River 11/28/2014
Cowlitz: One of the few rivers that might be fishable this weekend, Rock said. Coho fishing has been good in recent weeks.
Cowlitz River 11/25/2014
COWLITZ: Coho fishing has been good here of late. Among the fish recovered last week at the salmon hatchery separator by Tacoma Power were 5,583 coho adults and 224 coho jacks.
Cowlitz River 11/21/2014
COWLITZ: The coho action has been very good to excellent. The choice of gear or bait doesn’t seem to matter, but people are using spinners, plugs, jigs and eggs.
Cowlitz River 11/18/2014
Cowlitz: Boat anglers last week averaged an adult coho per rod, while roughly 2 of 3 bank anglers had caught a fish. Though fish are still being caught in the lower river, the barrier dam area has produced the best results for coho. Some winter run steelhead and searun cutthroats are being caught, mainly around the trout hatchery.
Cowlitz River 11/14/2014
COWLITZ: The coho bite remains very good, with anglers averaging a fish per person. People also are catching some fall chinook, summer-run steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout.
Last week at the salmon hatchery separator, Tacoma Power recovered 37 summer steelhead, two winter steelhead, 62 fall chinook, two chinook jacks, 9,096 adult coho, 189 coho jacks, and 52 sea-run cutthroat trout.
Cowlitz River 11/11/2014
COWLITZ: Fishing has been good downstream from the barrier dam. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 194 summer-run steelhead, three winter-run steelhead, 255 fall Chinook adults and six jacks, 11,293 coho adults, 344 coho jacks and 127 sea-run cutthroat trout.
Cowlitz River 11/07/2014
COWLITZ: There are plenty of fish from the barrier dam and downstream. Try fishing for coho with eggs under a float at the dam. If that doesn’t work, try twitching jigs or casting spinners or plugs.
Cowlitz River 11/04/2014
COWLITZ: The coho fishing has been very good. Last week, when including released fish, boat anglers averaged 1.4 coho per rod while bank anglers averaged a little more than 0.75 fish per rod.
Cowlitz River 10/31/2014
COWLITZ: The coho action has been very good. Drift-fishing with eggs, or under a bobber, has been very effective. People also are having luck using jigs, plugs and spinners.
Cowlitz River 10/28/2014
COWLITZ: The fishing has been very good to excellent in the last week. Bank and boat anglers are catching plenty of coho, averaging two fish a person when including fish that are released. Anglers at the barrier dam are catching some fall chinook.
Cowlitz River 10/21/2014
COWLITZ: Last week Tacoma Power recovered 106 summer-run steelhead, 1,051 fall-chinook adults, 52 jacks, 14,936 coho adults and 596 coho jacks. It released 1,842 coho adults and 65 jacks in Lake Scanewa and 490 fall-chinook adults and 17 jacks and 1,793 coho adults and 62 jackets near Packwood.
Cowlitz River 10/15/2014
Cowlitz River – Excellent for coho throughout the river with boat anglers averaging nearly a fish kept per rod and bank anglers one for every 2 rods. Some fall Chinook, summer run steelhead, and sea run cutthroats are also being caught.
Cowlitz River 10/14/2014
COWLITZ: The coho fishing has been good to very good the past few days.
Cowlitz River 10/10/2014
COWLITZ: Last week Tacoma Power recovered 271 summer-run steelhead, 1,301 fall Chinook adults, 85 Chinook jacks, 7,884 coho adults, 775 coho jacks and 60 sea-run cutthroat trout. Employees released 306 fall Chinook adults and nine jacks; 688 coho adults and 40 jacks at Packwood’s Franklin Bridge and one cutthroat trout was released in the upper Cowlitz River basin
Cowlitz River 10/07/2014
COWLITZ: Anglers fishing from boat from the Interstate 5 Bridge downstream are catching mainly coho, while bank anglers at the barrier dam are catching coho and fall chinook. Summer-run steelhead are being caught at the trout hatchery.
Cowlitz River 10/03/2014
COWLITZ: Fall chinook and coho are being caught throughout the river, but the action has been best downstream from the mouth of the Toutle. A few summer-run steelhead and searun cutthroats are also being caught.
Cowlitz River 09/30/2014
COWLITZ: Side-drift with eggs for the best chance to land a fish. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 414 summer-run steelhead, 1,432 fall Chinook adults and 3,920 coho adults.
Cowlitz River 09/26/2014
COWLITZ: The steelhead fishing continues to be good throughout the river, but especially at Blue Creek. Side drifting with eggs has been the most effective method. The salmon fishing has been better in the lower river.
Cowlitz River 09/23/2014
COWLITZ: The fishing has been fair to good, as people are catching fall chinook and coho from the mouth to the barrier dam.
Cowlitz River 09/19/2014
COWLITZ: People are reporting some good catches of summer-run steelhead at Blue Creek. Side drifting with eggs has been the most effective method. A few chinook and coho are being caught as well.
Cowlitz River 09/09/2014
COWLITZ: The action has been fair, based on state creel sampling. Anglers are landing a mix of chinook, coho and steelhead, but the numbers of fish have not been great.
Cowlitz River 09/02/2014
COWLITZ: Steelhead fishing is still productive here.
Cowlitz River 08/26/2014
COWLITZ: The action has been best for summer-run steelhead, while a few fall chinook are being caught. During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator last week Tacoma Power employees recovered 865 summer-run steelhead; 40 spring-chinook adults, 16 jacks, 33 mini-jacks; 17 fall-chinook adults and two jacks; one sockeye adult and three sea-run cutthroat trout.
Cowlitz River 08/22/2014
COWLITZ: People are having success catching summer-run steelhead from Mission Bar upstream. Try back trolling with bait or a plug, or side-drifting eggs.
Cowlitz River 08/19/2014
Cowlitz: Tacoma Power reported that it recoved 1,284 summer-run steelhead last week at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Cowlitz River 08/15/2014
Cowlitz: Tacoma Power’s most reports says it recovered 1,336 summer-run steelhead, 89 spring-chinook adults, 42 jacks, 156 mini-jacks, four fall chinook and two cutthroat trout during a five-day stretch last week.
Cowlitz River 08/12/2014
Cowlitz: Steelhead have been biting for those using eggs and shrimp.
Cowlitz River 08/08/2014
COWLITZ: The river finally seems to be producing consistent catches of steelhead, at the barrier dam and in the Blue Creek area. Try side drifting with eggs or shrimp.
Cowlitz River 08/05/2014
COWLITZ: Up at the barrier dam, bank anglers are catching some spring chinook and summer-run steelhead, while boat anglers are catching steelhead around the trout hatchery.
Cowlitz River 08/01/2014
COWLITZ: While the river is low, the fishing for summer-run steelhead has been fair to good this week. Back trolling and side drifting have been the most effective methods.
Cowlitz River 07/29/2014
Cowlitz: The fishing has been very good in the past week. Boat anglers averaged nearly a hatchery summer-run steelhead per person, according to creel sampling, while bank anglers averaged more than a spring Chinook jack per rod. Most of the steelhead were sampled at Blue Creek and Mission Bar, while the salmon are being caught at the barrier dam.
Cowlitz River 07/15/2014
Cowlitz: Steelhead fishing has improved. State creel samples of 78 boat anglers showed a catch of 53 summer-runs kept and one released, while 35 bank anglers kept 12 adult spring chinook and one steelhead and released one springer. The salmon were caught below the barrier dam, while the steelhead action has been best at the trout hatchery.
Cowlitz River 07/11/2014
Cowlitz: People are catching some summer-run steelhead, but the fish are spread throughout the river. The most success has come using divers and bait.
Cowlitz River 07/04/2014
Cowlitz: The river is showing improved summer-run steelhead action, based on state creel sampling.
Cowlitz River 06/27/2014
Cowlitz: Fishing has been a little slow. During creel checks, 16 boat anglers had kept four adult spring chinook, one jack spring chinook, and 14 summer-run steelhead. There were 72 bank anglers checked and they had eight adult springers, three jack springers and five summer-run steelhead.
Cowlitz River 06/18/2014
Cowlitz: Anglers are doing well fishing for spring chinook between the hatcheries. Some summer-run steelhead also are being caught. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 172 spring chinook adults, 124 jacks and 117 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Cowlitz River 06/14/2014
Cowlitz: The section between Mill Creek south to the posted markers opens Monday.
Cowlitz River 06/11/2014
Cowlitz: Anglers are catching adult and jack spring chinook between the hatcheries. Starting Monday, anglers can fish the south of the river from Mill Creek to the posted markers below the barrier dam. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 118 spring-chinook adults, 65 jacks, 45 summer-run steelhead and seven winter-run steelhead at the Cowlitz Hatchery separator.
Cowlitz River 06/07/2014
Cowlitz: Some spring chinook are biting near the barrier dam.
Cowlitz River 06/04/2014
Cowlitz: Bank anglers fishing at the barrier dam have been catching some spring chinook, both adults and jacks. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 235 spring-chinook adults, 128 jacks, 33 summer-run steelhead and six winter-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Cowlitz River 05/31/2014
Cowlitz: Anglers are catching adult and jack spring chinook between the hatcheries.
Cowlitz River 05/28/2014
Blue Creek: On this Cowlitz River tributary, from the mouth to posted sign above rearing pond outlet, beginning Sunday the daily trout limit will be five fish, up to two fish over 20 inches may be kept.
Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching adult and jack spring Chinook between the hatcheries. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 241 spring Chinook adults, 80 jacks, 36 winter-run steelhead and 31 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released two steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, 66 spring Chinook adults and 42 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 24 spring Chinook adults and 28 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,560 cubic feet per second on Tuesday, May 27. Water visibility is ten feet.
Cowlitz River 05/24/2014
Cowlitz: People are catching a little bit of everything — adult and jack spring chinook, as well as winter- and summer-run steelhead. Most of the action is between the hatcheries.
Cowlitz River 05/21/2014
Cowlitz: The action is far from red-hot, but several spring chinook are being caught just about every day. River flows were back on the rise Tuesday after being fairly consistent last week. The flow was 8,460 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning.
Cowlitz River 05/17/2014
Cowlitz: Tacoma Power reported Monday that it recovered 179 winter-run steelhead, one summer-run steelhead, 104 spring-chinook adults and 25 jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Cowlitz River 05/14/2014
Cowlitz: Tacoma Power reported May 12 that it recovered 179 winter-run steelhead, one summer-run steelhead, 104 spring-chinook adults and 25 jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Workers released four steelhead into the Tilton River last week.
Cowlitz River 05/10/2014
Cowlitz: The spring chinook action is showing signs of improving. Some steelhead are being caught in the Blue Creek stretch.
Cowlitz River 05/07/2014
Cowlitz: People are not catching more spring chinook than steelhead now. Overall, the action has been fair.
Cowlitz River 05/03/2014
Cowlitz: Some spring chinook are being caught downstream from the barrier dam. Most boat anglers are back-trolling with eggs or herring behind a jet diver. People fishing from the bank are using eggs under a float at the dam.
Cowlitz River 04/30/2014
Cowlitz: Anglers are catching about an equal number of hatchery spring chinook and winter-run steelhead. There are quite a few spring-chinook jacks in the catch, too. Most of the action has been between the hatcheries.
Cowlitz River 04/26/2014
Cowlitz: Steelhead action has been best just downstream of where Blue Creek enters the river. Using eggs under a float has been effective. Some chinook are being caught at the barrier dam.
Cowlitz River 04/23/2014
Cowlitz: Anglers are catching a mix of spring chinook and winter-run steelhead between the hatcheries. Tacoma Power Utilities reports that last week it recovered 836 winter-run steelhead, 80 spring-chinook adults, eight jacks and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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
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.
Duwamish River 09/16/2014
DUWAMISH: The coho action has been fair to good. Lures seem to be outperforming bait right now.
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.
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.
Green River (King County) 12/12/2014
GREEN: Todd Rock of Auburn Sports and Marine says anglers can land some late chum. Also, steelhead are being caught below Soos Creek.
Green River (King County) 11/28/2014
Green: Not in good shape for fishing thanks to recent rain, said Todd Rock of Auburn Sports and Marine.
Green River 11/25/2014
GREEN: Chum have been biting, according to recent reports.
Green River (King County) 11/21/2014
GREEN: The fishing for chum has been fair to good.
Green River (King County) 11/14/2014
GREEN: Fishing for chum salmon has improved, although the water level is still a bit high. Look for fish along the golf course in Auburn. Jigs, in purple and blue, fished under a bobber has been effective.
Green River (King County) 11/11/2014
GREEN: Anglers are catching chum, coho and steelhead.
Green River (King County) 11/07/2014
GREEN: The river conditions have improved, and people are reporting catching some chum, some bright red coho and a few steelhead.
Green River (King County) 11/04/2014
GREEN: The chum fishing has improved, with some people catching their limits. Fishing with jigs under a float has been working well.
Green River (King County) 10/28/2014
GREEN: People are starting to catch some chum salmon. Start with green corkies and yarn and then change corky colors until you find one that works. The river level is high, so be cautious. The upper river is scheduled to open Saturday.
Green River (King County) 10/24/2014
GREEN: People are catching a few chum salmon despite the high water. A week ago, the river flow measured in Auburn was just over 600 cubic feet per second. By Friday morning, the flow was at 1,640 cfs.
Green River (King County) 10/10/2014
GREEN: The coho action has been a little slower this week, but could pick up if the weekend forecast proves correct for rain.
Green River (King County) 10/07/2014
GREEN: The early morning action has been good on the Duwamish, which is good news for people hitting the Green later in the day. Drifting eggs seems to be the most effective method right now, but spinners and jigs also are working.
Green River (King County) 09/26/2014
GREEN: The action has slowed down a bit. Most people are reporting catching a coho on each outing. Anglers free drifting eggs have been having success.
Green River (King County) 09/23/2014
GREEN: The coho fishing has been fair to good. People are having success fishing the tidal switch in the lower river, using eggs or jigs.
Green River (King County) 09/09/2014
GREEN: This has been one of the best rivers right now for consistent catches of nice, bright coho. Anglers are having success fishing in the morning with eggs.
Green River (King County) 09/02/2014
GREEN: Just opened Sunday, there are no reports yet of catches on the Duwamish Waterway but silvers are starting to show up.
Green River (King County) 07/11/2014
Green: People are catching a few steelhead near Kanaskat-Palmer State Park. Try drifting a pink jig under a bobber through the deeper runs.
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 Basin Map & Info
Hoh River 06/04/2014
The Hoh river will reopen on Saturday.
Hoh River 04/23/2014
The Hoh river is closed!
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.
Also see the Olympic Peninsula River Reports Below.
Humptulips River 10/31/2014
HUMPTULIPS: Coho fishing has been fair to good. Most people are using Nos. 4 or 5 Vibrax spinners, while others are using jigs or Wiggle Wart-type plugs.
Humptulips River 10/14/2014
HUMPTULIPS: People are catching some chinook and coho, but the action has been off and on.
Humptulips River 10/03/2014
HUMPTULPIS: The chinook fishing has been fair to good. People are having success free drifting with eggs, casting a Blue Fox spinner or drifting corkies and yarn in green, black, red or pink.
Humptulips River 09/19/2014
HUMPTULIPS: Despite the water level being extremely low, people are catching chinook and a few coho. With the fish spooky because of water conditions, use smaller bait, clear floats and florocarbon leaders.
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.
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.
John's Creek 09/29/2012
Johns: Chamberlain said he has heard plenty of success stories from anglers fishing here.
Kalama River 11/18/2014
Kalama: Effort and catch remains light from the Modrow Bridge downstream.
Kalama River 10/21/2014
KALAMA: Bank and boat anglers are catching fish according to the WDFW.
Kalama River 06/27/2014
Kalama: Anglers can again keep hatchery spring chinook, from the boundary markers at the mouth to 1,000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery. The season will be open through July 31. The state approved the change because the hatchery escapement goal is expected to be met.
Kalama River 06/11/2014
Kalama: The action is slow.
Kalama River 05/28/2014
Kalama River – Effort remains light. Kalama Falls Hatchery spring Chinook return as of 5/25/14 is 188 adults including 9 wild origin and 52 Lewis stock. The hatchery escapement goal is about 400 adults.
Kalama River 05/07/2014
Kalama: Anglers are catching about the same number of spring chinook, which have to be released, as they are steelhead.
Kalama River 04/30/2014
Kalama: Anglers are catching some spring chinook, which must be released, and steelhead, though most were wild fish and were released.
Kalama River 04/23/2014
Kalama: Anglers are catching spring chinook (which are required to be released) and steelhead according to the WDFW.
Port of Kalama
Kennedy Creek 12/05/2014
KENNEDY: Most anglers are using corkies and yarn in varying shades of green, or an anchovy under a bobber, to hook chum salmon. There have been lots of fish coming into the creek this week.
Kennedy Creek 11/04/2014
KENNEDY: The chum action continues to slowly improve. There were 57 anglers checked on Sunday, and they had landed 14 chum.
Kennedy Creek 10/28/2014
KENNEDY: The action has been fair for chum salmon, with the catch rate averaging about 0.5 fish per person.
Kennedy Creek 10/24/2014
KENNEDY: The first chum salmon are starting to show up at the mouth of the creek.
Klickitat River 11/14/2014
KLICKITAT: Anglers willing to make the trip have been rewarded with very good catches of coho. State creel samples showed bank anglers on the lower river averaged two coho per rod while boat anglers averaged four coho per rod.
Klickitat River 11/04/2014
KLICKITAT: The lower river has been excellent for coho. According to creel samples, bank anglers were averaging nearly three fish per rod, while boat anglers landed two coho per rod.
Klickitat River 10/21/2014
Klickitat River – Bank anglers below Fisher Hill Bridge averaged about a coho per rod. Some fall Chinook are also being caught.
Klickitat River 10/10/2014
KLICKITAT: Fly anglers are doing well with swung fly and nymph but be prepared to put in some time. the egg pattern has been effective for the nymph. The action has been good on the entire river according to the most recent report from The Evening Hatch in Yakima.
Klickitat River 06/14/2014
Klickitat: The lower river is still producing spring chinook.
Klickitat River 06/04/2014
Klickitat: Still some spring chinook being caught by bank anglers downstream from the Fisher Hill Bridge, but overall effort is light on the lower river.
Klickitat River 05/31/2014
Klickitat: Bank anglers in the lower river are catching an equal mix of adult and jack spring chinook. Through Tuesday, 144 fish had been counted. The escapement goal is 400-500 fish.
Klickitat River 05/28/2014
Klickitat River – Bank anglers in the lower river are catching about an equal mix of adult and jack spring Chinook.
Klickitat River 04/30/2014
Klickitat: Some springers and summer-run steelhead are appearing in the bank angler creels below Fisher Hill Bridge.
Lewis River 12/12/2014
LEWIS: Some anglers on the North Fork have had luck landing coho and steelhead from the banks, but action has been slow on the main stem.
Lewis River 11/18/2014
Lewis: Bank and boat anglers on the mainstem Lewis are catching some coho. Boat anglers on the North Fork Lewis area also are catching some fall chinook.
Lewis River 11/14/2014
LEWIS: The best action has been on the North Fork, where boat anglers averaged better than a coho per rod.
Lewis River 11/04/2014
LEWIS: The North Fork has produced some good coho action. Boat anglers averaged an adult coho per rod. Some fall chinook are also being caught.
Lewis River 10/28/2014
LEWIS: People are catching some chinook and coho on the main stem, while the action for both species seems a little better on the North Fork. The East Fork is producing some summer-run steelhead.
Lewis River 10/21/2014
LEWIS: Including fish released, boat and bank anglers are averaging more than a fish for every two rods on the North Fork according to the WDFW. Fishing is slower at the mouth of the river.
Lewis River 10/15/2014
Lewis River – Mainstem and North Fork Lewis are producing some fall Chinook and coho.
Lewis River 10/10/2014
LEWIS: Anglers are catching fish from the banks.
Lewis River 10/07/2014
LEWIS: In the North Fork, bank anglers are catching mostly coho and a few fall chinook.
Lewis River 09/23/2014
LEWIS: Anglers in boats at the mouth and bank anglers near the salmon hatchery on the North Fork are catching coho and some fall chinook.
Lewis River 07/29/2014
Lewis: Some steelhead are being caught at the mouth of the river.
Lewis River 06/18/2014
Lewis: The fishing has been slow. The adult spring chinook return as of Sunday is 903 adults, including 16 wild origin. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.
Lewis River 06/11/2014
Lewis: Anglers are catching steelhead near the salmon hatchery.
Lewis River 06/04/2014
Lewis: The spring-chinook return as of Sunday was 837 adults, including 16 wild fish. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.
Lewis River 05/31/2014
Lewis: Fishing has been very slow. As of Sunday, the spring-chinook return was 591 adults, including 12 wild fish. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.
Lewis River 05/28/2014
Lewis River – No report on angling success. Spring Chinook returns as of 5/25/14 is 591 adults including 12 wild origin. River flow ranged between about 3,000 & 4,800 cfs the past week. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.
Lewis River 05/24/2014
Lewis: Fishing has been slow. As of Sunday, a little more than 500 spring chinook have returned to the traps. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.
Lewis River 05/07/2014
Lewis: Few people are on the water, and few fish are being caught. As of Sunday, 150 adult chinook — including three wild-origin fish — have returned. The return forecast is 1,100 fish, while the hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.
Lewis River 04/30/2014
Lewis: Fishing pressure has been very light. Through April 23, 11 hatchery adult spring chinook had returned to the traps. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 fish.
Lewis River 04/23/2014
Lewis: Closed for spring chinook, and the North fork from Johnson Creek to Merwin Dam is closed to all fishing.
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.
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
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.
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.
Naches River 06/25/2014
Naches: The river is a bit high right now, making a float trip the best option. Using dry flies like a purple trude or caddis are good options.
Nisqually River 12/16/2014
NISQUALLY: The chum action has improved in the last week or so. Anglers are having success casting spinners or drift-fishing with chartreuse corkies and yarn on a 3-foot leader.
Nisqually River 12/12/2014
NISQUALLY: Rock says this will probably be a good place for chum this weekend. “Drift fish with corky and yarn or float a pink-and-purple jig tipped with a bit of prawn meat,” he says.
Nisqually River 10/28/2014
NISQUALLY: The salmon fishing has been very slow.
Nisqually River 10/21/2014
NISQUALLY: The section of the river downstream of Military Tank Crossing Bridge and at the mouth of Kalama and Clear creeks is open for the retention of hatchery chinook.
Nisqually River 10/10/2014
NISQUALLY: No reports of action picking up here.
Nisqually River 10/07/2014
NISQUALLY: The salmon fishing has been very slow for the past week or so.
Nisqually River 09/26/2014
NISQUALLY: The action has been slow. Also, anglers must release all chinook salmon. Fishing also is closed from 100 yards downstream to 100 yards upstream of the mouths of Clear and Kalama creeks.
Nisqually River 09/23/2014
NISQUALLY: Using black corkies and yarn is producing some coho. Anglers are reminded they must release all chinook. In addition, fishing is closed from 100 yards downstream to 100 yards upstream of the mouths of Clear and Kalama creeks. The chinook run is well below the preseason forecast, and the change is needed to meet spawning goals at the hatcheries.
Nisqually River 09/16/2014
NISQUALLY: The river is producing some nice chinook. The action has been good overall. Corkies and yarn, Blue Fox spinners in sizes 4 and 5, a Wicked Lure spinner or float fishing with eggs.
Nisqually River 09/12/2014
NISQUALLY: A few coho are being caught, but the action is far from good at this moment.
Nisqually River 09/02/2014
NISQUALLY: Todd Rock of Auburn Sports and Marine spent four days fishing on the Nisqually and says the action was good for those drifting with eggs or using Wicked Lures.
Nisqually River 08/29/2014
NISQUALLY: There seems to be some improvement in the fishing, but the action is still slow overall.
Nisqually River 08/22/2014
NISQUALLY: The action is still very slow.
Nisqually River 08/19/2014
Nisqually: The river is closed through Wednesday before reopening for four days.
Nisqually River 08/15/2014
Nisqually: The river is open for the weekend but will be closed Aug. 18-20, 25-27 and 12 days in September.
Nisqually River 08/12/2014
Nisqually: The river is closed through Wednesday, one of several closures this summer meant to reduce fisherman conflicts.
Nisqually River 08/08/2014
NISQUALLY: Anglers are reminded the river will be closed Monday-Wednesday, part of a series of closures this month and next meant to reduce fisherman conflicts.
Nisqually River 08/01/2014
NISQUALLY: The catching has not been good at all, but more people are reporting chinook jumping and rolling on the surface.
Nisqually River 07/29/2014
Nisqually: The action has been slow.
Nisqually River 07/01/2014
Nisqually: The river opened for salmon fishing Tuesday, but there were no reports available when this report was written.
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 Basin Map & Info
Nisqually River Management Program
Nooksack River 01/03/2013
The Nooksack River is seeing some pretty good steelhead fishing.
Nooksack River Basin Map & Info
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.
Olympic Peninsula River 12/16/2014
OLYMPIC COAST: Fishing for hatchery steelhead should be pretty good now that the rivers have returned to near-normal levels for this time of year. There is rain in the forecast but not enough to send flows back to the flood-like levels a week ago.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 11/28/2014
Olympic Peninsula: Winter-run steelhead action has been slower than normal this fall.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 11/25/2014
OLYMPIC PENINSULA: Typically the action is heating up by this time of year, but the rivers on the peninsula are still waiting for winter steelhead fishing to pick up. “Maybe they’re late,” Chamberlain said. “Or maybe it’s a sign that it’s going to be a slow year.”
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 11/21/2014
OLYMPIC COAST: The Quilleyute system seems to be the best option these days. The action as of late has been best by the hatchery on the Sol Duc River.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 11/14/2014
OLYMPIC COAST: Anglers are catching a mix of a few steelhead, some bright coho and a few chinook. The winter-run steelhead should be reaching the systems in greater numbers in the coming week or so.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 11/07/2014
OLYMPIC COAST: If the rain holds off this weekend, the rivers could be fishable. The Sol Duc has been the best option this week. The Hoh was flowing at 7,310 cubic feet per second Friday morning. Try fishing with pink or chartreuse jigs close to shore, or a size 5 Vibrax spinner with an orange or chartreuse body and silver blade.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 10/31/2014
OLYMPIC COAST: The action for coho has been best in the Quileute River system, especially the Sol Duc. The Hoh has been blown out off and on recently. In the high water, large plugs such as size 13-15 Kwik Fish have been effective.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 10/28/2014
OLYMPIC COAST: The rivers are dropping into good shape. The question is how long will that last? There is rain in the forecast through the weekend.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 10/24/2014
OLYMPIC COAST: The fishing should be fair to good this weekend, if there is not too much rain. Flows have come down since peaking Wednesday night. The Hoh was at 4,860 cfs Friay morning after topping out at 16,500 late Wednesday night.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 10/14/2014
OLYMPIC COAST: The rivers are fishing well, producing some coho and steelhead. River levels have jumped rapidly after the rain, but that also should bring more fish into the systems.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 09/26/2014
OLYMPIC PENINSULA: A portion of the Hoh and South Fork Hoh rivers will close at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The Hoh will be closed from Morgan’s Crossing boat launch upstream to the Olympic National Park boundary, while the South Fork Hoh River outside park will be closed. The closure, in effect until Oct. 15, is to protect spring/summer chinook that are spawning in the upper river.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 09/16/2014
OLYMPIC COAST: People are catching searun cutthroat trout on dry flies and some summer-run steelhead with nymphs and streamers.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 09/12/2014
OLYMPIC COAST: People are catching a mix of chinook, coho and sockeye salmon, as well as some steelhead. Anglers are reminded the upper Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River and their tributaries are closed until Oct. 16.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 07/22/2014
Olympic Peninsula: The water is low, and not many anglers are bothering right now.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 07/18/2014
Olympic Peninsula: The Hoh might be the best option for the weekend because it has good flows and some color. The Sol Duc and Bogachiel have been producing trout and some steelhead but are fairly low and clear.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 06/27/2014
Olympic Coast: If you want to try for sea-run cutthroat trout, start with a muddler minnow. The fishing has been fair to good.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 06/07/2014
Olympic Coast: The Hoh, Bogachiel and Calawah rivers reopen Saturday.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 06/04/2014
Olympic Coast: The Hoh, Bogachiel and Calawah reopen Saturday.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 05/28/2014
Olympic Coast: The fishing for hatchery chinook has been fair to good on the lower Sol Duc, from the mouth to the salmon hatchery near Sappho. The Hoh, Bogachiel and Calawah are closed until June 7.
Olympic Peninsula Rivers 04/23/2014
Olympic coast: Mixed results here, although many anglers are trying their luck because of closures on other rivers. The Hoh, Queets and Quinault rivers are closed.
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
Puyallup River 12/16/2014
PUYALLUP: Anglers are hooking some coho and chum, even though the river is still a bit high. There are reports of having success floating a shrimp-tipped jog under a float. Jigs in blue, pink, green or purple — or a combination of those — have been effective.
Puyallup River 11/28/2014
Puyallup: High and dirty like most of the lakes in the region.
Puyallup River 11/21/2014
PUYALLUP: The river was low earlier this week, but Friday’s rain should bring levels back up and hopefully bring some fish with it. The action has been very slow overall, but a few coho, chum and Dolly Varden are being caught.
Puyallup River 11/04/2014
PUYALLUP: While the river is still high and murky, people are hooking some chum salmon. After the river flow dropped to about 3,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) Monday morning, flows were at 5,370 cfs and climbing 24 hours later.
Puyallup River 10/31/2014
PUYALLUP: Fishing remains slow, but anglers now have to contend with high water. The flow at Puyallup was 6,190 cubic feet per second, almost three times the average flow for this time of year.
Puyallup River 10/28/2014
PUYALLUP: A few people are braving the high water, but having little success. One angler reported landing a chum salmon.
Puyallup River 10/14/2014
PUYALLUP: There were signs early this week that more coho are making their way into the river. The best sign, fish on stringers headed for shore.
Puyallup River 10/10/2014
PUYALLUP: Action has been slow of late.
Puyallup River 10/07/2014
PUYALLUP: The fishing has been very slow here too.
Puyallup River 09/30/2014
PUYALLUP: Coho fishing could pick up in the coming month.
Puyallup River 09/19/2014
PUYALLUP: People are catching some coho, but the action would be best described as fair right now.
Puyallup River 09/16/2014
PUYALLUP: The action has slowed down compared to a couple of weeks ago. There seems to be a lull between runs. Most anglers are using corkies and yarn mostly.
Puyallup River 09/12/2014
PUYALLUP: There are bright coho being caught in the river, all the way up to Sumner. The number of fish in the river seems to be increasing.
Puyallup River 09/09/2014
PUYALLUP: Some fish are being caught, but the action is far from red hot.
Puyallup River 09/02/2014
PUYALLUP: Rock says that the fishing continues to be quite good here.
Puyallup River 08/29/2014
PUYALLUP: Fishing is still slow, but people are landing an occasional coho and chinook. A reminder the river is closed from the 11th Street bridge to the White River on Sunday and Monday.
Puyallup River 08/26/2014
PUYALLUP: A few anglers have been heading out but are coming home empty-handed.
Puyallup River 08/22/2014
PUYALLUP: Chinook fishing is still slow, although an occasional fish is being brought in. Try casting spinners or using corkies and yarn in red or orange.
Puyallup River 08/19/2014
Puyallup: The stretch between the 11th Street and Freeman bridges is now open for salmon fishing.
Puyallup River 08/15/2014
Puyallup: Salmon fishing starts Saturday, Aug. 16, between the 11th Street and Freeman bridges.
Puyallup River 08/12/2014
Puyallup: Saturday, Aug. 16, marks the opener for fishing between the 11th Street and Freeman bridges.
Puyallup River 08/08/2014
PUYALLUP: The river is set to open to recreational fishing in one week.
Puyallup River 01/01/2014
Puyallup: The Puyallup River is closed to fishing starting today.
Puyallup River Basin
Queets River 04/23/2014
The Queets is closed!
Also see the Olympic Peninsula Rivers reports.
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.
Quinault River 04/23/2014
The Quinault River is closed!
Also see the Olympic Peninsula Rivers Reports.
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.
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.
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 Above the Suiattle:Closed until June 1st, 2012
More info on the Sauk River
Skagit River 09/16/2014
SKAGIT: The coho action has been pretty good, even though the water is clear and low. Try drifting cured eggs under a float through the deeper holes.
Skagit River 06/25/2014
Skagit: The sockeye action has been slow since the weekend.
Skagit River 06/18/2014
Skagit: The sockeye action was slow over the weekend, in part because of the extreme tidal changes. Caught fish were few and far between.
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 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
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.
Skokomish River 10/24/2014
SKOKOMISH: Most anglers are using chartreuse or cerise corkies and yarn for chum salmon.
Skokomish River 08/26/2014
SKOKOMISH: The action has been very slow.
Skokomish River Channel (PDF)
Skookumchuck River 12/05/2014
SKOOKUMCHUCK: People are catching some coho, but the majority of the fish have been dark. Pink jigs or flies have been working best.
Skookumchuck River 11/28/2014
Skookumchuck: Might be worth fishing near Bloody Run Creek, Rock said. The forecast of cold, dry weather should improve river fishing conditions around the South Sound.
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.
Skykomish River 12/16/2014
SKYKOMISH: Some people are catching their limit of hatchery steelhead, fishing from Reiter Pond to Proctor Creek.
Skykomish River 12/05/2014
SKYKOMISH: People are having some success catching steelhead, but overall the action has been fair. Try using a pink or red jig fished under a float. The bite has been best mid-day when the water can warm up some.
Skykomish River 08/15/2014
Skykomish: Pretty slow, but fish are still occasionally caught in the Reiter Pond area.
Skykomish River 07/22/2014
Skykomish: King fishing is winding down, and steelhead fishing is slow because of the dropping water level. A few fish are being caught each day in the Reiter Ponds area.
Skykomish River 07/18/2014
Skykomish: People looking for summer-run steelhead might want to head north. The Reiter Ponds stretch has been the best area to fish. Try a pink or orange jig tipped with sand shrimp, or orange corkies.
Skykomish River 07/11/2014
Skykomish: People are catching some hatchery steelhead, with the best action taking place downstream of the Lewis Street access site in Monroe. People are having success free drifting.
Skykomish River 06/14/2014
Skykomish: Steelhead fishing has been good all month.
Skykomish River 06/11/2014
Skykomish: Chamberlain called last week’s steelhead opener “probably the best I’ve ever seen.” But the action has slowed down quite a bit. Now he describes the fishing on the Skykomish “as more realistic but still good.”
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.”
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.
Snohomish River 11/07/2014
SNOHOMISH: People making the drive north are hooking coho and chum salmon.
Snohomish River 09/19/2014
SNOHOMISH: More coho are moving into the system, but don’t seem to be holding in one spot for very long. Try casting Dick Nite spoons, plugs or small spinners.
Snohomish River 09/09/2014
SNOHOMISH: People making the drive north had some success over the weekend. Most people are drifting jigs under a bobber, while others are using spoons.
Snohomish River Basin
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.
Sol Duc River 07/18/2014
The Sol Duc and has been producing trout and some steelhead but is fairly low and clear.
Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/07/18/3293551/fishing-report-for-july-18-algae.html?sp=/99/1683/160/157/#storylink=cpy
Sol Duc River 06/25/2014
Sol Duc: Below average water flows have made fro some good trout fishing. Streamers have been effective in the morning and then people are switching to dry flies when the stoneflies, green drakes and pale morning duns start hatching.
Sol Duc River 05/07/2014
SOL DUC: The lower river is open from the mouth to the salmon hatchery near Sappho. Fishing for hatchery spring chinook has been good.
Also see Olympic Peninsula Rivers below......
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
Tilton River 11/18/2014
Tilton: Last week, Tacoma Power released 30 fall chinook adults, two coho jacks, 1,574 coho adults, 45 jacks, seven cutthroat trout and one winter-run steelhead at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
Tilton River 11/14/2014
TILTON: Tacoma Power employees last week released 108 fall-chinook adults, three jacks; 1,321 coho adults, 45 jacks; and 18 cutthroat trout into the river at Gus Backstrom Park in Morton.
Tilton River 11/11/2014
TILTON: Tacoma Power recently released 1,321 coho adults and 108 fall Chinook adults in Morton.
Tilton River 11/04/2014
TILTON: Last week, Tacoma Power employees released 157 fall chinook adults, 11 chinook jacks; 1,014 coho adults, 52 coho jacks; and one cutthroat trout into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
Tilton River 10/28/2014
TILTON: Last week, Tacoma Power employee released 175 fall chinook adults and 22 jacks; 974 coho adults and 35 jacks; and six cutthroat trout into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
Tilton River 10/21/2014
TILTON: Last week Tacoma Power released 375 fall-chinook adults, 26 jacks and 1,111 coho adults and 24 jacks and seven cutthroat trout near Morton.
Tilton River 10/10/2014
TILTON: Last week Tacoma Power released 553 fall Chinook adults, 55 jacks, 507 coho adults, 24 jacks and eight cutthroat trout at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.
Tilton River 10/03/2014
TILTON: Last week, Tacoma Power crews released 737 fall chinook adults, 81 jacks; 2,010 coho adults, 162 jacks and four cutthroat trout into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
Tilton River 09/23/2014
TILTON: Last week, 441 fall chinook adults, 33 jacks; 549 coho adults, 53 jacks and two cutthroat trout into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. Another 442 chinook adults and 10 jacks; 72 coho adults and eight jacks were put in the river at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.
Tilton River 08/15/2014
Tilton: Tacoma Power released four fall-chinook adults in Morton last week.
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.
Tokul Creek 12/12/2014
TOKUL: This creek opens at 7 a.m. Saturday from the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge upstream to the posted cable boundary marker below the hatchery intake. Expect crowds and an excellent chance to catch fish, Rock said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wenatchee River 06/07/2014
Wenatchee: Friday, the Wenatchee River opened to spring chinook fishing for the first time in almost 20 years. The daily limit is two fish measuring at least 12 inches and marked with a clipped adipose fin. All wild chinook must be released.
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.
Whatcom Creek 01/12/2012
Whatcom Creek will stay open to Tuesday, Feb. 28.
White River (King County)
White Salmon River 09/29/2012
White Salmon: Not much happening here, according to reports.
Wind River 06/14/2014
Wind: Light effort, but some anglers are catching spring chinook on the upper river.
Wind River 05/28/2014
Wind River – Effort has dropped but anglers are catching some fish throughout the river.
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.
Wynoochee River 12/12/2014
WYNOOCHEE: Steelhead fishing could be good this weekend even though the river is still a bit high, Rock says
Wynoochee River 11/21/2014
WYNOOCHEE: This river is fishing well for coho, along with the nearby Satsop, Humptulips and Chehalis. Spinners, plugs and jigs all have been effective.
Wynoochee River 11/07/2014
WYNOOCHEE: The river, and other rivers in the area, is blown out.
Wynoochee River 08/15/2014
Wynoochee: A report posted at washingtonlakes.com says at least one angler had luck landing steelhead this week.
Wynoochee River 08/05/2014
WYNOOCHEE: The steelhead action has been hit or miss, with a few fish caught here and there. A bobber and jig or spinners have been working.
Wynoochee River 07/11/2014
Wynoochee: The action has been slow. Fish the deep holes for steelhead because the river is low and clear. Small spinners or nightmare pattern or red jigs under a bobber have produced some fish.
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.
Yakima River 12/16/2014
YAKIMA: Look for trout holding in dropoffs and pools at the bottom end of large riffles. Trout starting feed in late morning and will keep feeding to midafternoon. Try midge, stonefly, caddis and skwala patterns.
Yakima River 12/05/2014
YAKIMA: The trout should be biting again now that the ice floes have stopped floating downstream. Running streamers on a sink tip line or nymphs under an indicator through holes 3-4 feet deep with slowly moving water should be effective.
Yakima River 11/21/2014
YAKIMA: Nymphs like the Pat’s stonefly or a silver beadhead olive zebra midge have been very effective.
Yakima River 11/14/2014
YAKIMA: Trout action remains good. People are having success fishing streamers such as Pat’s stoneflies or with nymphs such as olive and black zebra midges.
Yakima River 11/07/2014
YAKIMA: The trout fishing should be good this weekend. The river flow has been holding steady all week and the weather forecast is good. Fish with small nymphs during the day, then look for blue wing olive hatches in the afternoon.
Yakima River 11/04/2014
YAKIMA: After the river flow jumped to about 2,000 cfs over the weekend, it has dropped back and has held steady around 1,400 cfs since then. That has given fish time to return to their favorite spots and for the water to clear. If there isn’t too much rain this week, the fishing should be good.
Yakima River 10/31/2014
YAKIMA: Trout fishing remains good, with hatches of October caddis, plus small blue wing olives and cahills when conditions are right. Try using size 18 flies, whether you are using nymphs or dry flies.
Yakima River 10/28/2014
YAKIMA: Swinging streamers like a size-8 olive Sculpzilla, fished on a sink tip line, has been effective method for catching rainbow trout.
Yakima River 10/24/2014
YAKIMA: The fly fishing for trout has been good. Smaller nymphs seem to be working best right now. The river level rose some Thursday, but should hold steady for the weekend.
Yakima River 10/14/2014
YAKIMA: The key is to find those spots where the trout are holding. Once you find the fish, try small flies like a WD-40, Copper John or a Super Sinker. There has been some dry-fly action when the winds have eased.
Yakima River 10/10/2014
YAKIMA: Fly fishing has been good from Easton to Roza. Dry fly and adult crane fly have worked well.
Yakima River 10/07/2014
YAKIMA: Trout anglers are taking advantage of the hatches brought on by the warmer weather. Adult crane flies and mayflies have been effective patterns.
Yakima River 10/03/2014
YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been good to very good. Fly anglers are having success using smaller nymphs (size 16 and smaller), fished on lighter tippets and smaller indicators.
Yakima River 09/26/2014
YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been good to very good. Most of the action has been on stonefly and October caddis patterns.
Yakima River 09/23/2014
YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been very good, with the fish hitting dry flies such as a size 10 cranefly or nymphs like a size 16 Deep Six caddis.
Yakima River 09/19/2014
YAKIMA: The stonefly hatch has been at its peak this week. If the days are warm, the best action has been in the evening. If it is cold at night, the hatch has been mid-day. October caddis also are hatching.
Yakima River 09/16/2014
YAKIMA: The stonefly hatches are reaching their peak, and on most evenings, the October caddis are hatching. With the flow steady at 1,300 cubic feet per second, conditions are great for wade fishing.
Yakima River 09/12/2014
YAKIMA: The trout action is very good, despite river conditions being very low and clear. The fish seem to be keying in on October caddis pupae right now. The flow was 1,250 cubic feet per second Friday morning, which is low even for this time of year.
Yakima River 09/09/2014
YAKIMA: The fly action has been very good in recent days. Looking for the trout holding in seams and pools in the middle of the river, now that flows are low. There have been hatches of caddis, yellow mayflies and crane flies. Terresetrial patterns like grasshoppers, ants and beetles also are effective.
Yakima River 08/29/2014
YAKIMA: Look for trout holding away from the bank in pools, along ledges and amid boulder gardens. With water levels dropping, fly-anglers should switch to lighter leaders. Also switch to smaller flies, rather than the large ones used during the summer.
Yakima River 08/26/2014
YAKIMA: The river is slowly falling to post-summer levels, meaning the trout have moved off the banks. Look for the main seams that will hold the most oxygenated water. The dry-fly action remains good to very good.
Yakima River 08/22/2014
YAKIMA: River conditions have vastly improved since being muddied by rain a week ago, and the fishing is responding. Tan stonefly patterns in size 10 are a good starting point for dry-fly anglers. People using a dry fly with a dropper are having success as well.
Yakima River 08/08/2014
YAKIMA: Grasshopper patterns cast close to the bank are consistently producing fish throughout the day. The key is to have a drag-free drift through likely holding areas and being patient on the hook set. Many trout are hitting the flies, but not biting them until a second pass.
Yakima River 08/05/2014
YAKIMA: In the lower canyon, the best action seems to be in the morning these days. Try casting size 8 or 10 stonefly-grasshopper dry flies into prime lies. Around Benton City, the smallmouth bass fishing has been good.
Yakima River 08/01/2014
YAKIMA: The trout action has been good to very good. Try casting a grasshopper pattern tight to the bank during the day. In the morning and evening, add a caddis dropper. There have been some pale morning duns hatching in the evenings.
Yakima River 07/29/2014
Yakima: This time of year, you fish in the morning and evening. Early in the day, use grasshopper and stonefly dry fly patterns in the seams, then switch to caddis or pale morning dun patterns in the evening.
Yakima River 07/18/2014
Yakima: The action remains best early in the morning and in the evening. There has been some good action on large hopper/stonefly dry-fly patterns. Use flies in sizes 8 and 10.
Yakima River 07/15/2014
Yakima: River flows are holding steady around 4,700 cubic feet per second. That has the trout holding tight to the bank; try casting large dry flies with a size 12 black Copper John as a dropper. When using nymphs, use a fly that is one size larger than you normally would, because of the high flows.
Yakima River 07/11/2014
Yakima: River flows have been slowing climbing in the last week or so, and are now close to 4,500 cubic feet per second. The summer stonefly hatch is under way, meaning anglers are casting large dry flies close to the bank.
Yakima River 07/04/2014
Yakima: With hot and humid weather in the area, the best action has been in the evening starting about 6 p.m. Anglers are using a combination of a X-caddis with some sort of cripple pattern as the dropper fly. Make sure your cast gets the flies tight to the bank.
Yakima River 07/01/2014
Yakima: The trout fishing has been good. Fly anglers will want to make sure they have a good supply of size 8 Pat’s rubber leg stonefly nymphs, in coffee and black. Fish them about 3 feet under an indicator. Also have pale morning dun and caddis dry flies for the evening hatches.
Yakima River 06/27/2014
Yakima: The evening hatches have produced some really good dry-fly fishing. Have some stonefly patterns, as well as caddis patterns for later in the evening. The fish seem to be holding 2-4 feet from the bank.
Yakima River 06/25/2014
Yakima: The trout fishing has been very good to excellent, but anglers need to be aware that water temperatures are fairly high. Play any hooked fish quickly and do your best not to take them out of the water when removing the hook.
Yakima River 06/18/2014
Yakima: The upper river is producing some good catches of rainbow trout. Try using a Chubby Chernobyl with a size 14 lightning bog or pheasant tail nymph. Look for pale morning dun hatches in the afternoon. With the river at summer levels, look for the trout holding tight to the bank.
Yakima River 06/07/2014
Yakima: Trout are biting on versions of lightning bugs and pheasant tail nymphs, in sizes 14 and 16, and fished under an indicator.
Yakima River 06/04/2014
Yakima: The trout action has been very good this week. The best action has been on small nymphs fished fairly close to the surface. Versions of lightning bugs and pheasant tail nymphs, in size 14 and 16, and fished under an indicator have been effective.
Yakima River 05/31/2014
Yakima: The trout action has slowed but is still OK. Look for caddis and pale morning dun hatches in the afternoon. Otherwise, drift nymphs through the slow seams with the river level so high right now.
Salmon fishing in the lower river has been slowed by high and turbid water.
Yakima River 05/28/2014
Yakima: The fishing is best in the evening right now, when the trout are feeding on caddis flies. If you are floating the river, it is best to scout out likely spots and anchor. You will have more time to cast toward rising fish.
Yakima River 05/24/2014
Yakima: Trout fishing has improved as river flows have dropped. Cast streamers toward the bank and drift nymphs through foam seams early in the day. By the afternoon, look for fish rising to feed on caddis flies. Salmon fishing in the lower river has been slow.
Yakima River 05/21/2014
Yakima: The dry-fly action for caddis in the lower river was good late last week, but the river level has been rising and was holding around 5,100 cfs Tuesday morning. Fishing above the Teanaway River will be the best option this week.
Yakima River 05/17/2014
The upper river opens Saturday for spring-chinook fishing. The lower river also is open.
Yakima River 05/14/2014
Yakima: The lower river is open for spring-chinook fishing. The upper river opens Saturday.
Yakima River 05/10/2014
Yakima: The river is in good shape for trout fishing, but folks might want to wait until next week when the caddis hatches are expected to begin. The river from the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap to the railroad bridge below Roza Dam will open May 17 for hatchery chinook fishing. Spring chinook have moved into the lower river.
Yakima River 05/03/2014
Yakima: Fishing might be a bit slower this weekend as the river levels are rising again. With flows jumping back up close to 4,000 cubic feet per second, look for fish holding in the slow seams or tight to the bank.
Yakima River 04/30/2014
Yakima: Fishing has been fair to good, but most of the action has been on nymphs. People are using a two-fly setup with a black stonefly trailed by a flashback pheasant tail or San Juan worms. Look for hatches of March browns.
Yakima River 04/26/2014
Yakima: Drifting nymphs through seams has been the way to hook trout as the fish are settling into new holding spots with the higher flows. Watch for a blue wing olive hatch in the afternoon. Fishing has been fair to good.
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 Basin Map & Info
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Contributing to the 12/16/2014 Report:Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, washingtonflyfishing.com, The Evening Hatch, washingtonlakes.com, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, Jim Kerr of Rain Coast Guides, state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Contributing to the 12/05/2014 Report: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marilyn Meseberg at MarDon Resort, washingtonlakes.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Marina, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, steelheaduniversity.com, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center, Bob Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Harts Lake Resort & Deli.
Contributing to the 11/21/2014 Report:washingtonflyfishing.com, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, steelheaduniversity.com, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, salmonuniversity.com, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort.
Contributing to the 11/18/2014 Report: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Offut Lake Resort, Point Defiance Boathouse Marina, Bill’s Boathouse at American Lake; Sportco of Fife.
Contributing to the 11/14/2014 Report: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, gamefishin.com, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, The Evening Hatch, Red’s Fly Shop, Jim Kerr of Rain Coast Guides, washingtonlakes.com, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse.
Contributing to the 11/07/2014 Report: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Ron Adams at Verle‘s Sports Center, washingtonlakes.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Mike Zavadlov of Mike Z's Guide Service, steelheaduniversity.com.
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