Washington River Reports

Washington River Reports 11/20/2015

Skagit and Stillaguamish rivers closed to protect low coho returns.


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 02/03/2015

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

Smelt 01/30/2015

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

Smelt Reports for 2014/2015



Black River 10/02/2015

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


Bogachiel River

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


Calawah River


Carbon River 10/27/2015

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

Carbon River 10/20/2015

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

Carbon River 10/13/2015

CARBON: Coho and pink salmon have been biting lately.

Carbon River 10/06/2015

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

Carbon River 10/02/2015

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

Carbon River 09/25/2015

CARBON: Anglers have had luck landing cohos and pinks.

Carbon River 09/22/2015

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

Carbon River 09/18/2015

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

Carbon River 09/08/2015

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

Carbon River 09/04/2015

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

Carbon River 09/01/2015

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


Cascade River

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 Basin Map & Info


Chambers Creek


Chehalis River 10/23/2015

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

Chehalis River 10/09/2015

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

Chehalis River 02/20/2015

CHEHALIS: Steelhead are biting.

Chehalis River 01/20/2015

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

Chehalis River 01/02/2015

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

Chehalis River Basin Map & Info

Chehalis River Salmon Fishing in Tidewater


Cispus River 11/03/2015

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

Cispus River 10/20/2015

CISPUS: Last week, Tacoma Power released 37 coho adults and 65 jacks near the mouth of Yellowjacket Creek.

Cispus River 10/06/2015

CISPUS: Last week, Tacoma Power released 17 spring chinook adults and eight coho adults near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek,

Cispus River 09/22/2015

CISPUS: Last week Tacoma Power reports releasing 73 chinook adults near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Cispus River 06/16/2015

CISPUS: Last week Tacoma Power released 523 spring chinook and 110 jacks and one winter steelhead above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Cispus River 03/03/2015

CISPUS: Last week Tacoma Power released two steelhead adults above Yellow Jacket Creek.


Columbia River Reports 11/20/2015

Columbia: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Friday (Nov. 20) opened portions of the upper river and two tributaries to fishing for hatchery steelhead and rainbow trout. Also open are portions of lower Wenatchee and Entiat rivers. The stretch of the Columbia opening runs from Rock Island Dam to the power lines crossing the river at Doroga State Park. The Wenatchee is open from the mouth of the Icicle Road Bridge. The Entiat is open from the mouth to approximately a half-mile upstream to a point perpendicular with the intersection of the Entiat River Road and Hedding Street. Go to wdfw.wa.gov/fishing for details.

Columbia River Reports 11/10/2015

COLUMBIA: A state report showed 41 bank anglers in Kalama kept four hatchery coho and one steelhead, and released one wild steelhead. There were no boats on the water. The Hanford Reach fall chinook fishery closed Oct. 31. More than 48,000 anglers landed an estimated 35,432 fall chinook. This is a record, besting the 2014 total of 32,427. The lower Hanford Reach is open for steelhead fishing.

Columbia River Reports 11/06/2015

COLUMBIA: October was a good month to fish the river. The catch of more than 6,300 adult chinook during October in the lower river set the record by more than 4,600 fish. The catch of 1,090 adult chinook in the last five days of the month was higher than the monthly catch in all but three of the past 40 years.

Columbia River Reports 11/03/2015

COLUMBIA: Steelhead fishing has been good in the John Day Pool. White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the state line above McNary Dam. Catch and release is still permitted. The most recent state sampling showed 17 bank anglers kept one chinook last week, while 45 anglers in 17 boats kept 33 chinook and released two. A record was set for the Bonneville Dam adult fall chinook cumulative count. On Oct. 31, the count reached 950,250, surpassing the record of 950,087 set in 2013.

Columbia River Reports 10/30/2015

COLUMBIA: As of Sunday, anglers on the lower river and a number of tributaries will be able to keep only one adult coho, down from the limit of six fish. The limit reduction includes the Cowlitz, Tilton, Cispus, Kalama and Lewis rivers, as well as Mayfield Lake, among others. Poor returns of coho forced the regulation change. Go to wdfw.wa.gov for details.

Columbia River Reports 10/27/2015

COLUMBIA: The state reports, “Anglers continue to have the best success in the gorge, where boat anglers averaged 2.35 fall chinook and .12 coho caught per boat, and the bank anglers averaged .27 fall chinook per angler. In Troutdale, Oregon, boat anglers averaged .04 fall chinook per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Tongue Point area averaged .27 fall chinook and .13 coho per boat.” Walleye angling is fair near Troutdale.

Columbia River 10/20/2015

COLUMBIA: Boat anglers in the Washougal-Camas area are averaging 1.5 walleye per rod. Chinook are still biting upstream from the Cowlitz, with the best success in the Woodland area. Some legal sturgeon were released by boat anglers near Kalama. Walleye angling is fair near Troutdale, Oregon.

Columbia River Reports 10/16/2015

COLUMBIA: The chinook fishing has been good upstream from the mouth of the Cowlitz River. Above Bonneville Dam, the mouth of the Klickitat River has been a productive spot.

76,529The number of adult chinook counted at Bonneville Dam through Wednesday, breaking the old record of 50,073 fish for the same timeframe in 2013.

Columbia River Reports 10/13/2015

COLUMBIA: Walleye fishing continues to be good near Troutdale, Oregon. State Department of Fish and Wildlife samples last week showed that in the Gorge, boat anglers averaged 2.61 fall chinook, 0.1 coho and 0.06 steelhead caught per boat. Near Troutdale, they averaged 0.41 fall chinook and 0.02 coho caught per boat.

Columbia Rive Reports 10/06/2015

COLUMBIA: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that last week on the lower Columbia, anglers made 7,200 trips and caught almost 3,000 adult chinook. The gorge and the area around the mouth of the Lewis River have been productive. The estimated 37,262 adult fall chinook kept to date is a new (since at least 1969). The previous record was 31,879 in 2013. The fall salmon season is open, but white sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam. “Walleye angling is excellent in Troutdale,” says a WDFW report.

Columbia River Reports 09/25/2015

COLUMBIA: Nearly 1.5 million coho and chinook salmon are expected to return to the river this fall. Anglers are doing well catching walleye below Bonneville Dam and chinook at the mouth of the Klickitat. Salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon-Washington border above McNary Dam.

Columbia River Reports 09/22/2015

COLUMBIA: A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sampling of 933 salmonid anglers last week below the Lewis showed a catch of 335 adult and 17 jack fall chinook, four adult coho, and nine steelhead. Anglers kept 310 (92.5 percent) of the adult Chinook. Anglers are doing well catching fall chinook at the mouth of the Klickitat. Anglers are catching some walleye below Bonneville Dam. Salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to just above McNary Dam. An estimated 925,300 fall chinook and 539,600 coho are expected to return to the Columbia this fall.

Columbia River Reports 09/11/2015

COLUMBIA: The 5,928 adult summer chinook kept during the lower mainstem sport fishery this year is the largest catch since at least 1965. The previous record was 5,160 fish in 2011.

Columbia River Reports 09/01/2015

COLUMBIA: The moratorium on sturgeon fishing has been rescinded. Water temperature that was dangerous to fish has reached safe levels. The fishing areas had been closed since mid-July. Boat anglers did well at the gorge, averaging 2.67 chinook per boat.

BOUY 10: Anglers are now required to release any chinook landed in this area of the Columbia, according to a WDFW press release. This follows record catch rates and angler turnout at the popular location.

Columbia River Reports 08/28/2015

COLUMBIA: Anglers fishing in the Buoy 10 area near the mouth of the river are required to release any chinook they catch. The change took effect Friday, according to the WDFW. This comes after a week of record catch rates and angler turnout. People can still catch and retain hatchery coho and summer steelhead in the Buoy 10 waters, which extend upriver to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point Line.

Columbia River Reports 08/19/2015

LOWER COLUMBIA: Close to 1,100 anglers were observed with 61 adult chinook and 211 steelhead landed. Almost all the chinook were kept and 74 percent of the steelhead were retained.

Columbia River Reports 08/04/2015

BUOY 10: Saturday was opening day, and anglers averaged almost two coho kept per boat. It was the best opening since 2001.

COLUMBIA: An estimated 351 anglers on the lower river were checked over the weekend, and they landed nine chinook and 61 steelhead. All the chinook were kept and 37 of the steelhead were kept.

Columbia River Reports 07/24/2015

COLUMBIA: The upper river will be closed Sunday for sockeye salmon retention. The closure covers the river from the Rocky Reach Dam upstream to Chief Joseph Dam. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is imposing the closure because of elevated water temperatures that have resulted in higher-than-expected mortalities of sockeye.

Columbia River Reports 07/03/2015

COLUMBIA: Fishing on the lower river has been extended through July 31. Anglers fishing from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upriver to Bonneville Dam can continue to catch summer chinook and sockeye salmon.

Columbia River Reports 06/12/2015

COLUMBIA: The sockeye salmon count through Bonneville Dam through Wednesday was 9,689 fish, setting a record going back to 1938. Last year through the same time, the count was 5,128. The total sockeye return in 2014 was a record 645,100 fish.

Columbia River Reports 05/29/2015

COLUMBIA: The number of shad passing through Bonneville Dam jumped from 7,525 fish on Wednesday to 21,758 on Thursday. So this weekend might be the first with good fishing below the dam.

Columbia River Reports 05/26/2015

COLUMBIA: The summer chinook and steelhead season opens June 16 on the lower river. Anglers will be allowed to keep hatchery chinook and sockeye caught from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Bonneville Dam through July 6.

Columbia River Reports 05/22/2015

COLUMBIA: The number of shad making their way through the Bonneville Dam is starting to increase, but the good fishing is likely a week away yet.

Columbia River Reports 05/19/2015

COLUMBIA: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s sampled 568 salmonid anglers last week and found they caught 84 spring chinook and kept 51. Bank and boat anglers were catching legal size sturgeon in the John Day Pool last week. Walleye fishing has been good near Woodland. Last week anglers averaged three walleye per rod in The Dalles Pool and more than four walleye and nine bass per rod in the John Day Pool. Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Columbia River Reports 05/08/2015

COLUMBIA: With spring chinook numbers remaining strong, fishery managers in Washington and Oregon have extended the season. Fishing for hatchery springers will be allowed from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam on Saturday then from May 16-June 15. Fishing from boats and the bank is allowed upstream to Beacon Rock, while only bank angling is permitted from Beacon Rock upstream to the fishing deadline at Bonneville Dam.

Columbia River 05/05/2015

COLUMBIA: Anglers in The Dalles Pool averaged 6.7 walleye and 6.6 bass per rod, according to state counts. In the John Day Pool, anglers average 5.5 walleye and 8 bass per rod. Anglers were catching legal-size sturgeon in these areas. From Feb. 1-May 3, there have been an estimated 107,634 angler trips on the lower iver with 15,073 adult spring chinook kept and 2,634 released.

Columbia River Reports 05/01/2015

COLUMBIA: Anglers are getting two more days on the lower river to fish for spring chinook. The fishery will be open Saturday and Sunday, under an agreement between Washington and Oregon. High fish counts earlier this week, including 17,000 adult springers on Tuesday, prompted fishery managers to reopen the season. In the meantime, fishing has been very good at Wind River and Drano Lake.

Columbia River Reports 04/28/2015

COLUMBIA: Anglers are catching sturgeon in The Dalles and John Day pools. The pools are also producing good walleye and bass fishing.

Columbia River Reports 04/14/2015

COLUMBIA: Chamberlain says many of his regular customers are getting Oregon fishing licenses and trying their luck on the Oregon side of the river.

COLUMBIA: The WDFW’s weekly check showed 65 anglers in 34 boats kept 207 walleye and released 52 in the John Day pool. Sturgeon fishing is open in The Dalles and John Day pools, but only four keepers landed last week between the two areas.
The river reopens for an additional day of chinook fishing Thursday.
According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: “From Feb. 1-April 11, there have been an estimated 90,474 angler trips with 11,213 adult spring Chinook kept and 1,660 released. (Seventy-seven percent) of the chinook kept were upriver origin based upon Visual Stock Identification.”

Columbia River Reports 04/10/2015

COLUMBIA: Fishery managers opted to extend the hatchery spring chinook season until Saturday. The sport fishing season was scheduled to close at the end of the day Friday (April 10). Overall, the springer action in the lower river has been fair to good.

Columbia River Reports 04/07/2015

COLUMBIA: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported sampling two times as many fish and 20 percent more anglers April 1-5 than the same time last year. According to the report, 2,735 salmonid anglers caught 470 adult and one jack spring Chinook and 19 steelhead. They kept 408 adult chinook. Some boat anglers were catching sturgeon in The Dalles and John Day pools. In the John Day Pool, anglers averaged 3.4 walleye and eight bass per rod during last week’s survey.

Columbia River Reports 04/03/2015

COLUMBIA: Fishing continues to get better for spring chinook and steelhead. Overall, sturgeon fishing has been slow, except for the John Day Pool, where one in four anglers has been catching a legal-size fish.

Columbia River Reports 03/31/2015

COLUMBIA: The Washington Department of Fish Wildlife reports that salmonid catch rates improved slightly over the weekend on the lower river. Boat anglers near Troutdale averaged .07 spring chinook per boat. During the March 28 surveying flight, the WDFW counted 1,189 salmonid boats and 332 Oregon bank anglers from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam. The most action for sturgeon anglers seems to be at the John Day Pool, where the department counted five legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, three oversize and 22 sublegal sturgeon released by nine boats. In The Dalles Pool, 15 boats kept 85 walleye and released three.

Columbia River Reports 03/24/2015

COLUMBIA: The effort in the lower river is increasing, but not so much the catch. The state sampled nearly twice as many anglers, but about the same number of fish as the previous week. Last week, the state checked 1,709 salmonid anglers with 68 adult spring chinook and 15 steelhead. Anglers are reminded that the mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam will be closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead and shad Tuesday (March 24), March 31 and April 7.

Columbia River Reports 03/10/2015

COLUMBIA: More people are hitting the water, but the catch rate hasn’t kept pace. Last week, the sampled 503 fishermen who had four spring chinook and seven steelhead plus had released 11 steelhead. A count Sunday showed there were 261 boats and 426 bank on the mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam. Sturgeon fishing has been slow.

Columbia River Reports 03/03/2015

COLUMBIA: About 900,000 fall chinook are expected to return this year to the river marking the third-largest run since 1938 according to the WDFW. About 255,000 hatchery chinook are expected to return.
WDFW counted nearly 100 boats and 200 bank anglers on Feb. 28 but has yet to conduct its first spring chinook sampling. Bank anglers are catching steelhead in the John Day Pool. Boat anglers average a walleye per rod in The Dalles Pool and two per rod in the John Day Pool. An estimated 149 (13.6 percent) of the 1,100 sturgeon guideline were taken during the winter season. Fishery managers will meet in March and April to set the summer retention season.

Columbia River Reports 02/24/2015

COLUMBIA: Even though the fish aren’t showing up in state creel checks, there are reports of spring chinook salmon being caught in the lower river. The number of anglers on the water has been low, and it should be noted that from March 1 through May 15, the mainstem Columbia will be open for retention of hatchery steelhead and shad only on days and in areas open for retention of hatchery spring chinook.

Columbia River Reports 02/20/2015

COLUMBIA: Bank and boat anglers are catching some steelhead at The Dalles Pool but most are wild and must be released according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Bank anglers are catching steelhead at John Day Pool. Anglers are catching sturgeon from boats at the Bonneville and The Dalles pools and from the bank in the John Day Pool. Walleye are also biting in all three pools.

Columbia River Reports 02/10/2015

Columbia: Portions of the upper river are open for hatchery steelhead fishing.

Columbia River Reports 01/27/2015

COLUMBIA: Overall, sturgeon fishing is on the slow side in the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools. Boat anglers are catching some steelhead in all three pools, but most of the fish are wild and had to be released.

Columbia River Reports 01/23/2015

COLUMBIA: The action for sturgeon has been slow, although a few legal-size fish are being caught in the Bonneville and John Day pools. Walleye anglers were averaging two fish per rod in the John Day Pool.

Columbia River Reports 01/16/2015

COLUMBIA: In the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers are averaging more than 3.5 sublegal size fish per rod, and a legal size fish for every 8.7 rods. A few legal fish are being caught in the The Dalles and John Day pools.

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 11/10/2015

COWLITZ: Chinook and coho are being caught at the barrier dam, and steelhead and cutthroats are biting near the trout hatchery. Last year, through the first week of November, 64,250 adult hatchery coho had returned to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery. This year 3,300 coho returned. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,131 coho adults, 1,103 jacks, 598 fall chinook adults, 20 jacks, 309 summer-run steelhead and 41 cutthroat. It released 140 fall chinook adults, 15 coho adults and 284 jacks near Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Cowlitz River 11/03/2015

COWLITZ: Some fall chinook and coho are being caught near the barrier dam, and a few steelhead are biting near the hatchery. Most chinook were released. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 786 coho adults, 939 jacks, 607 fall chinook adults, 29 jacks, 36 summer-run steelhead and eight cutthroat trout. It released 313 fall chinook adults, 14 jacks, six coho adults and four jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Cowlitz River 10/30/2015

COWLITZ: Fall chinook are mainly being caught by the barrier dam, while people are catching summer-run steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout by the trout hatchery.

Cowlitz River 10/27/2015

COWLITZ: Tacoma Power last week recovered 984 fall chinook adults, 51 jacks, 873 coho adults, 1084 jacks, 40 summer-run steelhead and six cutthroat trout. It released 451 fall chinook adults, 20 jacks, 43 coho adults and 171 jacks near Packwood.

Cowlitz River 10/20/2015

COWLITZ: Boat anglers near the mouth are catching coho, but action is slow elsewhere. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,226 fall chinook adults, 78 jacks, 743 coho adults, 753 jacks, 122 summer-run steelhead, 11 cutthroat trout, two pink salmon and one sockeye. It released 417 fall chinook adults, 40 jacks, 50 coho adults and 105 coho jacks in the river near Packwood. The pink salmon and sockeye were released downstream of the Barrier Dam boat launch.

Cowlitz River 10/16/2015

COWLITZ: Bank anglers are catching fall chinook at the barrier dam and steelhead near the trout hatchery. Boat anglers are catching chinook and coho from Castle Rock downstream to the river mouth.

Cowlitz River 10/13/2015

COWLITZ: Tacoma Power reports that last week its crews recovered 61 summer-run steelhead, 1,101 fall chinook adults, 86 jacks, 418 coho adults, 619 jacks and seven cutthroat trout.

Cowlitz River 10/06/2015

COWLITZ: Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 98 summer-run steelhead, two spring chinook adults, one jack, 727 fall chinook adults, 91 jacks, 196 coho adults, 249 jacks and 10 cutthroat trout.

Cowlitz River 09/22/2015

COWLITZ: The WDFW reports anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho, steelhead and cutthroat trout. Steelhead and cutthroat are biting near the trout hatchery. Coho are biting on the lower river. Chinook are being caught throughout the river, but the wild ones (about half at last count) must be released.

Cowlitz River 09/15/2015

COWLITZ: Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 227 summer-run steelhead, 83 spring chinook adults, four jacks, 17 mini-jacks, 270 fall chinook adults, 20 jacks, nine coho adults, seven jacks and six cutthroat trout.

Cowlitz River 09/11/2015

COWLITZ: Anglers are reporting good success catching chinook in the lower river. Most have been side-drifting with eggs or shrimp.

Cowlitz River 08/19/2015

COWLITZ: Anglers were having success with steelhead near the mouth. Chinook also were scattered in the catch.

Cowlitz River 08/04/2015

COWLITZ: The going is slow for anglers. One boat with four people kept only one adult chinook since the month started.

Cowlitz River 07/31/2015

COWLITZ: The Barrier Dam Campground Tackle Shop said fishing has been good, including catches of a few spring chinook. There have been a lot of steelhead appearing, and anglers have used a variety of baits, including sand shrimp under a bobber.

Cowlitz River 07/24/2015

COWLITZ: Staffers at Barrier Dam Campground Tackle Shop report that the fishing has been good to excellent. There have been a couple of spring chinook caught, but steelhead has been the main catch. They also report that most fish have been caught using shrimp and eggs.

Cowlitz River 07/03/2015

COWLITZ: The action for summer-run steelhead has been fair to good, despite low water levels. Anglers are having luck back trolling with bait or plugs, or side drifting with light lines and small baits.

Cowlitz River 06/16/2015

COWLITZ: Tacoma Power last week recovered two winter-run steelhead, 655 spring chinook salmon, 125 jacks, four mini-jacks and 88 summer steelhead.

Cowlitz River 06/12/2015

COWLITZ: People are still catching some spring chinook, while the summer-run steelhead action has yet to take off.

Cowlitz River 05/26/2015

COWLITZ: Tacoma Power recovered 37 winter-run steelhead, 1,002 spring chinook, 311 jacks, 39 summer steelhead and three cutthroat trout last week.

BLUE CREEK: Starting Monday, the trout daily limit is five. Night closures and anti-snagging rules will be in effect.

Cowlitz River 05/19/2015

COWLITZ: Anglers have caught salmon and steelhead on the lower river.

Cowlitz River 05/08/2015

COWLITZ: There are still some spring chinook being caught. The fish are spooky because of low water levels. Try using shrimp, eggs or herring.

Cowlitz River 05/05/2015

COWLITZ: Anglers are catching spring chinook and some steelhead on the lower river, according to the state.

Cowlitz River 04/28/2015

COWLITZ: State reports show boat and bank anglers averaged about a chinook per three rods last week. Fish are being caught throughout the river, the best action is at the barrier dam. Anglers are also catching steelhead near the trout hatchery.

Cowlitz River 04/24/2015

COWLITZ: People targeting spring chinook are having success back-trolling in the deep holes Kwikfish K14 or K15 lures, or Spin N Glos with eggs.

Cowlitz River 04/14/2015

COWLITZ: Arguably the best river for fishing right now. Try the Blue Creek section or near the Barrier Dam, Chamberlain said.

Cowlitz River 04/10/2015

COWLITZ: Steelhead fishing has been best at Blue Creek, with a few fish being caught at the barrier dam. Most people are using yard balls or eggs, with a few people back-trolling with lures such as a Mag Lip 3.5. People fishing for spring chinook are back-trolling with herring in the deeper run near Blue Creek.

Cowlitz River 04/07/2015

COWLITZ: Tacoma Power recovered 961 winter-run steelhead and 102 spring Chinook salmon last week.

Cowlitz River 04/03/2015

COWLITZ: People fishing from the bank at Blue Creek are having success landing steelhead. Boat anglers are catching fish side-drifting small baits or yarn balls. Anglers are reminded they can now keep up to three hatchery steelhead. A few spring chinook are being caught.

Cowlitz River 03/31/2015

COWLITZ: Tacoma Power reports recovering 862 winter-run steelhead and 17 spring chinook last week at the hatchery separator. Rock of Auburn Sports and Marine said fishing has been “lights out” for him, but he has talked to others who’ve had no luck. He said it’s “a solid choice.”

Cowlitz River 03/27/2015

COWLITZ: Effective Wednesday, anglers on the lower river will be able to keep three hatchery steelhead. The change will impact anglers fishing from the boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 400 feet below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery barrier dam.

Cowlitz River 03/24/2015

COWLITZ: A check of 42 boat anglers showed they kept 36 steelhead and released one fish, while 32 bank anglers kept six adult spring chinook and nine steelhead plus released one steelhead. The steelhead were mainly caught around the trout hatchery and the springers at the salmon hatchery.

Cowlitz River 03/17/2015

COWLITZ: With rising river levels early this week, anglers have had to spend time looking for the steelhead. Side drifting eggs has been effective, or back trolling with plugs. Look for the fish holding close to the edges if the water continues to rise.

Cowlitz River 03/13/2015

COWLITZ: Steelhead fishing has been fair to good. People have been using all sorts of techniques, but side-drifting eggs and back-trolling with bait and plugs have been very effective. Spring chinook have yet to make it into the river.

Cowlitz River 03/10/2015

COWLITZ: The steelhead fishing has picked up. State creel samples showed 70 boat anglers caught 58 steelhead and released four, while 50 bank anglers had six steelhead and released two. The best action has been in the trout hatchery area.

Cowlitz River 03/06/2015

COWLITZ: The steelhead action for B-run fish has been fair to good. People are putting some fish in their boats by side-drifting eggs or yarn balls through the holes below Blue Creek. Back trolling with plugs also has been effective. Water conditions are dictating smaller presentations.

Cowlitz River 03/03/2015

COWLITZ: The most recent WDFW report says 12 boat anglers surveyed kept eight steelhead and 21 bank anglers kept three steelhead. At the hatchery separator, Tacoma Power recovered 19 winter-run steelhead.

Cowlitz River 02/27/2015

COWLITZ: The B-run steelhead are making their way up the river. Anglers are having success side-drifting eggs or back-trolling with plugs. If the water is low and clear, go with smaller line and gear.

Cowlitz River 02/24/2015

COWLITZ: During state creel checks, eight boat anglers kept four steelhead. The fish were caught in the trout hatchery area.

Cowlitz River 02/20/2015

COWLITZ: According to the Feb. 9-15 sampling by the WDFW, eight boat angler kept four steelhead but 12 bank anglers came up empty. The Cowlitz has closed to smelt fishing. This week Tacoma Power recovered 28 coho adults and 67 winter-run steelhead.

Cowlitz River 02/17/2015

COWLITZ: People putting in the time are catching some steelhead, mainly in the Blue Creek area. There also are reports of some of the first spring chinook of the season being caught. Most of the steelhead are in the 5- to 8-pound range.

Cowlitz River 02/13/2015

COWLITZ: The second opening for smelt dipping takes place Saturday (Feb. 14) from 6 a.m. to noon. Anglers can keep a limit of 10 pounds.

Cowlitz River 02/10/2015

Cowlitz: A good option right now.

Cowlitz River 02/03/2015

COWLITZ: The steelhead fishing has been, based on state creel samples. Three boat anglers had kept six steelhead, while 26 bank anglers kept two steelhead and released one fish.

Cowlitz River 01/27/2015

COWLITZ: The action remains on the slow side. State creel checks of 35 bank anglers showed a catch of just three steelhead kept.

Cowlitz River 01/23/2015

COWLITZ: The steelhead action has slowed some, according to state creel checks. Reports are that the water is dirty, so try side drifting your bait close to the bank if you are fishing from a boat.

Cowlitz River 01/16/2015

COWLITZ: The steelhead action has slowed down, but anglers are catching a few here and there, as well as some coho. As of Jan. 7, more than 108,400 adult coho have returned to the salmon hatchery.

Cowlitz River 01/09/2015

COWLITZ: The steelhead action has been very good since the waters have receded and cleared. Making the action even better is that the average size of fish being caught has been larger than typical.

Cowlitz River 01/06/2015

COWLITZ: Steelhead fishing slowed a bit last week, especially for bank anglers.

Cowlitz River 01/02/2015

COWLITZ: Anglers are catching winter-run steelhead and coho with the steelhead return ahead of last year.

Cowlitz River Basin Map & Info (PDF File)

Friends of the Cowlitz


Deschutes River


Duwamish River


Eastern Washington Rivers


Grays River


Green River (King County) 11/20/2015

Green: Flows are still quite high for this time of year, and the color is brown. Chum salmon fishing had been picking up before the rains, with some anglers reporting catching their limits. People were reporting using purple jigs under a float.

Green River (King County) 11/13/2015

GREEN: Chum salmon have been active in the Metzler Park stretch in Auburn. They were hitting pink jigs, tipped with shrimp, fished under a float. With high water levels, look for the fish holding close to shore.

Green River (King County) 11/06/2015

GREEN: Salmon fishing action has been slow, even though anglers are reporting seeing plenty of fish jumping.

Green River (King County) 10/27/2015

GREEN: “Desolate” has been used to describe the pressure on this river. The action is slow.

Green River (King County) 10/20/2015

GREEN: Anglers must release coho salmon caught between the mouth and Cristy Creek. The river is closed from the creek to the walking bridge a half-mile downstream from the Tacoma Headworks Dam.

Green River (King County) 10/16/2015

GREEN: Effective Friday, anglers must release coho salmon caught from the river mouth to the mouth of Cristy Creek at Flaming Geyser State Park. In addition, the river is closed to fishing from the creek to the water pipeline walk bridge 0.5-mile downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam. The moves are because broodstock collection at the Soos Creek Hatchery is below its goal. The fishing has been fair to good for coho, with most people drifting eggs.

Green River (King County) 10/02/2015

GREEN: Anglers are still hooking some bright pinks. Try using a purple jig under a float. Some anglers are tipping jigs with shrimp when allowed by regulations.

Green River (King County) 09/25/2015

GREEN: Multiple reports indicate anglers are doing well landing pink salmon.

Green River (King County) 09/04/2015

GREEN: The river is full of pinks that are more than willing to hit pink jigs, corkies and yarn, or Dick Nite Spoons.

Green River (King County) 08/28/2015

GREEN: Pink salmon action has been very good to excellent. Pink jigs have been effective, especially on the incoming tide.

Green River (King County) 01/20/2015

GREEN: A few steelhead are being caught. People are using lures like a Heddon Tadpolly with a silver body and orange stripes.

Green River (King County) 01/13/2015

GREEN: The river is just starting to come back into shape, so there should be some fish around.

Green River (King County) 01/09/2015

GREEN: The action for steelhead has been slow this past week.

Green River Basin Map & Info


Hoh River 05/26/2015

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

Hoh River 05/19/2015

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

Also see the Olympic Peninsula River Reports Below.


Humptulips River 10/23/2015

HUMPTULIPS: The action has been good and continues to improve. People are catching chinook, coho and chum salmon.

Humptulips River 10/16/2015

HUMPTULIPS: The rain a week ago drew some large chinook up the river. The action isn’t great, but the fish are fairly big.

Humptulips River 01/13/2015

HUMPTULIPS: The river up around Stevens Creek has been fishing good to very good.

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.


Icicle River 05/19/2015

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

Icicle River 05/22/2015

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


John's Creek


Kalama River 11/10/2015

KALAMA: The first winter-run steelhead have returned. One hatchery and four wild fish returned to Kalama Falls Hatchery last week.

Kalama River 11/03/2015

KALAMA: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife statistics show last week 53 bank anglers kept nine hatchery coho and four hatchery steelhead and released three wild chinook, three wild steelhead and a hatchery chinook. Ten boat anglers kept two hatchery coho and released one wild coho.

Kalama River 10/20/2015

KALAMA: More anglers are trying, and more fish are biting. Summer-run steelhead, fall chinook and coho are biting.

Kalama River 08/19/2015

KALAMA: No reported angling success. Starting Sept. 1, fly-fishing is allowed only from the natural gas pipeline crossing to the deadline of the lower salmon hatchery.

Kalama River 04/28/2015

KALAMA: Bank anglers are landing chinook, according to the state.

Kalama River 04/07/2015

KALAMA: State surveys show 83 bank anglers kept 12 hatchery steelhead and released 17 wild steelhead last week. Also, 15 boat anglers kept two hatchery steelhead and a spring Chinook and released one hatchery steelhead.

Kalama River 02/24/2015

KALAMA: Beginning Sunday, and until further notice, anglers will be able to keep three hatchery steelhead. This rule change covers the river from the boundary markers at the mouth to 1,000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery.

Port of Kalama


Kennedy Creek 11/13/2015

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

Kennedy Creek 11/06/2015

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


Klickitat River 11/10/2015

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

Klickitat River 05/19/2015

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


Lewis River 11/10/2015

LEWIS: Anglers are catching chinook, coho and summer-run steelhead. The chinook were released. Fishing has been excellent in the Swift Reservoir with hatchery rainbows and landlocked coho and chinook biting.

Lewis River 11/03/2015

LEWIS: WDFW counts showed 10 bank anglers released three wild steelhead.

Lewis River 10/20/2015

LEWIS: Very little effort for steelhead on the East Fork, but anglers are catching chinook, coho and summer-run steelhead in the North Fork.

Lewis River 09/25/2015

LEWIS: The most recent report from the WDFW reports bank anglers near the hatchery are landing coho and steelhead.

Lewis River 09/22/2015

LEWIS: Bank anglers are catching coho and summer-run steelhead near the salmon hatchery according to the WDFW.

Lewis River 08/19/2015

LEWIS: Bank anglers are finding light success with steelhead near the hatchery.

Lewis River 05/26/2015

LEWIS: The section of Johnson Creek upstream to the powerlines below Merwin Dam is closed but reopens to hatchery steelhead fishing Monday. It will remain closed to chinook fishing.

Lewis River 05/05/2015

LEWIS: Effort is still light here, but some anglers are catching steelhead

Lewis River 04/28/2015

LEWIS: Not many anglers trying their luck here.

Lewis River 04/07/2015

LEWIS: No catches recorded last week by the WDFW. At last count, two hatchery and one spring Chinook had returned to the Merwin Dam trap. Fishing for spring Chinook is closed.

Lewis River 03/03/2015

LEWIS: March 15 is the last day to fish on the east fork.

Lewis River 02/24/2015

LEWIS: Starting Sunday, anglers must release all chinook caught on the mainstem from its mouth to the mouth of East Fork, and on the North Fork from the mouth of East Fork to the overhead power lines below Merwin Dam. Steelhead fishing remains open.

Lewis River 02/20/2015

LEWIS: Looking like a good place to try for steelhead.

Lewis River 01/02/2015

LEWIS: At last report, the winter-run steelhead return was one fish shy of doubling the return at the same time last year (107 this year after 54 last year).


Methow River 10/27/2015

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

Methow River 03/27/2015

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

Methow River info


Mill Creek 03/303/2015

MILL CREEK: Salmon and steelhead fishing closes March 15.


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.


Naches River 06/12/2015

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


Nisqually River 09/18/2015

NISQUALLY: Pink salmon action has been slow. Some people are reporting having success with pink corkies and yarn.

Nisqually River 09/04/2015

NISQUALLY: The state lifted the afternoon-evening fishing restriction this week.

Nisqually River 08/14/2015

Fishing hours on Nisqually River will be restricted starting Aug. 20

The state will close afternoon and night fishing on the Nisqually River starting Thursday because river levels and water temperatures are at dangerous levels for salmon survival. The closure, announced Friday morning, will allow fishing from one hour before sunrise to 2 p.m. daily on the river from its mouth to the military tank crossing a mile upstream of the mouth of Muck Creek. Jeffery P. Mayor - Staff writer, News Tribune.

Nisqually River 01/09/2015

NISQUALLY: The river closed on Tuesday.

Nisqually River 01/06/2015

NISQUALLY: Anglers are reminded fishing for all species will be closed from Tuesday (Jan. 6) through Jan. 31. With the chum run lower than forecast, both the state and Nisqually Tribe are closing their fisheries.

Nisqually River Basin Map & Info

Nisqually River Management Program


Nooksack River

Nooksack River Basin Map & Info


North Sound 10/20/2015

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


Olympic Peninsula Rivers 11/20/2015

Olympic Coast: The rivers are still high, even though they have dropped quite a bit. The Hoh, which reached about 41,000 cubic feet per second Tuesday night, was down to 5,330 cfs Friday morning. As long as the rain doesn’t return, the rivers should be decent this weekend.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 11/13/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Save the gas, the rivers are unfishable. The Hoh, for example, was flowing at 37,300 cubic feet per second Friday morning, topping the previous record for the day of 20,900 cfs.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 10/30/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Fishing has been fair to good for salmon. Anglers are finding chinook hitting eggs bounced off the bottom or jigs. Look for the fish holding in deep holes, around structure or along ledges and drop-offs. Watch for rising river levels making conditions unsafe.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 10/27/2015

OLYMPIC PENINSULA: Anglers are doing OK on the Quillayute system. Recent rain might improve fishing on other rivers.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 10/23/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Fishing has been better after the area receives some rain. The Bogachiel has been a good choice for salmon fishing. Fly-anglers are using small, dark patterns when the water is low and clear.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 10/13/2015

OLYMPIC PENINSULA: Anglers have been doing well on area rivers, according to multiple reports. Last week, selective gear restrictions were lifted allowing chinook retention on the lower rivers.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 10/09/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: The Sol Duc, outside of Olympic National Park, has been fishing very well for cutthroat trout. The Hoh, also outside of the park, has been producing catches of coho and chinook salmon, and cutthroat trout.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 10/06/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Fishing has been inconsistent.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 10/02/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Fishing the coastal rivers for chinook has been good one day and off the next. Some anglers are successful using eggs under a float.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 09/25/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: The upper section of the Sol Duc reopened last week along with several others, including the Bogachiel. Dean Simms of Hansville learned Sept. 20 he won a $65,000 boat, trailer and motor package in the Northwest Salmon Derby Series drawing. He was entered by fishing in February’s Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 09/22/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: The upper Bogachiel and Sol Duc are among the rivers that reopened last week.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 09/18/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Plenty of rain has allowed the state to reopen many of the area’s rivers. The upper reaches of the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah, Dickey and Clearwater rivers reopened Thursday. Also Thursday, the state removed the selective gear restriction and is allowing chinook retention on the lower Hoh from the DNR Oxbow Campground to the Olympic National Park boundary near the river mouth. Anglers are catching plenty of cutthroat trout, as well as hatchery and wild summer-run steelhead.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 09/15/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Anglers have caught coho, trout and summer-run steelhead using multiple techniques on coastal rivers. The Humptulips seems to be particularly productive lately.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 09/11/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Fly-anglers are hooking some coho, summer-run steelhead and cutthroat trout. Stripping streamers and/or drifting large foam dry flies have been good techniques.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 09/08/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: The fishing for chinook has been fair to good. Fishing with eggs under a bobber has been working well, as well as Blue Fox spinners in red or chartreuse.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 09/04/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: The rain should make fishing good to very good for coho, summer-run steelhead and cutthroat trout.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 08/07/2015

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK: Starting Monday, the following rivers and their tributaries inside the park will close to all recreational fishing because of severe drought conditions: Bogachiel, South Fork Calawah, Sol Duc, North Fork Sol Duc, Dickey, Queets, Salmon, Quinault and the North Fork Skokomish. The Elwha, Hoh and South Fork Hoh already have been closed. The mouth and coastal section of the Quillayute River remains open.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 04/24/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: As the season winds down, there has still been some good action for wild steelhead. Based on state creel samples, the best bets in the last week have been on the Sol Duc and Calawah. The numbers aren’t large, but the average has been close to a steelhead per person.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 04/14/2015

OLYMPIC PENINSULA: Anglers with a little finesse continue to do well on these rivers.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 04/10/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: The action for wild steelhead has been very good. Anglers were averaging a wild fish caught per person on just about all the rivers in the Forks area. The river levels are dropping, so use smaller baits, flies or lures.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 03/24/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: High flows over the weekend really slowed the action for steelhead anglers. The Sol Duc was the best option, based on state creel samples. A check of 59 anglers showed they caught and released 34 wild steelhead and two hatchery fish, as well as four trout.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 03/17/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Last weekend was one of the most consistent on the Forks area rivers. The Bogachiel and Sol Duc produced the most fish, but the Calawah had a steelhead per-angler catch rate based on state creel checks. The action this week should be good with water conditions settling back to near normal levels.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 03/13/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Water levels remain low, despite a spike on Thursday, but steelhead fishing remains fair. Try using a nightmare pattern jig under a bobber or eggs. Look for the fish holding in deep pools or riffles with a good chop on the surface. There have been lots of people on the water, especially the lower Hoh River, so be patient.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 03/10/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: There were a lot more people fishing the rivers around Forks last weekend, but the catch rates didn’t keep up. Despite very low water conditions — the Hoh was at 429 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning — anglers were catching steelhead on the Bogachiel, Sol Duc and the Hoh rivers.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 03/06/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: The Bogachiel, Sol Duc and Hoh have been fishing well. The catch rate on the Sol Duc last weekend was a little more than one fish per angler. River levels are very low, so go with smaller setups.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 02/27/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: The rivers were low and clear, at least before Thursday night’s rain. The steelhead action has been fair to good, and could improve with some higher flows.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 02/24/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: The Sol Duc and Hoh rivers were the hot spots over the weekend. Creel samples showed anglers caught 63 wild and two hatchery steelhead on the Sol Duc, 58 wild and 14 hatchery on the lower Hoh, and 45 wild and one hatchery fish on the upper Hoh.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 02/17/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: It was a good weekend for wild steelhead on the rivers around Forks, based on state creel samples. On the Sol Duc, 174 anglers were checked and they caught 103 wild fish and nine hatchery fish. The Calawah was productive, as was the Bogachiel.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 02/13/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: This might be a weekend when it is worth making the drive to the Olympic Peninsula. River levels are dropping to normal after being unfishable last weekend. There should be some fresh steelhead in the rivers around Forks.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 02/10/2015

Olympic Coast: The rivers haven’t been in good shape lately, but they seem to be getting better. Daniel Bravo of Auburn Sports and Marine says the Hoh should be in good shape by the weekend.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 02/03/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: The Sol Duc continues to put out the most steelhead, based on state creel samples. There were 52 anglers checked, and they had a catch of 38 wild (released) and three hatchery fish. While attracting fewer people, anglers on the Calawah averaged almost a fish per person last week.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/27/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Overall, the action on the coastal rivers has been slow compared to earlier this month. The lone bright spot is the Sol Duc River. Creel checks of 62 anglers last weekend showed they caught 42 wild steelhead and five hatchery fish.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/16/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: River levels have settled back to normal, and the Sol Duc seems to be the best water now for wild fish. The Boagchiel and Calawah are good options, while the Hoh remains slow.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/13/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: The Sol Duc was the hot spot last week among the Forks-area rivers. Of 73 anglers checked over the weekend, they caught and released 93 wild steelhead, and another six hatchery fish. The Bogachiel and Calawah were also productive.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/09/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Focus on the terminal areas in the Bogachiel and Calawah for steelhead. Roe, jigs or beads under a float have been effective.

Olympic Peninsula Rivers 01/06/2015

OLYMPIC COAST: Before the storm hit, the steelhead action was pretty good on the Calawah and Sol Duc, fair on the Bogachiel and slow on the Hoh. Flows on the Hoh were at 8,070 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning, after reaching almost 25,000 cfs Monday.

Puyallup River Basin


Puyallup River 11/13/2015

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

Puyallup River 11/06/2015

PUYALLUP: The salmon action has been very slow.

Puyallup River 10/27/2015

PUYALLUP: Action has been slow, and anglers seem to be favoring the Carbon.

Puyallup River 10/23/2015

PUYALLUP: A few bright coho are still being caught, but the action is fair at best. Anglers are having some success using eggs and yarn, or corkies and yarn.

Puyallup River 10/16/2015

PUYALLUP: The fishing is slow, although a few coho are being caught. Rain this weekend would help bring the river level up. Flows Friday morning, measured at a gauge in Puyallup, were at 1,000 cubic feet per second. The mean flow for that date is 1,770 cfs.

Puyallup River 10/13/2015

PUYALLUP: Salmon fishing has been slow. Despite Saturday’s rain, the river level is back below normal and very muddy.

Puyallup River 10/09/2015

PUYALLUP: The fishing remains on the slow side. Reminder, the river from the 11th Street Bridge to Freeman Road will be closed Sunday-Wednesday.

Puyallup River 10/06/2015

PUYALLUP: Pinks and coho are still biting, but action has been slow. The river is closed through Wednesday between the 11th Street Bridge and Freeman Road.

Puyallup River 10/02/2015

PUYALLUP: Salmon fishing is slow overall, although some pinks and coho are being caught. A reminder: The river from the 11th Street Bridge to Freeman Road will be closed to recreational fishing Sunday through Wednesday.

Puyallup River 09/18/2015

PUYALLUP: Wednesday’s rain was not enough to raise the river level to normal levels. Flows are still below 1,000 cubic feet per second. As a result, fishing remains slow. Those fish being caught, however, are still bright.

Puyallup River 09/15/2015

PUYALLUP: The action has been slowing. Very low water levels might be keeping fish from moving upstream. Flows Tuesday afternoon, measured in Puyallup, were 980 cubic feet per second. The average flow for that day is 1,620 cfs.

Puyallup River 09/11/2015

PUYALLUP: The action has slowed down considerably. People are still catching chinook, coho and pinks, but just not at the rate they were a week ago.

Puyallup River 09/08/2015

PUYALLUP: The fishing has slowed down a bit, but people are still catching limits of pinks and a good number of coho. Corkies and yarn in reds, oranges and pinks have been effective.

Puyallup River 09/04/2015

PUYALLUP: Fishing for pink salmon remains good to very good. Many of the fish are still a bright silver. There also are more coho showing up on anglers’ stringers. Pink corkies and yarn is an effective setup.

Puyallup River 09/01/2015

PUYALLUP: The river has been open about a month now, and anglers continue to catch pinks. A smattering of chinook and coho are starting to show.

Puyallup River 08/28/2015

PUYALLUP: The river remains a go-to location for pinks. Anglers are not having trouble reaching their limits. Anglers need to comply with regulations and clean up their trash or else fishing may be closed.

Puyallup River 08/14/2015

PUYALLUP: People have been catching their limits fairly easily. The issue isn’t hooking a fish, but making sure it doesn’t snap the line or isn’t foul hooked. Don’t ignore the slower water closer to shore.

Anglers fishing the Puyallup River are advised to do a better job of following regulations, or the state could impose additional closures. That is the warning from Larry Phillips, fish biologist for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Phillips said the agency’s law enforcement officers are finding many people breaking the rules because they simply have not read them. While the regulations for the Puyallup can be confusing, it is crucial fishermen follow them.
In addition, businesses and property owners along River Road are threatening to close parking areas because of the amount of trash being left behind.

Puyallup River 08/07/2015

PUYALLUP: The fishing has been inconsistent in most of the area’s rivers, according to Keith Semprimoznik of Big J’s Outdoor Store. He said that includes the Puyallup. Some anglers are going home with nothing to show for their efforts, though others are taking home limits. The action is best in the lower river, where it is open.

Puyallup River 08/04/2015

PUYALLUP: People are starting to catch some chinook. Pinks are doing OK on the lower end.

Puyallup River 07/31/2015

PUYALLUP: Big J’s Outdoor Store reported that pink salmon fishing has been pretty good at the river’s mouth. The stretch from the White River to the Carbon River opens Saturday.


Queets River

Also see the Olympic Peninsula Rivers reports.


Quillayute River 07/31/2015

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


Quinault River

Also see the Olympic Peninsula Rivers Reports.


Rocky Ford 11/06/2015

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

Rocky Ford 02/24/2015

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


Salmon River 09/04/2015

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


Samish River 09/01/2015

SAMISH: People are landing chinook near Bow Edison.


Satsop River 11/13/2015

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


Sauk River

More info on the Sauk River


Skagit River 10/19/2015

Skagit river closed to protect low coho returns.

Skagit River 10/13/2015

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

Skagit River 09/15/2015

SKAGIT: Anglers are still catching pinks.

Skagit River 09/08/2015

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

Skagit River 08/14/2015

SKAGIT: Most of the fish caught have been pinks, said Chamberlain, adding that it has been a decent crop but not a heavy volume. He said not many people have been fishing, and now would be a good time to take advantage.

Skagit River 08/04/2015

SKAGIT: Better success than on the Snohomish. Anglers are doing well with Spin-N-Glos and sand shrimp. Three anglers ended up with 11 fish using that combination.

Skagit River 07/03/2015

SKAGIT: Fishing for sockeye salmon should improve in the lower river, with more conducive river conditions and the end of tribal catches.

Skagit River 06/16/2015

SKAGIT: The river, from the state Route 536 bridge in Mount Vernon to the mouth of Gilligan Creek, opened Tuesday for sockeye salmon fishing. The daily limit will be three sockeye.

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


Skamokawa Creek 08/19/2015

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


Skate Creek


Skokomish River 11/13/2015

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

Skokomish River Channel (PDF)

Skookumchuck River 03/27/2015

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

Skookumchuck River 03/17/2015

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

Skookumchuck River 02/20/2015

SKOOKUMCHUCK: Steelhead are biting according to several reports.

Skookumchuck River 02/10/2015

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


Skykomish River 10/13/2015

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

Skykomish River 09/15/2015

SKYKOMISH: Chamberlain expects coho fishing to be good through October.

Skykomish River 06/12/2015

SKYKOMISH: Steelhead fishing has been much slower than expected, due in large part to low water levels. If you go, fish with smaller bait or gear.

Skykomish River 05/08/2015

SKYKOMISH: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the hatchery chinook fishery will not open June 1. The forecast run size for Wallace River hatchery chinook is below broodstock levels.

Skykomish River 02/03/2015

SKYKOMISH: The steelhead fishing was very slow over the weekend, with just a few fish being caught

Skykomish River 01/30/2015

SKYKOMISH: People are catching steelhead now that river conditions have improved. Try using a pink jig under a float.

Skykomish River 01/23/2015

SKYKOMISH: The steelhead action has been fair to good this week. People are using jigs tipped with shrimp, spoons or worms in orange or pink. The Reiter Ponds stretch has been the most productive.

Skykomish River 01/20/2015

SKYKOMISH: Pink jigs with purple marabou tails, fished under a float, continues to produce good catches of steelhead.

Skykomish River 01/16/2015

SKYKOMISH: This seems to be the most consistent water for landing steelhead. Purple jigs fished in the soft seams under a float has been effective in producing strikes.

Skykomish River 01/13/2015

SKYKOMISH: The river is still producing steelhead at Reiter Ponds. Try using a bobber and jigs in pink and white.

Skykomish River 01/09/2015

SKYKOMISH: The Reiter Ponds section is fishable, and people are catching steelhead. Jig under a float seems to be working best. Despite rain in the weekend forecast, the river should be in good shape for those wanting to give it a try.

Skykomish River 01/02/2015

SKYKOMISH: The Reiter Ponds area seems to be a good place to find success.


Snake River 04/14/2015

SNAKE: The spring chinook fishery starts Sunday.


Snohomish River 10/16/2015

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

Snohomish River 10/09/2015

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

Snohomish River 10/02/2015

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

Snohomish River 09/15/2015

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

Snohomish River 09/01/2015

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

Snohomish River 08/28/2015

SNOHOMISH: Anglers are reporting catching pink salmon along the Snohomish River, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. Many of the salmon are currently on the move, and pink jigs are currently the most successful bait.

Snohomish River 08/19/2015

SNOHOMISH: Fishing for pinks has been fair but should continue to get better.

Snohomish River 08/14/2015

SNOHOMISH: A few fish have been caught recently, according to Chamberlain. Most have been pink salmon, specifically in the lower part of the river. The upper part is very low at this point. Most anglers have been using jigs.

Snohomish River 08/04/2015

SNOHOMISH: Opened Saturday, but Mike Chamberlain from Ted’s Sports Center said he hasn’t heard many positive things so far. Might be just a little too early so far. Snohomish River Basin


Snoqualmie River 08/04/2015

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


Sol Duc River

Also see Olympic Peninsula Rivers below...... ------------------------------------------------------

Stillaguamish River 10/19/2015

Stillaguamish river closed to protect low coho returns.

Stillaguamish River 10/13/2015

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

Stillaguamish River 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 11/10/2015

TILTON: Last week, Tacoma Power released 199 coho adults, 600 jacks, 357 fall chinook adults, 18 jacks and three cutthroat trout at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

Tilton River 11/03/2015

TILTON: Last week, Tacoma Power released 493 coho adults, 626 jacks, 249 fall chinook adults, 13 jacks and four cutthroat trout at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

Tilton River 10/27/2015

TILTON: Tacoma Power last week released 353 fall chinook adults, 23 jacks, 550 coho adults and 811 jacks at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

Tilton River 10/20/2015

TILTON: Last week, Tacoma Power released 708 fall chinook adults, 38 jacks, 334 coho adults, 569 jacks and two cutthroat trout at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

Tilton River 10/13/2015

TILTON: Tacoma Power last week released 503 fall chinook adults, 47 jacks, with 126 coho adults, 533 jacks and one cutthroat trout at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

Tilton River 10/06/2015

TILTON: Last week at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park, Tacoma Power released 337 fall chinook adults, 49 jacks, with 30 coho adults, 213 jacks and two cutthroat trout.

Tilton River 09/22/2015

TILTON: Tacoma Power last week released 403 fall chinook adults, 71 jacks, with 77 coho adults, 18 jacks and five cutthroat near Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

Tilton River 09/15/2015

TILTON: Last week Tacoma Power released 202 fall chinook adults at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Tilton River 03/31/2015

TILTON: Tacoma Power released 79 winter-run steelhead at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Tilton River 03/03/2015

TILTON: Tacoma Power released four winter-run steelhead at Gus Backstrom Park in Morton.

Tilton River 02/20/2015

TILTON: Tacoma Power released 11 coho and 13 winter-run steelhead 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.


Toutle River 03/03/2015

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


Wallace River


Washougal River 10/20/2015

WASHOUGAL: Fall chinook are biting for bank anglers.

Washougal River 03/03/2015

WASHOUGAL: Last day for salmon fishing is March 15.


Wenatchee River 05/19/2015

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

Wenatchee River 03/27/2015

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

Wenatchee River 03/10/2015

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


Whatcom Creek


White River (King County)

No Reports!


White Salmon River


Willapa River

No Reports!


Wind River 08/19/2015

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

Wind River 05/19/2015

WIND: Anglers are catching spring chinook near the mouth.

Wind River 04/28/2015

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


Wynoochee River 03/27/2015

WYNOOCHEE: A few steelhead are being caught, but the action has been slow overall. The river will close at the end of the month.

Wynoochee River 03/13/2015

WYNOOCHEE: While the river remains very low and clear, people are still catching steelhead. The issue has been most of them have been wild and must be released. Rain in the forecast this weekend should improve the action.

Wynoochee River 03/06/2015

WYNOOCHEE: People are picking up some steelhead, but the fish are very spooky because the water is at summertime levels. People are having some luck running plugs through the deeper slots.

Wynoochee River 02/27/2015

WYNOOCHEE: The river was fishing very well for steelhead this week. People have had success drifting shrimp under a float, or using pink worms, salmon eggs or red beads.

Wynoochee River 02/13/2015

WYNOOCHEE: The river was produtive, and popular, before being blown out last weekend. With water levels dropping, this and other Southwest Washington rivers will be worth a try this weekend.

Wynoochee River 01/30/2015

WYNOOCHEE: This river and others in the area are putting out good catches of steelhead, but be prepared to share the rivers with large crowds. Try side-drifting eggs or sand shrimp, or using a chartreuse jig under a float.

Wynoochee River 01/23/2015

WYNOOCHEE: If you are headed here this weekend, expect a crowd, despite reports that the fishing has been tough the last few days. People are trying a mix of eggs, jigs and plugs. Some anglers feel the fish are still in the lower river.

Wynoochee River 01/20/2015

WYNOOCHEE: The steelhead fishing has been very good to excellent. Pulling plugs through the holes has been very effective.

Wynoochee River 01/16/2015

WYNOOCHEE: The river is a good option for steelhead. Trying running a purple plug through the holding runs.

Wynoochee River 01/13/2015

WYNOOCHEE: The river has been fishing very well for steelhead now that it is back in shape. Boat anglers are pulling plugs or free drifting bait. Bank anglers are using jigs under a bobber.

Wynoochee River 01/09/2015

WYNOOCHEE: The upper stretch is fishable now, the rest should be by the weekend.


Yakima River 11/20/2015

Yakima: After flows topped 11,000 cubic feet per second Wednesday, they have been gradually dropping. Still, the river is high for this time of year. Look for trout holding close to the banks. Crystal flash Woolly Buggers had been effective before the river level rose.

Yakima River 11/13/2015

YAKIMA: Trout fishing is good overall, with consistent catches. Using nymphs such as small stoneflies, pheasant tails and WD-40s is a good tactic in the morning, then switch to Blue Wing Olive dry flies in the afternoon.

Yakima River 11/06/2015

YAKIMA: The river conditions have improved a great deal this week, and so has the fishing. Look for trout holding on the inside of soft seam lines and in slow riffles.

Yakima River 10/30/2015

YAKIMA: Trout fishing has been consistently good from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tan caddies flies have been effective early, then look to switch to blue wing olives and October caddis in the afternoon.

Yakima River 10/23/2015

YAKIMA: Warm weather in Central Washington has the fish still spread out in the river. Start working the shallow edges, and then move toward the deeper water. Streamers, such as small Woolly Buggers, have been fairly effective, as have blue wing olives, midges and tan caddis.

Yakima River 10/20/2015

YAKIMA: Fly-fishing was yielding trout last week. On the lower river, state sampling of 192 anglers showed they caught 85 adult chinook and one jack. An estimated 888 anglers fished for salmon and caught 411 adult fall chinook and five jacks. Anglers averaged 6.3 hours of fishing per chinook.

Yakima River 10/16/2015

YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been good to very good. Blue wing olives are the dominant hatch right now, so take along nymphs, emergers and dry flies. In the afternoon, look for hatches of orange October caddis.

Yakima River 10/09/2015

YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been very good. Anglers are having success fishing a size 16 Parachute Adams dry fly. Blue wing olives, in size 18, also have been effective during the large hatches. River flows are hovering around 1,000 cubic feet per second, ideal for wade fishing.

Yakima River 10/02/2015

YAKIMA: Small nymphs have been the most effective fly lately. Try patterns such as WD-40, olive or black zebra midge, baetis and lightning bugs, in sizes 18 and 20. October caddis dry flies are effective in the evening.

Yakima River 09/25/2015

YAKIMA: Action started picking up last week.

Yakima River 09/22/2015

YAKIMA: Salmon fishing picked up on the lower river last week, according to Paul Hoffarth, a WDFW biologist.

Yakima River 09/18/2015

YAKIMA: The pressure has been light, but fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout has been very good.

Yakima River 09/11/2015

YAKIMA: Small nymphs have been producing the most strikes. Trying us a black size 18 WD-40, black-olive zebra midge or red brassie. Also try October caddis pupae and then adult dry flies in the afternoon.

Yakima River 09/08/2015

YAKIMA: The trout fishing only improves as the water temperatures drop. The river has reached its typical levels for the fall, making for good wading opportunities.

Yakima River 09/04/2015

YAKIMA: The evening fishing restriction was lifted earlier this week. River flows have dropped this week as the irrigation demands are over for the summer. This is a perfect time to get out and do some wade fishing.

Yakima River 09/01/2015

YAKIMA: The water has been a little off color due to higher water temperatures. Otherwise, fishing has been very strong with boat anglers doing particularly well.

Yakima River 08/28/2015

YAKIMA: This is a good time to get on the river — water levels are low (ideal for wade fishing), temperatures have eased and the fish are willing to take a fly. Try fishing small nymphs in the riffles, or cast smaller terrestrial patterns toward shore, said Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop.

Yakima River 08/07/2015

YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been pretty good with grasshoppers and summer stoneflies, according to the Evening Hatch. Because of high temperatures in the late afternoon, fishing is best in the early morning.

Yakima River 08/04/2015

YAKIMA: Fishing has been good. Dry flies in the morning have been working, along with subsurface flies. Water temperature has been an issue, so efforts have been focused on early-morning fishing. It’s best to be off the river by noon. Better fishing will be found in a couple weeks during the evening when water temperatures start to cool down.

Yakima River 07/31/2015

YAKIMA: The Evening Hatch reported that anglers have been having the most success from 5 a.m. to noon because of high water temperatures. Anglers say they are catching rainbow and cutthroat trout.

Yakima River 07/24/2015

YAKIMA: The action for trout remains good, even though water temperatures are warm. Dry-fly fishing with hopper patterns has been effective in midmornings, said Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop.

Yakima River 07/03/2015

YAKIMA: The fly fishing has been very good despite the heat. Hit the water very early in the day, or wait until evening. Grasshopper patterns and summer stoneflies, both with a dropper fly, have been effective.

Yakima River 06/12/2015

YAKIMA: High temperatures early in the week slowed the fishing. The best bet for dry-fly action might be early in the day. Otherwise, nymphs have been more effective as the sun wanes.

Yakima River 05/29/2015

YAKIMA: The dry-fly fishing has been very good. Look for hatches of caddis, golden stoneflies, pale morning duns and flying ants. When all else fails, try a size 12 ant pattern. River conditions are good for wade fishing. Look for fish holding behind boulders in the middle, as well as deeper holes and seams.

Yakima River 05/22/2015

YAKIMA: Trout fishing is good throughout the river, despite low flows. In the upper river, anglers are using baitfish patterns that look like salmon smolt. In the canyon, it has been March brown, pale morning dun and blue wing olive nymphs early and then dries in the afternoon.

Yakima River 05/19/2015

YAKIMA: Anglers on the lower river caught an estimated 49 adult chinooks through Monday according to the WDFW. The fishing continues until June 15.

Yakima River 05/08/2015

YAKIMA: Trout fishing has been very good to excellent with the Mother’s Day caddis hatch coming off as expected. The fish are holding tight to the bank and seem to be feeding in very select lanes. Make sure your fly has a drag-free drift.

Yakima River 05/01/2015

YAKIMA: River flows have been steady and water conditions are good. That should make for a good weekend of fishing. Start the day using caddis nymphs. When you see fish feeding on the surface, switch to size 16 blue wing olive dry flies. Also watch for hatches of March browns.

Yakima River 04/24/2015

YAKIMA: Fishing has been good to very good. Conditions have been right for good hatches of mayflies and caddis, resulting in good dry fly action.

Yakima River 04/10/2015

YAKIMA: The river flow at Untanum is low but holding steady. Look for March brown hatches, especially on cloudy days. Try a beadhead hare’s ear nymph or a parachute March brown in sizes 12 and 14.

Yakima River 04/03/2015

YAKIMA: The river level has slowly dropped in the last few days and that should get the dry-fly action going again. Some patterns to use include skwalas, March browns, blue wing olives and brown sedges. Effective nymphs have been purple lightning bugs and black copper Johns.

Yakima River 03/27/2015

YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been good to very good. Some anglers are having success with streamers, such as a Sculpzilla. With the river flow on the rise, it might be a good time to try nymphs as well.

Yakima River 03/24/2015

YAKIMA: River conditions are good, with the trout willing to rise to skwala and baetis dry flies. On sunny days, use nymphs and streamers until the sun dips behind the canyon walls, then switch to dry flies.

Yakima River 03/17/2015

YAKIMA: The trout are looking up, seeking out skwala dry fly patterns. Try using smaller patterns, in size 12, to trick the fish that are seeing plenty of pressure this early in the season. You might find fewer people in the upper stretches of the river.

Yakima River 03/13/2015

YAKIMA: The dry-fly action remains good, with people using skwala, brown dun and blue wing olive patterns. The water is low and clear, so be wary not to spook the fish with a clumsy approach.

Yakima River 03/10/2015

YAKIMA: The recent warm weather seems to have turned on the skwala hatch and the trout are starting to feed on the surface. If the water is cold, say 40 degrees and below, run a skwala nymph along the edges of seams where the water is about 2 feet deep and moving at a slow walking pace.

Yakima River 03/06/2015

YAKIMA: Nymphs have been working best in the upper stretch of the canyon, while dry flies have been more effective in the lower portion. The skwala hatch has yet to begin with any consistency. The water is low and clear, making the fishing more challenging.

Yakima River 02/27/2015

YAKIMA: Look for the trout holding in the slower, deeper slicks. Trying using a skwala nymph with another nymph in sizes 14-18 below that. As the day goes on, some trout are starting to rise to skwala dry flies.

Yakima River 02/24/2015

YAKIMA: The best action has been in the canyon stretch. Anglers are using skwala patterns as the water temperatures warm up. Fishing in the Cle Elum area was slow over the weekend.

Yakima River 02/17/2015

YAKIMA: Trout fishing has been fair to good. The best action has been on skwala nymphs and various attractor nymph patterns. The river’s flow, measured at Untanum, is still nearly twice as high as normal for this time of year but has been slowly falling for the past six days.

Yakima River 02/13/2015

YAKIMA: Water clarity has been better above the confluence with the Teanaway River, but overall the river has slowly been improving. Flows are still high for this time of year, so look for the trout to be holding close to the bank.

Yakima River 02/03/2015

YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been fair to good. Try casting streamers on a floating line into the pockets of slow water close to the bank. River flows are dropping and should improve as the weekend nears.

Yakima River 01/30/2015

YAKIMA: The river has slowly been clearing this week, with the best clarity in the Cle Elum area. Looking for trout holding in slow-water pools. Nymphs will work best early in the day, but watch for midge hatches if the weather is warm enough.

Yakima River 01/27/2015

YAKIMA: Warm weather early this week has river flows up near 3,600 cubic feet per second, about three times higher than normal during the winter. If the flows hold, and water clears, the fish should be holding closer to the bank as the week progresses.

Yakima River 01/23/2015

YAKIMA: The river is back in shape, although still high for this time of year. It should be fishing well this weekend. Look for trout holding in water moving at a slow walking pace. Nymphs will likely be best.

Yakima River 01/20/2015

YAKIMA: Rain has raised water levels, but the river is still fishable. It should be in good shape by this weekend. Try San Juan worms as the river flow drops, as well as stonefly and zebra midge nymphs.

Yakima River 01/16/2015

YAKIMA: The river is in good shape, and the trout fishing should be improved this weekend.

Yakima River 01/13/2015

YAKIMA: River conditions have improved and should be even better by the weekend. Look for the trout holding in slow moving water, and deeper pool. Nymphs will work best now, although the trout might come to the surface if the midges are hatching.

Yakima River 01/09/2015

YAKIMA: Flows are still fairly high for this time of year, making fishing more difficult. Look for trout to be holding in slower, deeper pockets.

Yakima River 01/06/2015

YAKIMA: The rain also has impacted the east side of the state. The river is unfishable but could be back in shape in time for the weekend.

Yakima River Basin Map & Info


Contributing to this report:

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

Mark Yuasa myuasa@seattletimes.com The Seattle Times.

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

Contributors for 11/20/2015 Report: Red’s Fly Shop, salmonuniversity.com, Point Defiance Boathouse, steelheaduniversity.com, Carolyn Burdick at MarDon Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co.

Contributors for 11/13/2015 Report: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, northwestfishingreports.com, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, The Evening Hatch, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Zittel’s Marina, washingtonflyfishing.com, Harts Lake Resort & Deli, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center.

Contributors for 11/06/2015 Report: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, Point Defiance Boathouse, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, norhtwestfishingreport.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort.

Contributors for 10/30/2015 Report: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, The Evening Hatch, salmonuniversity.com, Point Defiance Boathouse, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, steelheaduniversity.com, northwestfishingreports.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse.

Contributors for 10/23/2015 Report: Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, salmonuniversity.com, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Point Defiance Boathouse, northwestfishingreports.com, steelheaduniversity.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Jim Kerr of Rain Coast Guides, The Evening Hatch, Amy Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort, Rainbow RV Resort.

Contributors for 10/16/2015 Report: State Department of Fish and Wildlife; Mike Coverdale; Worley Bugger Fly Shop; salmonuniversity.com, Point Defiance Boathouse, Zittel’s Marina, steelheaduniversity.com, northwestfishingreports.com, Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co.


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