Chehalis Satsop and Wynochee rivers

Waiting for runs of salmon – Even though the action on the Chehalis, Satsop and Wynochee rivers has slowed down in the last few days, that area still seems to be the best option for anglers willing to make the trip.
Elsewhere, folks seem to be waiting for the salmon and steelhead runs that traditionally begin picking up after Thanksgiving.


Puyallup: Anglers are hooking up with mostly chums these days. The next run of silver salmon hasn’t shown up yet. Chums are hitting green corkies and yarn. Action should pick up once tribal nets come out of the river later today.

Green: Chum fishing has improved in the past week, and a few steelhead are being caught as well. The stretch above Highway 18 seems to be the better location. Shrimp or red-and-white spinners seem to be working best.

Kalama: Action has been off and on throughout the river, but anglers are picking up bright silvers and king salmon, as well as a few steelhead.

Cowlitz: Silvers are still coming in to the upper six miles of the river, and winter-run steelhead are in the Blue Creek area. The river is a bit high but in good shape. Boat anglers are pulling plugs, while bank anglers are throwing spinners, eggs and bobbers or marabou jigs.

Olympic Coast: Salmon fishing is pretty much over at this point. Fish that are still around are pretty dark. Some winter-run steelhead are showing up, but the runs are just starting. Rain expected late this week should help.

Aberdeen: The action has slowed down in the past few days. The Wynochee has been producing some nice silvers. Steelhead fishing should start improving after Thanksgiving.

Columbia: The fishing pressure has been very light, and the catching hasn’t been much better.

Yakima: Fishing nymphs deep or stripping streamers are the best alternatives at the moment. Midge patterns might bring rainbows to the surface.

North Sound: The last of the chum are reaching the rivers. A few late summer-run steelhead are being caught as well.


Tacoma: The action has been hit and miss since Sunday, when a dozen fish were checked in at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Blackmouth have been approaching 10 pounds. Trolling a flasher and hoochie along the slag pile and along Ruston Way to the grain elevators has been the most effective method.

Fly fishing: Chum salmon are being caught throughout the area, but the action has not been red hot. Flies in green and chartreuse are working for chum.

South Sound: Fly anglers also have been picking up resident coho at Point Fosdick, fishing from boats in Indian Cove. Small clouser and shrimp patterns, in size 8, are catching fish around 14 inches long.

Hood Canal: Fishing for chum has really slowed down in the last week or so.

North Sound: Blackmouth fishing has been mixed, with some fish weighing around 13 pounds. The fog has been making it tough. Seattle has been the best bet for squid.


Offut: The fishing has been hit and miss the last few days. When the fish are on, trout up to 25 inches have been hitting worms and marshmallows. The water temperature is down to 48 degrees.

Scanewa: Fishing for coho has been fair, as well as the action for rainbow trout.

Silver (Cowlitz): Pressure has been very light, due in large part to poor weather. Crappie fishing was fair over the weekend.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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