Posted by Mark Yuasa
The choices on places to go and catch a fish are plentiful in the fall.
“We’ve got some great coho fishing going on right now, and it is about as good as I’ve seen in quite a number of years especially in the Skykomish and Snohomish,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. “There are lots of coho and most of the guys are very pleased with it from the tidewater in Everett all the way up past the town of Snohomish.”
Most anglers are trolling Brad’s Wigglers or 3.5 Mag Lips. Others are doing well just casting and retrieving Vibrax-like spinners and incorporating them with a small squid or floating eggs has been good in the flowing sections of the rivers. Small Dick Nites in a 50/50 and other varieties of color have also been doing quite well.
Other rivers garnering fair to good coho reports are the Stillaguamish, Cascade and Skagit. There are still a fair number of zombie humpies kicking around for those who’d like to catch them. Summer steelhead fishing has been fair in Reiter Ponds of the Skykomish.
On the coast, rivers like the Humptulips, Satsop, Wynoochee, Clearwater, Queets and Lower Hoh all have a good showing of salmon.
Those looking for kings should head east of the Cascades to the Columbia River in the Hanford Reach area where it remains good.
On the lake scene, the perch are biting well in Lake Washington on the docks of Seward Park, Coulon Park in Renton, Mercer Island at Luther Burbank and Kenmore. Cho are also being hooked up off Hunts Point and Yarrow Bay most by guys trolliner 3.5 Mag Lips or Brads Wigglers on downriggers.
The coho bite is starting to wind down in the saltwater although it is still fair in northern Puget Sound, Shipwreck to Browns Bay, Edmonds area, Richmond Beach to Shilshole Bay, West Point, Elliott Bay and Jefferson Head. It is also fair to good for blackmouth and coho in the San Juan Islands.
Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.