Fall fishing opportunities abound, and the action will carry on well into the coming months for trout, salmon, squid and perch.

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Don’t even think about putting away the rod and reel just yet.

Fall fishing opportunities abound, and the action will carry on well into the coming months for trout, salmon, squid and perch.

The much-anticipated trout plant at Beaver Lake near Issaquah has become a popular autumn fishing affair, and anglers will soon get a chance to hook up with 2,500 rainbow trout.

“This has turned into a very popular fishery and the trout are nice-sized, averaging a couple pounds each,” said Justin Spinelli, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

State Fish and Wildlife will release the trout on Wednesday, and the lake’s access site will be closed at sunset on Tuesday, and reopen at sunrise on Oct. 15.

While the access site is closed, fishing will remain open at the lake, and there is a small park for bank angling. The daily limit is five fish, and only two can exceed 15 inches.

State Fish and Wildlife is also waiting for final approval to plant thousands of hatchery steelhead into local lakes, and is expected to begin as soon as next week.

“It looks like it will be a similar planting situation as last year (Rattlesnake Lake is not on the list), although our planting densities will be somewhat less,” Spinelli said.

Last year, 47 Western Washington lakes were planted with about 340,000 trout averaging 11 to 13 inches, along with some larger-sized ones. Lakes on the list last year in King County were Green, Angle, Bitter, Deep, Fenwick, Fish, Fivemile, Holm, Langlois, Morton and Shadow.

There are plenty of other trout-fishing options around Western Washington, and with the cooler weather and water temperatures, fish should be more active. To follow the weekly trout plants, go to wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/

A steady stream of coho continues to move into the Strait of Juan de Fuca where action was very good.

“The coho have shown up from Port Angeles to Sekiu, and while it was not quite limits (two fish per angler daily), it was good fishing overall,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife sample checker in the Strait.

“They still remain on the smaller size, although I’m hearing of a good-sized one here and there,” Bennett said. “Some of the bigger fish showed up at Sekiu where there was a report of one weighing around 20 pounds, and a few in the 15- to 16-pound range.”

A check Sunday from the Ediz Hook ramp at Port Angeles showed that 84 boats with 195 anglers Sunday took home 209 coho and one chum; and 55 with 131 on Saturday had 201 coho.

The Oktoberfish Salmon Derby is Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Olson’s Resort in Sekiu. Cost is $25 per person, and all anglers aboard a boat must have a derby ticket to qualify. Details: 360-963-2311.

Locally, central Puget Sound opened for hatchery chinook fishing and while the fish are plentiful, the vast majority were under the “keeper” 22-inch minimum.

“We got two keepers (Wednesday morning at Jefferson Head), and lots of smaller fish that were close to legal-size,” said Pete Sergeef, a state Fish and Wildlife test-boat fishery surveyor. “There is also a lot of baitfish (herring) and birds around the Richmond Beach and Edmonds oil-dock area.”

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Marine areas Good squid jigging off Edmonds, Des Moines and Seattle waterfront piers. Slow to fair for coho off Edmonds, West Point south of Shilshole Bay, Richmond Beach, Possession Bar, Point No Point and Port Townsend areas. Beach anglers continue to catch some coho off Whidbey Island at Bush and Lagoon points, and Fort Casey; the southeast side at Whidbey Island; Point Wilson north of Port Townsend; Mukilteo Lighthouse; Marrowstone Island’s western shoreline; and Point No Point. The La Push late-season bubble salmon fishery, open through Oct. 31, was very good for mostly chinook and a few coho. The Grays Harbor coho-only fishery has been good one day and lousy the next, with the best action happening in the Montesano area. Fair for kings and coho in the San Juan Islands. Slow to fair for chinook and coho in south-central Puget Sound off Tacoma and Vashon Island, and southern Puget Sound south of the Narrows Bridge.
Biting: YesRating: ★★★  
Statewide rivers “It has been pretty decent the last couple of days for chinook in Lower Columbia mainstem from Woodland upstream,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “The fall chinook return keeps rumbling on and it has been an exceptional season, but they might finally make a move because of the rainy weather.”

The Hanford Reach area of the Columbia River remains excellent for fall chinook with a 2.4 fish-per-boat average at White Bluffs, Ringold, and Vernita, and anglers in Tri-City area averaged 1.4 per boat. Cowlitz has been fair for a mix of chinook (most were wild that need to be released), coho, steelhead and cutthroat. Boat anglers in the Lewis near the salmon hatchery were catching some chinook and coho. Drano Lake (closed to fishing from 6 p.m. Tuesdays to 6 p.m. Wednesdays in October) boat anglers averaged nearly one chinook per rod, including fish released. Klickitat is fair for chinook. Fair to good in Bonneville Pool for chinook at the mouth of tributaries. Fair for coho in the Snohomish. Slow to fair for kings in Samish. Open sections of Quillayute; Sol Duc; Calawah; Bogachiel; Humptulips; Clearwater; and Salmon are starting to build for either chinook or coho. Good in Lower Yakima with 175 anglers this past week catching 65 chinook.

Biting: YesRating: ★★★  
Statewide lakes Good for perch off the docks on Lake Washington from Madison Park to Mount Baker, Mercer Island, Seward Park, Renton and Kirkland/Kenmore areas. Fair to good for trout at Goodwin, and for kokanee at Lake Stevens. Good at Banks Lake for walleye, perch and bass. Good for walleye, perch and bass in Potholes Reservoir. Lake Washington north of the Highway 520 Bridge and east of the Montlake Bridge is open this month for coho fishing. Jameson Lake is open for trout through Oct. 31. Goose Lake in southwest Washington was planted Sept. 21 with 2,332 cutthroat trout averaging one pound apiece.
Biting: YesRating: ★★★