This time of the year it is transition time from steelhead fishing to springer fishing. A few rivers you will still be able to get a combination of both.
Columbia River: flows are dropping and water is clearing to a green color. The water below the Willamitee is very dirty with about a foot of visibility. We are focusing our efforts from mouth of Lewis to Vancouver flats with great success trolling Herring cured in Zilla Herring cure. The key to this fishery is to work the bottom as much as u can.
Lewis River: High and green but not many Steelhead being caught.This system as of now will not be open for Springer fishing this year.
Kalama River: Flows are good with 3 ft of visibility. Hatchery Steelies are still being caught and a occasional Springer. Keep in mind that this little system is suppose to get a good return of Hatchery Springers back to the hatchery.
Cowlitz River: Flows were high and green but the last part of the week Tacoma power dropped the River 2,000 cfm. The water is green with great visibility. There are still tons of Hatchery Steelies and also this past week several Springers were caught. Methods used: side drifting roe cured with Zilla, also tons of people are just side drifting beads.
Chehalis system: The water is high and muddy but starting to drop. The plunkers have caught a few.
Humptulips River: Flows were very high and dirty but on the drop now.
Wynochee River: High and green with a occasional hatchery fish caught. The weather is calling for tons of rain so I do not think the water will hold.
Skookumchuck River: The water is high but good visibility. There are Steelies still being caught around the hatchery to the deadline.
Newakum River: High and dirty and no reports of fish caught.