The west side rivers are in dire need of more water as they’re all pretty much extremely low and clear, and fishing has been somewhat on the tough side.
The one expection has been the tidal water areas of the Snohomish River and the Lower Skagit River which are producing some fairly good coho catches.
“The tidewater areas of the Lower Snohomish is where you want to target coho,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sporting Goods in Lynnwood. “Guys fishing the Skagit are doing pretty good on 4 to 5 pound coho. Many of the rivers are pretty low and clear.”
In the Snohomish try trolling plugs like Brad’s Wigglers in 3/8 ounce with colors like fire tiger, fluorescent red and black herring bone being the go to ones. Others that have been working well are the purple and pink colored Yakima Bait Fatfish and the 3.5 Mag Lips.
The Yakima lures have been hard to find in local tackle shops, but if you see them be sure to pick them up before they’re gone again.
More options include Vibrax and Mepps spinners in size Number 3 in silver/green and chartreuse or small Dick Nite 50-50 and nickleback frog colored spoons.