Fishing Report 2022
Yakima River: The river has settled into its median winter flows roughly so It will remain stable until spring run-off starts. Streamers and well presented nymphs will be the ticket from here on out. Anything big with lots of movement fished deep off a tip will find fish. The other way to go is nymphing stones, worms, beatis and or midges to round out the hatches for the smaller bugs. The canyon will be busiest and have the most water but don't be afraid to explore.
Puget Sound: The sound is fishing well with plenty of resident coho and cutts out looking to fatten for winter. These creatures are baitfish murderers so pattern wise, baitfish and shrimp/squid will always be the best places to start. For salmon you can size up a bit to #2-#6 but for cutts #4-#6 all day. This time of year we experience better tides so take advantage of that. Not much on specifics but cover lots of water and cut your losses if your not seeing fish within an hour of being on the beach.
Westside Lakes: Most lowland lakes will be better come spring for trout but you can still fish many of our lowland lakes all year just be sure to check your regulations first. Local area lakes are planted in winter/spring and are fun early season and when then later for warmwater species, here’s a link to explore what lakes have been planted https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports/stocking/trout-plants/all. The lakes that are not planted yet will still have decent opportunities but they tend to be slower as the numbers of fish are much lower in our naturally reproducing lakes. Chironomids, leeches and baitfish will be the most common food sources this time of year with midges being up to 90% of a trouts diet in certain still waters.
Eastside lakes: The Basin lakes are done until march or early spring which isn't too far away really!
Snoqualmie Forks: Blown for the moment but when it gets into shape streamers on tips and nymphs fished deep and slow will be the ticket, don't get hung up on pattern just go fish!
Bass/Warm-water: Spring will be here soon or get the gear rod out and look for fish in the deeper water say 50' or more for bass.
Olympic Peninsula: Winter steelhead regulations have recently been updated for the coast https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2782 . Like all west coast anadromous fish stocks the OP is experiencing run loss and severely depressed fish populations. At this point as anglers we need to fish for these fish in manners and ways that greatly reduce our impact on them. Getting your “one fish for the day” is a great way to look at it. If you hook up and or land a fish hang it up for the day and take pictures, work on your cast, explore a new area etc. anything but continuing to pressure these fish after you get one is just greedy. Giving them a chance to spawn and thrive is what is needed and hooking as many of these beautiful fish in a day is just plain careless and causes fish to not spawn and prematurely return to the ocean. Here is a link to the most up to date run sizes and info: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/score/score/species/steelhead.jsp?species=Steelhead
Pass Lake: Chironomids, leeches, and baitfish patterns presented down deep on a full sinker or deep on an indicator rig are good bets this time of year. The browns are always looking for meat to chase and the rainbows will be eating midges all spring to stay fat. Good time for a spin around the lake in your float tube. Think low numbers but the possibility at some of the biggest fish of the season.
Puget Sound steelhead: A few summers around but mostly a trout show with the SRC (sea run cutts) showing right now through November. Rivers will mostly close at the end of January.
Skagit System: We will not get a 2022 steelhead C&R season unfortunately. Jan 31 will be the end of winter season. https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_freshwater.j
Montana: Lots of low water this year but these colder temps and rain will help improve the fishing. We are well versed in the waters of Montana; from the Clark Fork to the bighorn we know a thing or two. Stop on in as we can get you setup for a trip anywhere out west. Check out these reports for the Beaverhead and Bighorn https://www.sunriseflyshop.com/montana-fishing-reports/
Alpine Lakes: June will be here before we know it!. A good box of terrestrial dries and leeches are all one needs to find success on our local alpine lakes. Remember to adhere to leave no trace principals when you spend time in our back country. The state has all the resources you need right here: https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/locations/high-lakes