North Central Washington: Chinook salmon fishing continues through Oct. 15 on the mainstem Columbia River in the stretch from Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam. Catch rates tend to slow down at this time of the year, but anglers can still catch chinook up to 20 pounds. There are boat-launching facilities at both city parks in Brewster and Bridgeport.
Jameson Lake in Douglas County opens Oct. 1 for an extra month of fishing. WDFW district fish biologist Travis Maitland said anglers can expect good fishing, because the lake was stocked earlier this month with 10,000 catchable sized rainbow trout. Along with holdovers from the spring plants, the lake should provide good action for the whole month, he said.
Lower Antilon Lake in Chelan County is also a good bet for some spunky fall brown trout, Maitland said. These fish should range in size from 11 to 14 inches, with some browns in the 20-inch range.
Maitland also notes that early fall is a good time to get into and visit some of the high lakes in Chelan County. Traditionally mild temperatures and fewer insects keep fish in the high lakes fish biting through October as they prepare to over-winter, he said. Check out the possibilities in the new high lakes section of the Fish Washington webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/highlakes/index.html .
Rocky Ford Creek, open year-round in Grant County, offers a great opportunity for catch-and-release fly-fishing opportunities. WDFW maintenance staff recently spiffed up the Rocky Ford Fish Hatchery #1 access site and fortified the wooden ADA accessible fishing pier.
Walleye fishing usually picks up this month on Moses Lake and Potholes Reservoir. Yellow perch fishing also continues to be good at both lakes, as it has been all summer.