According to the Northwest River Forecast Center, most western WA streams and rivers have been at historic low flow levels for a long time....I crossed some bridges yesterday on my way to a Mason County lake. It was high tide, so the conditions of the tidal creeks and lower Chehalis River were indiscernible. It was sunny and hot, and there were a bunch of trollers on the Chehalis. I could see their bored facial expresions at 40mph from the bridge. However, when I crossed the forks of the Satsop, all three were the lowest that I have ever seen them. Anemic flows. I abandoned any idea of river fishing for Coho, though I probably could have waded in search of cutthroat. I wondered about the temps, but it has cooled down enough so that is probably no longer a concern.
I stuck with my plan to continue to a lake and attempt to run my fishing kayak motor's lithium ion battery down all the way. When I realized that I wouldn't run the battery out of juice before dark, I started casting to some freshly planted trout that I suddenly noticed, just in time to finish off the sunset. There were some fat and feisty 16" - 17" in the mix.