Fishing report

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comJuly 11, 2012 

The fish are biting around South Sound this week. But even when they aren’t, there are good stories to tell. Some are even true.

“Yeah, we have some very unique fish here,” said Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House. “Some of them even continue to grow after they are caught.”

One angler at Spanaway Park has a true tale to tell after tangling with a brown trout, Herlitzka said.

The angler left his pole unattended, and a trout bit and pulled it into the lake. Herlitzka said some nearby personal watercraft riders took pity on the angler and fished the pole out of the lake.

Pole back in hand, the angler reeled in the line and found the trout was still on the hook.


American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says rainbow fishing “continues to be outstanding.” He says the action is better for those trolling and recommends using a worm and bobber with shrimp “or anything shrimp-flavored” at a depth of 6-10 feet. Anglers have been catching bass occasionally. Kokanee fishing continues to be slow.

Chelan: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service says trolling for trout in the trench is the best place to fish right now. Try using Worden Lures T4 purple glow flatfish in the morning near the bar before moving to the trench and using Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders baited with northern pikeminnow, Jones said.

Grimes: Jones recommends trying here, where cutthroat 20 inches and longer are biting. Use chironomids or woolly buggers for best results, Jones said.

Mayfield: Marshall Borsom of Ethel’s Fish Country says fishing is starting to pick up. He recommends using wedding ring spinners tipped with shrimp.

Riffe: “Still red hot for landlocked silvers,” Borsom said. Fish are at a depth of 15-20 feet.

Spanaway: Herlitzka said browns and rainbows are biting for those using worms. Browns are 2-3 pounds and rainbows are about 5 pounds.

Tanwax: The fishing for crappie and perch is picking up, while anglers are waiting for the bass to start biting. Rainbow Resort staff says trolling and dock anglers are having similar success. They recommend using worm and wedding ring for trolling or Power Bait or Power Eggs for dock fishing.


Crabbing: All areas except Marine Area 7 in Puget Sound are open to crabbing Thursday through Mondays each week until Sept. 3. Marine Area 7 begins opening this weekend, with the San Juan Islands and Bellingham portions opening Sunday. The Strait of Georgia opens Monday.

Sequim: Anglers are catching their limits early in the morning, but fishing is also good at night, according to a report from Olson’s Resort.

Tacoma: Point Defiance Boathouse Marina’s recent report describes the action as slow, but the expectation is for fishing to improve as tides weaken.

Westport: Salmon fishing has been good off the coast. Westport’s Charterboat Association reports that fish are biting in the south bowl and south of the south jetty.


Cowlitz: Borsom says steelhead are biting for those using eggs and sand shrimp and bobbers and jigs.

Skagit: There are reports of anglers catching sockeye.

Skykomish: Summer-run steelhead fishing has been good.

Sturgeon: Washington and Oregon fishery managers have scheduled six public meetings in July to discuss possible changes to white sturgeon fisheries. Meetings are July 17 in Portland, June 18 in Longview, June 19 in Astoria, June 24 in Raymond, July 26 in Mill Creek and July 31 in Montesano. For more information, visit

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