bruce.drysdale@thenewstribune.comAugust 15, 2012 

The Skokomish River opened for business over the weekend, and there are “tons of fish, but tons of people,” said Walt Harvey of Verle’s Sports Center in Shelton.

He recommended hitting the river early with eggs and sand shrimp. Once the pressure gets too strong and the weights and corkies start flying, the chinook quit biting, he said.

Harvey reminded anglers that the fish must be hooked in the mouth; check all regulations before the first cast, he said.

There are still fish in the Wynoochee River, Harvey said, but there is little pressure there with so many anglers on the Skokomish.


South Sound: Fishing is fair in the Tacoma area, with mostly immature chinook and a few coho taken pretty much everywhere. Most anglers are trolling; a few are mooching and jigging. Fishing also is fair for chinook closer to Olympia. Anglers are finding fish by trolling frozen herring at 100 feet or so.

North Sound: Chinook fishing has slowed down a bit, but there are still good numbers in Marine areas 9 and 10. The Richmond Beach area north of Seattle has been one of the better-producing areas.

Strait of Juan de Fuca: One contributor described recent coho fishing off Neah Bay as “off-the-wall” hot, and the fish are making their way west as the silvers in the 7- to 8-pound range are starting to show up off Sekiu and Port Angeles. The strait still holds a good number of chinook, but that fishery closes after today.


Nisqually: It’s early here; your best bet might be to float eggs on the deep corners.

Puyallup: The water’s a little high, but the chinook are there, particularly below the mouth of the White River on high or outgoing tide. The lower river below Freeman Road will open Thursday.

Cowlitz: Fishing is hit-and-miss and pressure is light as Tacoma Power carries on work at the dam and the waters rise and fall accordingly. There are reports of plenty of steelhead, and the first of the fall chinook have arrived. Use divers and bait or a bobber and jig tipped with bait. Eggs and sand shrimp are working at Barrier Dam.

Skykomish: Steelhead fishing remains fairly good, mostly in the hatchery complex area and in the Sultan-Monroe stretch.


Riffe: Fishing for silvers remains good at the east end. The fish are fairly deep – 30 to 50 feet or more.

Mayfield: Trout fishing is picking up for trollers.

Offut: With the warmer weather, trout anglers need to hit the lake in the morning with worms and dough bait. Boat anglers are catching some perch and bass in the afternoons.

Mineral: Trout fishing remains good, with one report of boat anglers limiting out in two hours Tuesday on white Power Eggs, and a 4-pounder landed from the docks last week. Fishing off the bottom with a leader of several feet is recommended.

Baker: The sockeye fishery is on the downside but continues to be fair in this Whatcom County lake. The fish have gone deep, though – as much as 55 feet. 253-597-8666 Contributing to this report: Cody Palm of Zittel’s Marina; Walt Harvey of Verle’s Sports Center; Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center; Todd Rock of Auburn Sports and Marine; Marshall Borsom of Fish Country, Becky Pogue of Offut Lake Resort; and Doreen Douglas of Mineral Lake Resort.

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