Hood Canal: The pink salmon action has picked up in recent days as more schools reach the area. A quarter-ounce pink jig has been the best lure.
Ilwaco: It was a tougher week to catch fish last week, based on creel samples. Anglers averaged 0.86 fish per person, down from 1.03 fish per person the week before. Coho dominated the catch, almost 4-to-1 compared with chinook.
North Sound: Chinook fishing has been good to very good since Marine Area 9 opened. People are having success with Coho Killers or a white hoochie tied about a yard behind a green flasher. Look for the fish about 80-100 feet deep.
South Sound: The salmon action improved this week. Checkers at area ramps have counted 57 chinook. Crabbing has been inconsistent. The best action has been from Redondo and north, with pots set as deep as 200 feet. Turkey or chicken seems to be good bait. Longer soaks are doing best.
Westport: Most charter boat are heading about 13 miles northwest of Grays Harbor and fishing in water about 180 feet deep. Some boats are catching limits, while others are averaging about a fish per person. The weather could be an issue for smaller private boats this weekend. Some of the first tuna landed by recreational anglers are being caught about 40 miles out.
Black: Trout fishing has been fair to good. Troll small spoons and spinners or smile-blade flies. Early in the day or late in the day has been best.
Harts: The catfish action has been good from boats or from the dock. Tightly wad a worm on a hook and float it 3-4 feet off the bottom to keep your bait above the weeds.
Mineral: Fishing the north end has been the most productive spot. Fish off the bottom with a worm or pink or lemon-lime Power Eggs on a 4-foot leader.
Spanaway: Fishing the south end with worms and marshmallow is producing some limits of trout. Worms are working best for dock anglers, especially later in the day. Some of the trout are weighing as much as 31/2 pounds.
Spencer: The action has really slowed. Trout are hanging out close to the two springs that feed the lake. Find the deepest parts of the lake and still-fish with worms or PowerBait off the bottom.
Columbia: The effort and steelhead catch increased last week in the lower river, although more wild steelhead than hatchery steelhead were found in the creel samples. Last week, the state checked 2,575 anglers with 792 steelhead, 20 adult summer chinook, nine jack summer chinook and 20 sockeye. Overall, sturgeon fishing has been slow, but bank anglers in The Dalles Pool are catching some legal-size fish.
Cowlitz: A creel check by the state of 57 boat anglers showed they kept 17 steelhead, while 53 bank anglers kept five adult and three mini-jack spring chinook and five steelhead. All the sampling was done between the hatcheries.
Lewis: Fishing has been slow. A creel sampling on the mainstem showed five boat anglers kept one steelhead and released one. On the North Fork, four boat anglers kept three steelhead.
Yakima: Flows are about 1,000 cubic feet per second above normal for this time of year, making the fishing a challenge. If you try it, keep your dry flies in the soft seams close to the bank. Fishing the braided areas in the Farmlands stretch might be a good idea.Contributors: Westport Charter Boat Association, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Don Wells and Hart’s Lake Resort and Deli, Tom Pollack at Sportco, salmonuniversity.com, washingtonlakes.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 email@example.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors