Green: Steelhead fishing is slow, with some fish being caught in the upper river. People are using sand shrimp for steelhead. Cutthroat trout action has been pretty good.
Olympic Coast: The rivers are low and clear, but people are catching a mix of summer-run steelhead, sockeye, chinook and trout. Can’t say the action is great, but the fish are there.
Puyallup: The upper river, from the City of Puyallup outfall structure across the river from the junction of Freeman Road and North Levee Road upstream to the mouth of the White River, will open Thursday. The lower river, from the 11th Street Bridge upstream to the outfall structure, will open Aug. 16. There will be closures in August and September. See Sunday’s Adventure section for details.
Skokomish: Salmon fishing, from the mouth to the U.S. Highway 101 Bridge, will start Aug. 3. The hatchery chinook fishery on the river from the state Route 106 Bridge upstream will be open Fridays-Sundays each week through Aug. 25. See Sunday’s Adventure section for details.
Yakima: Flows seem to be inching higher, but the trout are willing to hit a grasshopper pattern cast close to the bank during the day and stoneflies in the morning and evening.
Dash Point: Anglers fishing the pier are catching some pink salmon, just not in large numbers yet. Some schools are in the area, but not in the large numbers we should see in a week or two. Buzz Bombs, 2 inches or 21/2 inches, have been the best lure.
Fly fishing: Beach anglers are catching a few pink salmon, including off Browns Point and on both sides of the Tacoma Narrows, some up to 8 pounds. A few coho are still around.
South Sound: Chinook fishing has been best on the tide changes and during slack tide. People have been catching chinook by Dolphin Point, off the Girl Scout camp north of Gig Harbor and Point Evans. Crab fishing has been good, especially if you can leave your pots in the water overnight.
Westport: The charter boats are finding fish south of the harbor mouth and out in water about 250 feet deep. Reports from Thursday indicated charter clients were averaging almost a chinook per person.
Silver: Bass fishing has been very good early and late in the day. A lot of the fish are measuring 12-16 inches long. The perch and bullhead catfish action has been good.
Leech: The lake has been fishing well, especially on cooler, cloudy days. Try small beadheaded leeches or a size 16 callebaetis dry or emerger when the fish are on the surface.
Offut: The trout action has slowed down overall. Some limits are being caught, especially on cloudy mornings. Chartreuse, white and pink Power Eggs with a piece of worm has been working best. The perch and bass fishing has been good during the heat of the day.
Spanaway: The fishing has been good overall, with a number of limits being brought in. Still fishing with a worm and marshmallow at the south end has been the way to go for boaters. Dock anglers are using Power Bait. The best action has been in the morning.
Tapps: Fishing for tiger muskies has been fair to good, but the fish are on the small side. Look for the fish holding amid the weed beds and cruising along the rocky points.Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Westport Charter Boat Association, Waters West, gamefishin.com, The Evening Hatch, Todd Reis of Reis’ Extreme Musky Guide Service, Bob Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Bud Herltizka at Spanaway Park Boathouse, Joe Pombrio at Puget Sound Fly Co., Auburn Sports and Marine, Bill Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 email@example.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors