Columbia: Last week in the lower river, the state sampled 2,790 anglers who had 1,102 steelhead, 10 adult and two jack summer chinook. In The Dalles Pool, boat and bank anglers are catching some chinook. The sturgeon fishing has been best in The Dalles Pool.
Cowlitz: The best action for chinook and steelhead has been between the hatcheries. State sampling of 22 bank anglers showed they kept two adult and 12 mini jack spring chinook, and they released nine minis; 50 boat anglers kept 18 steelhead.
Deschutes: The action for cutthroat trout near Pioneer Park has been good early in the day. Use smalll Dick Nite spoons or elk hair caddis and grasshopper patterns.
Nisqually: A few chinook are being caught, but they seem the exception, not the norm.
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 be open Thursday through Aug. 10 as well as Aug. 12-31.
Skokomish: A check of anglers fishing the tide flats showed they were averaging more than one chinook per person. The recreational salmon fishery, from the mouth to the U.S. Highway 101 Bridge, gets underway Saturday.
Yakima: The dry fly fishing in the lower canyon has been good to very good. Use stonefly patterns in the morning, grasshoppers during the day and back to stoneflies at night.
Black: The trout action has slowed because of the warmer water. The best action is early in the morning or evening. Try trolling with a Wedding Ring or Dick Nite spoon.
Chelan: The lake trout fishing has been best for people trolling the bar early in the morning and late in the evening. Later in the morning, the upper trench has been productive. Trolling the face of Manson Bay in the afternoon has worked, too.
Drano: A check of 44 boat anglers showed they kept five steelhead, and they released 26 steelhead and a wild adult chinook.
Kapowsin: The action for largemouth bass has been good. Try running a crankbait lure past submerged timber.
Mayfield: Trolling off Ike Kinswa State Park has been producing good catches of rainbow trout. Try using a red Wedding Ring or a double- bladed Hildebrandt spinner tipped with a worm.
Tanwax: The lake has been producing good catches of yellow perch. Some of the fish have measured almost 10 inches long.
Pink salmon: The action in the South Sound has been hit and miss as smaller schools make their way to area rivers. Fishing off Des Moines and Redondo has been fair, while people fishing at Dash Point Park report the fishing is good for an hour then quiet for long stretches. In Tacoma, the action is still on the slow side.
Strait of Juan de Fuca: The fishing is still good. Creel samples at resorts in Sekiu on Sunday showed 337 anglers brought in 97 chinook, 51 coho and 152 pink salmon. The fishing has been just as good in Port Angeles.
South Sound: The chinook and coho fishing is improving. A check of 344 anglers at Point Defiance on Saturday showed a catch of 20 chinook and nine coho. Trolling off the Gig Harbor shoreline, slag pile and clay banks has been best.
Westport: The chinook seem to be holding about 10 miles out in water running 270 feet deep. The fishing was on for good-size fish, with many weighing 16-23 pounds. Silver Horde Gold Star squid and large Ace High plugs in rainbow were effective tied behind an 11-inch green flasher. Fishermen were averaging about one chinook and one-half coho per person.Contributors: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, John Keizer of saltpatrol.com, gamefishin.com, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Evening Hatch, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, washingtonlakes.com, Cabela’s. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org thenewstribune.com/outdoors