Anglers going to Dash Point Park and Browns Point Lighthouse Park are reminded to obey parking and fishing regulations, as well as to be respectful of residents in those areas. State Department of Fish and Wildlife law enforcement officers and local police officers are patrolling the areas.
Nisqually: Reports have been consistent of people hooking one or two chinook and pink salmon on each trip. Overall, the action has been fair.
Puyallup: People are catching a few chinook and pink salmon since the upper river opened Thursday. Corkies and yarn in red seems to be a productive setup.
Skokomish: There are lots of fish in the river, which should attract a lot of anglers when it opens Saturday. Be sure to check the regulations because they differ depending on which stretch you are fishing.
Stillaguamish: The state will close 41/2 miles of the North Fork to all fishing, including catch-and-release fishing, from Monday-Sept. 30. The move was made to protect summer-run steelhead holding in the North Fork below the mouth of Deer Creek.
Leech: Because it has some elevation, the water is cooler, and the trout fishing is more productive. Look for good callibaetis hatches on cloudy days. Try elk hair caddis or terrestrial patterns such as ants.
Munn: While known for its trout action, this is a good warm-weather lake for bass. Cast topwater deer hair poppers toward the weed beds.
Potholes: The largemouth bass action in the dunes has been best early in the morning. The spring frog is the top water lure for fishing the large vegetation mats that are forming as water goes down. Smallmouth bass along the dam and in the Lind Coulee rock are hitting 4-inch grubs, rooster tails and crankbaits. Goose Island has been the best spot for walleye, trolling spinners 14-25 feet of water.
Tapps: The tiger muskie fishing in the evening has been fair to good, with some larger fish becoming active. One angler reported success using a purple bucktail spinner cast into the weeds.
Wenatchee: The sockeye fishery is open until further notice. The daily limit is two sockeye, 12 inches in length or greater. The state opened the fishery because more than 27,000 fish have made passage at Tumwater Dam on the Wenatchee River. About 30,000 sockeye are projected to return, with 7,000 estimated to be available for harvest above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish.
Fly fishing: The action for coho is starting to pick up. Resident coho, some weighing 5-8 pounds, are being caught in the Gig Harbor area. Fishing for sea-run cutthroat trout also has been good. Try baitfish patterns or topwater flies.
Ilwaco: Tuna anglers are finding schools of fish straight out from the mouth of the Columbia River. Also, Albert DaSilva of Kelso caught a 16-pound dorado while fishing for tuna 35 miles out of Ilwaco on Thursday.
Pinks: The Tacoma Narrows is a good place to look for pinks as they head for the Nisqually River. The west side has plenty of public access, and there is Titlow Beach on the east side. The number of fish being caught off Dash and Browns points is increasing. Some fish are being caught off Hoodsport.
South Sound: The chinook action has been improving. To the north end of Marine Area 11, anglers are finding fish off Three Tree Point and Dolphin Boat. Saturday is the salmon derby run by the South King County chapter of Puget Sound Anglers, run out of Point Defiance Boathouse. Top prize is $3,500.
Westport: Anglers are bringing home one or two salmon per person, with the catch being a mix of coho, chinook and some pinks. The fish are being found south of the Grays Harbor buoy in water 250 feet deep. Beginning Sunday, anglers fishing in Marine Area 2 can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit.Contributors: Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co., Rob Harbin of MarDon Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop, gamefishin.com, Westport Charter Boat Association, washingtonlakes.com, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 email@example.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors