South Sound: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing is fair in the area. Pinks are biting along the shorelines. Try fishing with pink flies or trolling with flasher and pink hoochie. Chinook fishing has been decent, and some silvers are biting, too. Crabbing will require patience, but some Dungeness have been caught in Quartermaster Harbor, Commencement Bay and near Dash Point.
The Gig Harbor Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby is scheduled for Saturday. For more information, visit gigharborpsa.org.
North Sound: Reports from washingtonlakes.com state the action was slow by boat and from shore Monday.
Coast: As of Sunday, anglers are allowed to keep two chinook per day while ocean fishing off the coast of Westport, LaPush and Neah Bay, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced. Only one chinook is allowed near Ilwaco.
“Fishing for chinook out of Westport has been really good recently, and we’re keeping a close watch on the pace of the catch,” WDFW salmon policy coordinator Pat Pattillo said in a statement. “It appears now that enough of the quota for the Westport area remains to allow anglers two chinook per day.”
Octopus: The WDFW recently extended protection for giant Pacific octopuses in Puget Sound by prohibiting the recreational harvest of the creatures at seven scuba diving sites between Tacoma and Whidbey Island.
The nine-member WDFW commission unanimously voted to prohibit the harvest of octopuses near Tacoma’s Les Davis Pier, the Days Island Wall and other locations including Des Moines. The new rules take place in the fall. For more information, visit wdfw.wa.gov.
Nisqually: Anglers have been catching pink salmon and chinook.
Puyallup: Corkies and yarn has been the tool of choice for many anglers going after pinks and chinook.
American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse said anglers are catching rainbows and kokanee in the morning. Perch fishing has also been fair.
Black: Anglers are using eggs to catch rainbow trout on this Thurston County lake.
Clear: Kokanee fishing continues to be hot here, according to reports on washingtonlakes.com.
Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House said to try using Power Eggs around the weed lines on the south end of the lake. Action on the dock has been slow.
Stevens: Anglers are catching kokanee, but reports vary on how easy it is to land these fish.
Tanwax: The most recent report on washingtonlakes.com indicates the action is slow.
Tapps: Smallmouth Bass and Tiger Muskie are biting here.
Chelan: “What continues (to be) hot is trolling the Bar for Lake Trout ... early in the morning and late in the evening,” Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service said. He recommended using purple Worden Lures U20 and T4 flatfish with outrigger rods.Craig Hill: 253-597-8497 email@example.com @AdventureGuys