South Sound: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports that fishing in the area is spotty, with anglers catching fish but needing to work hard to do so. Anglers are catching fish near the boathouse, the Gig Harbor shoreline, Dalco Passage and the clay banks. Pink salmon continue to make their way to the mouth of the Puyallup River; fishing has been good but not great. Crabbing has been slow.
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North Sound: Lots of good opportunities to catch fish here, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. Anglers are catching their limit of one king salmon between Point Wells and Shilshole. Coho are biting, too. Pinks are biting south of Mukilteo. The kings are also biting near Kingston and Jefferson Head. Anglers have done well using buzz bombs to land coho from the southeast beaches of Whidbey Island.
Columbia: Anglers have been catching fish on the lower river.
Nisqually: People have been catching pink salmon and chinook.
Puyallup: “Pretty much anything pink or anything purple will get the job done,” said Randy Hart of Big J’s Outdoor Store when talking about the best bait. “It’s the best I’ve seen in years this early in the season.” Humpies, kings and silvers are biting, he said. He recommends using a half-ounce ball, a 6-foot leader and one or two pink or purple corkies.
Skagit: “The best pink fishing I’m hearing about is on the Skagit River,” Chamberlain said. “From Gilligan Creek to the mouth there have been pretty darn good numbers.” He recommends plunking with Spin-N-Glow and sand shrimp.
American: People are arriving early to catch rainbows, kokanee and perch.
Black: Anglers are using eggs to catch rainbow trout on this Thurston County lake.
Clear: Kokanee fishing has been good.
Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House recommended this week to fish the weed lines on the south end of the lake.
King, Snohomish and Skagit county lakes: “Our lakes are kind of into the doldrums, and I don’t perceive trout fishing picking up until it starts cooling down near the end of September,” Chamberlain said.
Chelan: Troll the bar with Worden Lures U20 and T4 flatfish to catch trout, said Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service. Rapid depth changes at the upper end of the trench and the face of Manson Bay make using outrigger rods more challenging, but Jones said this is what he’s using to land the biggest fish.
Potholes: Rob Harbin of MarDon Resort said fishing is good and getting better. “The perch fishing at the state park and off the MarDon Dock has been great,” he said via email. “Don’t forget you can go in the dunes and fish beaver huts and weed piles for perch, bluegill and bass all at the same time.” Harbin recommends using beetle spins, senkos and crankbaits. Fishing also has been good at Goose Island.Craig Hill: 253-597-8497 firstname.lastname@example.org @AdventureGuys