Sport anglers will be able to fish the lower Puyallup River beginning Friday. The river from the 11th Street Bridge upstream to the City of Puyallup outfall structure across the river from the junction of Freeman Road and North Levee Road, will be open through Aug. 31. The river also will be open Sept. 3-7, 11-14, 18-21 and 26-28.
Nisqually: The salmon fishing has been slow to start the week. People are seeing fish rolling, but they can’t get the fish to bite.
Puyallup: The pink salmon fishing is improving from week to week, but still seems like it has not reached its peak. Also, few hatchery chinook are being caught. Pink, orange or red corkies and yarn have been a popular setup, but people also having success with jigs.
Skokomish: The fishing has been very slow so far this week.
Yakima: The trout fishing has been very good in the last few days. Grasshopper patterns have been the most effective during these hot days. To increase the number of hookups, use a loop knot on a longer leader, giving the fly a more natural motion on the surface. Also try other terrestrial patterns like flying ants or bees.
Fly fishing: The fishing has been good, even though the pink salmon seem slow in arriving. Try using flies like pink over white Clousers, Humpy Dinks and Squid Kids in sizes 4-6.
South Sound: Sharon Pendergast won the salmon derby (and the women’s division) held Saturday by the Gig Harbor chapter of Puget Sound Anglers with a 19.07-pound chinook. In second place was Herb Wottlin with an 18.37-pound salmon and in third was Bart Mahugh with a 17.65-pound fish. Jaeger Maxfield caught a 17.11-pound salmon, good for fourth place overall, first in the youth boys division and his total helped win the team division. Molly Ng won the girls division with a 14.03-pound fish. Fishing the Gig Harbor area with a green Pro-Troll flasher with a green whole herring tied 40 inches behind the flasher has been productive.
Strait of Juan de Fuca: The salmon fishing has been good, with people averaging about a salmon per person. The vast majority of the catch is pink salmon, according to creel samples at Sekiu and Port Angeles.
Westport: The action picked up over the weekend, with charter boat clients averaging about a fish per person Sunday. Most of the catch the last few days has been coho. Boats are heading out 12-14 miles.
American: The perch action has been fair to good. Also, an angler reported landing a smallmouth bass that topped 7 pounds. Another angler called to urge people who use the state boat launch to help keep the area clean. He said the area around the restrooms was covered in trash.
Banks: The smallmouth fishing has been fair to good. Look for the fish holding amid the rocks around bridges and points. Try using plastic worms in a green-pumpkin combination or a brown shad imitation.
Black: The trout action has been fairly good, but the algae blooms are starting to develop. Most people are using worms and Power Bait fished 3-4 feet off the bottom or about 4 feet under a bobber.
St. Clair: The trout fishing has been fair, with the fish going for worms and Power Bait combos. The panfish action has been very good.
Tanwax: People are catching a mix of largemouth bass, crappie and yellow perch. The bass were hitting a white spinnerbait, while the perch preferred a small green Senko worm.Contributors: John A Keizer of saltpatrol.com, gamefishin.com, Jeff Zuniga of Puget Sound Anglers Gig Harbor Chapter, washingtonlakes.com, Westport Charter Boat Association, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Salmon Shores Resort, Gig Harbor Fly Shop and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 email@example.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors