Ilwaco: The action remains fair to good. Look for schools off Long Beach in water 30-50 feet deep. Salmon catches last week were almost identical to the week before, with anglers averaging just over a salmon per rod. Through Sunday, an estimated 37.3 percent of the coho quota and 56 percent of the chinook guideline had been taken.
South Sound: The chinook action has been fair to good, especially along the Gig Harbor shoreline. The fishing for pink salmon continues to improve along the shoreline from Dash Point to the Puyallup River. The fish are in shallow water, so use a smaller jig or Buzz Bomb. Near Olympia, the Fish Trap area has been a good spot, as well as Johnson Point, Anderson Island and the green can off the mouth of the Nisqually River.
Westport: The fishing has been fair to good. Some people are bringing home two-fish limits, but others are not. Most of the catch has been coho this week. The tuna fishing has been very good.
American: The perch fishing has been good, with anglers catching fish averaging about 12 inches. One angler has success using a small green plastic worm, while others are using perch meat.
Mineral: The trout action has been picking up. Rainbow-colored Power Bait is producing rainbows, including one that measured 51/2 pounds. Still fishing from a boat has been best.
Offut: The trout action has rebounded, thanks to the cooler temperatures and rain. Trolling Wedding Rings or plunking dough baits have been the best methods. The perch fishing has been good for perch measuring 10-14 inches long. Bass anglers are catching a good number of fish as well.
Potholes: Lots of rainbow trout measuring more than 20 inches long are being caught from Medicare Beach and at the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway. The perch fishing is excellent.
Silver: The crappie, perch, catfish and bass all are biting pretty well. The trout fishing is still on the slow side. A caution to anglers, there will be hydroplane races Aug. 23-25.
Wenatchee: The sockeye fishery will close Sunday, one hour after official sunset. The state estimates that sockeye available for harvest will have been caught by the end of Sunday.
Columbia: Summer steelhead angling is fair to good in the lower river. The chinook fishing is good at Buoy 10, but the coho action has been slow. Chinook catches in the mainstem below Bonneville should improve over the next two weeks. Sturgeon fishing from the Longview to Kalama area has been good.
Cowlitz: Bank anglers at the barrier dam are still catching mini-jack spring chinook while anglers near the trout hatchery are catching some steelhead.
Nisqually: Reports indicate the chinook action is finally picking up. Can’t say that it is red hot, but there are reports of people consistently netting a fish each outing.
Puyallup: The pink salmon action has picked up with people putting multiple fish on their stringers. Corkies and yarn have been the most effective rig. The lower river opened Friday and will be open through Aug. 31.
Skokomish: The river is full of fish, and lots and lots of fishermen. Black or purple corkies and yarn, with black hooks, have been effective. Some people also are using eggs.
SOL DUC: The river will reopen to fishing for all species at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. The stretch from the Sol Duc Hatchery outfall creek upstream to the concrete pump station will reopen because the hatchery has collected the needed spring/summer chinook broodstock.
Yakima: The river level is slowly dropping, and the dry fly action is picking up. Grasshopper and terrestrial patterns remain the best options.Contributors: Mike Meseberg of MarDon Resort, Westport Charter Boat Association, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Tom Pollack at Sportco, salmonuniversity.com, Zittel’s Marina, gamefishin.com, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, washingtonlakes.com, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center, Amy Kenney at Silver Lake Resort, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 email@example.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors