Puyallup: The river continues to get good to very good. People are still catching lots of pink salmon but also a larger number of coho in recent days. Orange corkies seem to be working well. The river level has dropped in the past few days to typical levels for this time of year.
Satsop: Chinook are moving into the river in good numbers, and the fishing is improving. Try using spinners or eggs under a float. The story is similar on the Humptulips.
Skokomish: Coho action has been fair to good, for those who are patient. Eggs and corkies are working better than spinners right now.
Snohomish: While chinook fishing seems to be slowing, the coho action is good and getting better. Try casting Dick Nite spoons and Vibrax spinners into soft water.
Yakima: Water temperatures have come down significantly, which should improve the action. Trout are hitting dry flies such as caddis and grasshoppers and nymphs such as summer stoneflies.
CLAMS: The first razor clam dig of the season continues at Twin Harbors. The low tide times are: Saturday, 8:39 p.m., minus-0.5 feet; Sunday, 9:21 p.m., minus-0.3 feet; and Monday, 10:04 p.m., 0 feet. Best digging is one-two hours before low tide.
Fly-fishing: Action on the beach has been decent, with people catching some sea-run cutthroat trout in the Purdy and some coho in the Tacoma Narrows. Try baitfish patterns in pink and chartreuse.
South Sound: More and more coho are coming into the area each day, but you have to move around to find them. They are not holding in the same spots day to day. Fishing for pinks has slowed.
Westport: Salmon fishing dropped off a bit last week, with anglers averaging 1.23 fish per person after a per-person average of around 1.30 the previous three weeks. The vast majority of fish being caught are coho. The season closes Sept. 30.
American: Bass anglers are catching some nice smallmouths, some of them weighing more than 3 pounds. Small plastic swimbaits are effective, fished in water 25-30 feet deep.
Mayfield: Trout fishing has been fair, with people catching a few rainbows here and there. Try trolling a worm-tipped Wedding Ring, or casting small spinners.
Mineral: While few people have been fishing the lake, they are still catching some trout. Brown trout seem to prefer white Power Eggs and worms, while the rainbows are hitting worms and PowerBait. The lake closes Sept. 30.
Potholes: Perch fishing remains excellent. Look for schools in 10 feet of water, then use a crappie jig tipped with a maggot. Potholes State Park and the east end of O’Sullivan Dam have been producing rainbow trout up to 6 pounds. Walleye are being caught on the rock piles off Goose Island and on the face of the sand dunes in 5-20 feet of water. Bass fishing is very good.
Silver: Bass fishing has been very good to excellent, with some fish topping 5 pounds. There also are plenty of smaller fish to be caught. Try using worms or surface lures amid the lily pads. Crappie fishing has been good at evening.
Spanaway: Fishing has slowed a bit, but people are still catching limits if they are willing to spend some time at it. Fly anglers are catching brown trout up to 22 inches long. The trout are forming schools, making it harder for people trolling to find the fish. People who are still-fishing are using worm and marshmallow or PowerBait.Contributors: Rob Harbin of MarDon Resort, Red’s Fly Shop, The Evening Hatch, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tom Pollack at Sportco, steelheaduniversity.com, gamefishin.com, washingtonlakes.com, Todd Daniels of Tall Tails Guide Service, salmonuniversity.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse, Bill Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort, Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org thenewstribune.com/outdoors