craig.hill@thenewstribune.comJune 11, 2014 


Father’s Day is approaching, which means it’s an ideal weekend for lake fishing. Crews are stocking 20 lakes with 10,000 11/2-pound triploid rainbow trout in time for the Father’s Day weekend. Some South Sound lakes that will be stocked include American, Clear, Hicks and Mason lakes, and Elma’s Vance Creek Pond No. 2.

American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says trolling for kokanee is “good to very good,” but you need to be on the water early. Most anglers are hitting their limit by 7:30 a.m. Perch are starting to bite, and rainbows are abundant.

Spanaway: This lake might not be on the Father’s Day stocking list, “but we still have a lot of fish,” said Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House. A fly-fisherman caught (and released) 26 fish Tuesday. Anglers regularly are hitting their limits on rainbows, and the browns are biting, too. Dock fishing also is improving, Herlitzka said. He recommends dock anglers use bait with a 4-foot leader.

Tanwax: Rainbow RV Resort will host a fishing derby starting at 6 a.m. Saturday. For the occasion, 150 3- to 8-pound rainbow trout will be released. Until then, the fishing is on the slow side, but most anglers are getting limits if they put in their time. Boat anglers are doing better than dock anglers.

Mineral: The pressure has been light despite good weather. Anglers are doing well with PowerBait, according to the Mineral Lake Resort staff. Trollers also are doing well using pop gear.

Offut: Rainbows are biting.

Stevens: Kokanee fishing has been good here in recent days.

Tapps: Tiger muskie fishing looks good, according to a report on

Seep Lakes: Trout fishing has been good in these Eastern Washington lakes. At last report, MarDon Resort recommended fishing Corral, Warden, Canal, Heart, Windmill or Hampton lakes. Spinners seem to be doing the trick below O’Sullivan Dam; otherwise, use PowerBait.


South Sound: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina says fishing in the area is hit and miss, but those putting in time are catching fish. Those having luck are finding it in locations such as Point Evans, the Gig Harbor shorelines, Point Gibson and Dalco. Lingcod fishing remains slow, and the season ends Sunday.

North Sound: Anglers are catching king salmon off the Edmonds Pier.

Westport: Westport Charters says the fishing is pretty slow but could pick up a bit this weekend, when fishing restrictions switch from two hatchery kings to either one king and one silver, or two silvers. But the staff at Westport Charters says the action should really pick up by the end of June.


Columbia: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife projects a return of 67,000 chinook this summer, which would be the seventh-highest return since 1980 and 107 percent of average over the past decade. More than 333,000 sockeye are expected to return to the mouth of the Columbia this year.

Walleye fishing continues to be good in The Dalles Pool, with a recent WDFW report showing boat anglers averaging almost three fish per rod. Boat and bank anglers also are catching bass. At the John Day Pool, the average is two walleye and five bass per rod.

Shad fishing is at its peak, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.

Cowlitz: Anglers are catching adult and jack spring chinook between the hatcheries. Starting Monday, anglers can fish the south of the river from Mill Creek to the posted markers below the barrier dam. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 118 spring-chinook adults, 65 jacks, 45 summer-run steelhead and seven winter-run steelhead at the Cowlitz Hatchery separator.

Kalama: The action is slow.

Lewis: Anglers are catching steelhead near the salmon hatchery.

Skykomish: Chamberlain called last week’s steelhead opener “probably the best I’ve ever seen.” But the action has slowed down quite a bit. Now he describes the fishing on the Skykomish “as more realistic but still good.”

Craig Hill: 253-597-8497 @AdventureGuys

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