- Pink salmon are showing up in the South Sound.
- Crabbing is fair with some people catching their limit.
- Morton Lake near Kent was recently stocked with 1,500 trout.
SOUTH SOUND: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports that pink salmon are starting to be caught in areas such as Redondo Beach and Dash Point. The action is expected to increase throughout the summer. Fishing for kings has been slow, but anglers are occasionally landing large fish. Crabbing is fair, with some people catching their limit.
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WESTPORT: The Westport Charterboat Association reports that fishing has been good and “coho are starting to show some size.”
AMERICAN: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says anglers are catching fish off the dock with green and yellow bait. Trolling and bobbers aren’t working well.
HARTS: A good option if you want to try landing catfish.
MERWIN: Reports indicate that kokanee are biting.
MORTON: This lake near Kent was stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout ahead of schedule because of drought conditions, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week. Typically the lake would be stocked in October, but reduced water flows make it unlikely that water levels at the Soos Creek Hatchery would have supported the fish until fall.
“While this is unfortunate for fall fishing, we’re glad anglers will have a chance this summer to catch some nice trout,” Justin Spinelli, a fish agency biologist, said in a prepared statement.
OFFUT: Start early for the best chance at success.
SPANAWAY: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House said this week that still-fishing is producing the best results.
CHELAN: Trolling near the bar early in the morning or at the mouth of Manson Bay later in the day are the best ways to find success, says Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Guide Service.
POTHOLES: Bass and walleye fishing has been as hot as the weather on the reservoir. MarDon Resort recommends an early start or waiting until late afternoon. It says that catching and releasing 30 fish in a day is not uncommon right now.
Department of Fish and Wildlife officials recommend that anglers limit their fishing to morning hours to reduce stress on fish. Anglers are encouraged to land fish quickly and promptly return fish that are to be released. The public is asked to report sightings of stranded fish and other wildlife distressed by the drought.
COLUMBIA: Boat anglers averaged five bass per rod in the Bonneville Pool last week. Sturgeon fishing has been light. The Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday that “in general, catch rates are starting to pick up in the cooler water near the mouths of some tributaries, but are declining most everywhere else.”
COWLITZ: Karen Glaser of the Barrier Dam Campground Tackle Shop in Salkum says that fishing is good on the river, with anglers using a wide variety of techniques and bait.
SKAGIT: Reports indicate that the fishing is slow.
YAKIMA: The Evening Hatch reports that some boats are coming back with 30 fish. Get on the river early though, the catch drops when the temperatures climb.