NORTH SOUND: Fishing for chinook is closed in Marine Area 9. Area 11 remains open, but it’s thin. Some anglers at Fort Casey met limits. Areas 81 and 82 will open for salmon on Saturday. Crabbing has been good in those areas.
WESTPORT: Solid chinook fishing. The best location for anglers is about 300 feet off the casino at depths of 50 feet to 200, according to the Westport Charters report.
SOUTH SOUND: Most catches have been coming in from Point Defiance. A few silvers have been coming in, but pinks still have not shown up in any numbers. Starting to get a few here and there. Most have been in the 22- to 29-pound range.
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SOUTH COAST: Fishing has been solid. Getting limits in salmon fishing. Also getting limits in bottom fishing, which has been strong. Tuna trips have been successful, too.
WENATCHEE: Open for sockeye fishing, effective Thursday, one hour before sunrise. Daily limit per angler is four sockeye, with a minimum size of 12 inches. At least 30,000 sockeye are projected to enter the system, 7,000 over the natural spawning escapement goal.
AMERICAN: Slow everywhere — off the dock and boats alike. David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse attributes it to the warm water temperatures. Few perch, rock bass and trout are being caught. Good for kids though. Smaller fish can be caught and will swim around in a bucket.
SPANAWAY: Starting to get some nice fish near the dock again. Powerbait, or a worm and marshmallow combination. Boaters are saying it’s a little slower for them. The southeast side is good, near the springs. Recommendation is a two-foot leader with a worm-marshmallow combo.
BAKER: Sockeye fishing is pretty good. About 18,000 fish are in the lake. Consistent catches.
GREEN: After severe drops in water flow, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will release about 107,000 fall chinook from the Icy Creek Hatchery, which is part of the Green River drainage. The flow is down about 50 percent, the fish agency says.
PUYALLUP: Fishing on the lower Puyallup will open Saturday.
SKAGIT: Not open for sockeye.
SKYKOMISH: Closed except for a small section that remains open through the Big Eddy access up to the forks.
SNOHOMISH: Opens on Saturday up to the Highway 9 bridge. On Aug. 16 will open from Highway 9 bridge upstream to Skykomish/Snoqualmie. Won’t be “hot and heavy” until mid-August.