The 16th annual 7-Up Salmon Derby is Saturday from daylight until 1 p.m in Marine Areas 10, 11 and 13. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at tackle stores or at www.pugetsoundanglers.net. Children 14 and younger can participate for free. Proceeds benefit salmon conservation and education, and more than $7,000 in prize money will be given out.
“Take advantage of that,” staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina said. “Fish are around, so there should be good opportunities there.”
Marine Area 11: Salmon fishing in the area has picked up. There’s a mixture of chinook, resident coho, ocean coho, and pink salmon showing up. The largest salmon caught Monday was about 16 pounds. “A fair amount of those come in,” staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina said. “Saw a few limits and whatnot.” The best spots include the clay banks and the Gig Harbor shoreline.
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Marine Area 10: All boat fishing in Marine Area 9 is closed, so many fishermen are switching to Marine Area 10, says Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. “Some of the guys have been doing quite well,” Chamberlain said. “They’re getting some nice chinook in there. There’s a fair number of resident coho that are still being caught.”
Silver: Fishing has been slower because of the high temperatures, says the staff at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort: “There’s still people catching fish, but it’s usually earlier. Trout don’t like 70-degree water. It’s just a lot tougher fishing during the day.” PowerBait off the bottom has worked for the rainbow trout, though fishing remains slow.
American: American Lake has suffered from the high temperatures, says David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse. But there might be a bigger problem than the heat: otters. “There was a guy who caught a pair of rainbow trout, and he had them in a plastic bag on the dock,” Anderson said. “The otter came up on the dock and took the bag and the fish with it.” Although fishing has been slow, some rainbow trout and perch have been caught.
Green: Fishing has been slow, says the staff at Auburn Sports and Marine. Few steelhead have been caught.
Yakima: Many people have found success fishing in the morning or late at night, says the staff at Red’s Fly Shop. Streamers have been working during the day, and dry flies have worked in the night and morning. “The fish are less active when it’s 100 degrees out, so that’s why fishing is the best from about 5-7:30 or 8 in the morning, or from 7:30-10 at night,” the staff at Red’s Fly Shop said.
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