Fishery managers on Tuesday reached an agreement in which they will remove the one-chinook restriction on the daily bag limit from all four ocean fishing areas. The daily limit remains two salmon, but beginning Thursday, anglers will be able to bring home two chinook, two coho or one of each.
Ilwaco: The salmon fishing has been very good, with limits being caught just about every day, said Terri Smith of CoHo Charters. The charter boats have been returning by noon on most days.
Tacoma: The salmon fishing has been on the slow side, said a staffer at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Trolling with flashers and hoochies on the morning tide has been the most effective method. Try fishing off the clay banks or Point Dalco.
Westport: The fishing has been fair to good, with some boats catching limits. Some of the problem has been locating the fish, said a staffer at Ocean Charters.
Columbia: Those willing to make the drive will find some decent chinook or sockeye salmon fishing in the upper river below Wells Dam or off the mouth of the Okanogan River. Herring and Super Baits are working for chinook, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. For sockeye, Jones said to try a bare red hook on a U20 Flatfish or a mini squid rig. The fishing in the lower river has been fair.
Cowlitz: The fishing is steadily picking up, said Marshall Borsom of Fish Country. He said anglers are reporting good catches of summer-run steelhead from Blue Creek and downstream. Most boaters are pulling divers with coon-striped shrimp. Some late springers are being caught, but the action is not red hot.
Green: There are reports of cutthroat trout in the low 20 inches being caught from Flaming Geyser State Park to downtown Auburn, said Todd Rock of Auburn Sports and Marine. Try using worms under a float or small spinners or spoons.
Lewis: The summer-run steelhead fishing has been OK. Try using silver or brass spoons, using small steelhead jigs under a float or drifting roe or shrimp, Rock said.
Teanaway: The action was pretty good over the weekend, although the fish are on the small side. Careful casting into pools and deep riffles pay off with rainbows no bigger than 11 inches, said Anil Srivastava of Puget Sound Fly Co. He recommended using a size-14 black ant or size-12 orange stimulator.
Yakima: The trout action has been fair to good in recent days, said a report from The Evening Hatch. More fish are hitting nymphs, such as stoneflies, but the larger fish seem to be hitting the dry fly on a dropper setup. River flows are on the way back up, so look for fishing tight to the bank.
Kapowsin: The bass fishing is improving, especially with a report of a 7-pound largemouth being caught over the weekend, said Harry Erickson of Erickson Boat Rentals. People are using crankbaits and Senko worms. The panfish and trout action is good.
Mayfield: The action for trout is really picking up. Most boat anglers are using Wedding Rings tipped with a worm, Borsom said.
Mineral: The fishing continues to be good, said Mike Gordon of Mineral Lake Resort. Chuck Miller of Tacoma landed a 4.7-pound, 23-inch rainbow trout on chartreuse Power Eggs from the docks. Yellow, lemon-lime and chartreuse Power Eggs continue to be the baits of choice along with worms. If you’re fishing off the bottom, you will need a 3- to 5-foot leader. Trolling continues to produce using pop gear with a little green on it and tipped with a worm.
Riffe: The fishing slowed a bit this weekend for bank anglers. The silvers being caught are not hitting the cocktail shrimp but are going for sand shrimp tail with a nightcrawler. There were good reports from people using the sand shrimp. Boaters are still doing pretty well and have said that pulling Wedding Rings is working.
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