The fishing has slowed a bit because of the weather, but even the forecast is improving. Lake anglers should expect to find trout in deeper water than normal.
Ocean salmon anglers are reminded they can now keep two chinook as part of their daily limit. The change took effect Thursday.
Cedar: Anglers are hooking some big trout, said David Ditrich at Puget Sound Fly Co. Try using stonefly nymphs in sizes 6 and 8.
Naches: The dry fly fishing has been excellent, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop. Anglers are catching cutthroat trout measuring 10-14 inches with some nearing 18 inches.
Wynoochee: The fishing has been really slow, with reports of just a few fish being caught.
Yakima: The best dry fly action has been during the last two hours of daylight when the rainbows key in on the caddis flies. That’s also a good way to avoid fishing during the heat of the day.
Ilwaco: A state report showed anglers last week averaged 1.34 salmon per rod. Of the fish caught, 91 percent were coho. Through July 4, an estimated 5.2 percent of the coho quota and 1.3 percent of the chinook guideline had been taken.
North Coast: Anglers off La Push averaged .61 fish per rod, with the majority being coho. At Neah Bay, the catch was more evenly split as anglers averaged .58 fish per rod.
Port Angeles: The recreational spot shrimp fishing is closing in Marine Area 6 at 9 p.m. Sunday. The state is closing the season because the recreational spot shrimp quota in this area will be reached. The area will remain open until Oct. 15 for non-spot shrimp.
Tacoma: After improving last week, the salmon fishing seems to have tailed off a bit. Anglers are catching mostly chinook, including one caught Thursday that weighed 26 pounds, nine ounces. The clay banks and Point Dalco seem to be the most productive areas, said Art Tachell at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina.
Westport: Multiple online reports indicate the fish are in water about 250 feet deep. Last week, anglers averaged .87 salmon per rod, said the state report. So far, 1.2 percent of the chinook guideline and .8 percent of the coho quota have been caught.
American: The fishing has been slow, but is showing some signs of improving, said Mike Barr at Bill’s Boathouse. Anglers Friday were catching a mix of trout, smallmouth bass and perch.
Cady: The lake has been fishing well but that might taper off with this hot weather.
Coldwater: The dry fly action has been fair to good.
Harts: Fishing has been fair, said Carol Parsons at Harts Lake Resort. She said a 16-pound catfish was caught recently, as well as some crappie.
Leech: There has been plenty of people hitting this lake at White Pass. Use chironomid patterns on a nine-foot tapered 3x leader off a floating line, Ditrich said.
Mason County: Pulling flies such as Carey specials and woolly buggers in dark colors, Power Bait and worms or spinners and spoons all seem to be working for trout.
Offut: Early morning and evening have been the best times to fish. Use worms and Power Bait fished on a short leader because the fish are holding deeper, said Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort.