There are reports of some good fishing in the region, including the North Sound for chinook, the Cowlitz for steelhead and Ward Lake for kokanee.
Fly-fishing: Beach fishing has been improving with the weather. There are a lot of juvenile cutthroat out there, which is hopefully evidence of a strong cutthroat spawn survival this year, said Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. He said anglers also are seeing more resident coho, and some of them are pretty good size.
North Sound: Marine areas 9 and 10 opened last week, with the better chinook fishing in Area 9, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center. Most of the fish are weighing 7 to 15 pounds. Possession Point, Scatchet Head, Point Townsend and Point No Point are good places to start. No one method is working better than the others. The fishing should improve through early August, he said.
Tacoma: The action has picked up a bit but is still on the slow side, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Fish that were caught Monday were good quality, weighing between 12 and 25 pounds, there just weren’t a lot of them.
Columbia: There were plenty of people on the river, although the fishing was better earlier last week. It should improve again later this week when some strong tides return. Sturgeon has been best in the lower river near Deep River and Knappton.
Cowlitz: The fishing is showing some signs of improvement. From Blue Creek on down past Mission, the boaters have done very well for steelhead pulling divers with coon-striped shrimp, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. A recent creel check by the state showed 48 anglers kept 45 fish. The bank anglers at barrier dam are picking up a few also, some using spoons and/or sand shrimp.
North Sound: A few steelhead are being caught in the upper Skykomish, in the Gold Bar and Reiter Ponds areas.
Olympic Coast: There seems to be a lot of fish around, but you want to be out there very early because water levels are low and clear. Try the Calawah for steelhead, and Sol Duc for sockeye, said Bob Gooding at Olympic Sporting Goods. Bobbers and jigs are the best method for these conditions.
Yakima: The fishing has been very good in the last few days, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop. Start with stonefly nymphs when the sun is out and dries such as hoppers when the clouds dominate.
Jackson: This Key Peninsula lake has been producing some bass, crappie and bluegill. Other warmwater spots in the area have been productive as well, such as Crescent, Horseshoe and Panther lakes, Merwin said.
Mayfield: The lake has been producing good numbers of trout for the boaters pulling the pop gear with Wedding Rings tipped with worm or corn. The bank anglers fishing with power bait and worms off the bottom are also doing well. The tiger muskies just are not wanting to bite just yet. There were a couple follows this weekend but none caught. The water might be too cold yet for them, Borsom said.
Ohop: The action for largemouth bass has been pretty good in recent days. An online report indicated some of the fish being caught are weighing 4 to 5 pounds.
Riffe: The action has slowed from a few weeks ago, but they are still catching landlocked coho at the dam end and the fishing bridge, it’s just taking a little longer to get those limits. Cocktail shrimp and worms are the best baits, or try throwing some Kastmasters or Super Dupers.
Ward (Thurston): This lake has been producing some good catches of kokanee. Try trolling with flashers 20 to 25 feet deep before the sun gets too high, said the report on Washingtonlakes.com.
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