• Hood Canal crab fishing is set to open two weeks early.
• Salmon fishing has been slow on the South Sound.
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• Sockeye fishing opens on the Skagit on June 16.
CRABBING: The Hood Canal recreational crab fishing season opens June 15, two weeks ahead of schedule, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday. The decision was made after testing in the area showed that crab are in hard-shell condition, Rich Childers, shellfish policy director, said in a prepared statement.
Crabbing will be allowed Thursdays through Mondays. The crab fishing season is scheduled to remain open through Sept. 7.
Several other areas of Puget Sound are scheduled to open for crabbing on July 2.
Marine Area 13 (south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridges) is already open but action has been slow, according to the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina.
SOUTH SOUND: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing in the area has slowed in recent days. The waters near Point Evans, the clay banks, Point Dalco and the Girl Scout camp are producing some fish. Trolling, mooching, and jigging seem to have similar results.
WESTPORT: Fishing for rockfish and lingcod was good over the weekend, according to the Westport Charterboat Association.
CLEAR: A report posted on washingtonlakes.com indicates fishing is good.
SPANAWAY: The action has been slow, according to Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Lake Boathouse. He says this is probably due to an abundance of natural feed in the lake and surface activity. If you want to try, he suggests trolling with a Wedding Ring and worm and wrapping up before noon, when human activity on the lake starts picking up.
TANWAX: The staff at Rainbow Resort says fishing is best in the morning and evening with white, green and pink dough baits working best.
EASTERN WASHINGTON: Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service says trout fishing is hot in Omak Lake while trolling for lake trout “seems to be in transition” on Lake Chelan. On Omak, where the Mission Bay launch opened June 1, Jones says “the fish are coming off the spawn and biting like crazy.” On Chelan, he says, the fishing can still be productive if you keep moving. Multiple reports indicate fishing is good at the Potholes Reservoir.
COLUMBIA: The WDFW reports walleye fishing was fair in the John Day Pool last week.
COWLITZ: Tacoma Power last week recovered six winter-run steelhead, 967 spring chinook, 251 jacks and 66 summer steelhead. The fish are coming off the spawn, which has increased the bite, according to its weekly report.
CISPUS: Last week Tacoma Power released 798 spring chinook, 215 jacks and one winter steelhead above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.
SKAGIT: The river, from the state Route 536 bridge in Mount Vernon to the mouth of Gilligan Creek, will be open June 16-July 15 for sockeye salmon fishing. The daily limit will be three sockeye. The Baker Lake sockeye salmon fishery is expected to open July 10.