• Crab fishing starts Thursday in Marine Area 11.
• The south end of Spanaway Lake is producing fish.
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• Anglers are having success near Westport.
SOUTH SOUND: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reported fishing has been spotty with no catches (but few anglers trying) over the weekend. Flasher and spoon and flasher and hoochie are doing OK. Dogfish are interfering with mooching. Crab fishing opens Thursday in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island).
WESTPORT: John Keizer of Salt Patrol fished Westport over the weekend and said he “had no trouble limiting on kings and coho. Kings were in the 15- to 20-pound range and coho 7- to 8-pounds, which is good for this early in the season.” He saw another angler catch a 30-pound king. Keizer said most of the action was west of the Grays Harbor buoy, 7 miles south of the harbor at a depth of 170-180 feet. “All our fish came on whole herring behind a Fish Flash,” Keizer said via email. “Some guys were doing well with Silver Horde Tailwagger spoons, too.”
COLUMBIA: Walleye have been biting in the Camas/Washougal area, according to state Department of Fish and Wildlife reports. Anglers are averaging a walleye per rod in The Dalles Pool. In the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers released an average of six bass per rod last week. Shad fishing below Bonneville Dam has been slow despite high fish counts. Sturgeon anglers are averaging a catch and release fish per rod. Sturgeon retention is scheduled to be allowed Friday-Sunday, pending a hearing Tuesday afternoon. Bank anglers are catching summer chinook in The Dalles Pool.
COWLITZ: Pressure has been light. The state report said a sampling of five bank anglers last week showed no catches. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 407 spring Chinook salmon, 82 jacks, 43 maxi-jacks and 168 summer steelhead.
CISPUS: Tacoma Power last week released 300 spring Chinook and 73 jacks above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.
CLEAR: Rainbow trout fishing has been good in this Thurston County lake.
MINERAL: This Lewis County lake was stocked with 6,250 brown trout last week.
RIFFE: Last week, Tacoma Power released 53 spring Chinook mini-jacks at Mossyrock Park.
SPANAWAY: A fly fisherman did well catching brown trout near the shoreline in the southwest corner of the lake, said Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House. Another angler limited on rainbows using a 6-foot leader at the south end of the lake. People are catching fish off the dock, too.
GREEN: This King County lake is less than two weeks removed from being stocked with 3,500 rainbow trout.
CHELAN: The temperatures aren’t the only thing that’s hot in Eastern Washington. So is trolling for lake trout near the bar in the morning and the face of Manson Bay in the evenings, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service.