▪ Pinks are showing up in Tacoma waters.
▪ Trout fishing has been slowed by warm water.
▪ Ocean fishing for chinook has been good.
TACOMA: The chinook action has been productive, but 95 percent had to be released, according to the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Fish that were kept ranged from 8 to 10 pounds. The pink salmon catch has been fair to good at Browns Point (be careful where you park), and a bit better at Dash Point and Redondo. Shore anglers report success using pink Buzz Bombs or jigs, said Todd Rock at Auburn Sports and Marine. The South King County Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby will take place Saturday, with weigh-in at 1 p.m. Fishing is allowed in Marine Areas 10, 11 and 13.
NORTH SOUND: There are a lot of pink salmon, a few resident coho and few migrant coho being caught, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. Small white flashers with little pink squids behind them have worked best to catch the pink salmon.
SEKIU: Olson’s Resort reports chinook fishing has picked up in the last week. Starting this weekend, Area 4 will shut down for fishing. But there are 18 days left for chinook fishing at Area 5. There have been reports of 20-plus-pound hatchery fish coming in.
WESTPORT: The chinook fishing has been fair to good, with most boats heading north toward Copalis. Look for fish in water about 150 feet deep, according to the Westport Charter Boat Association. Bad conditions this weekend could be a factor for small boats.
BAKER: Anglers who make the trip north are catching plenty of sockeye salmon. Pink hoochies with shrimp on the hooks have been effective.
SPANAWAY: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House said dock anglers are getting a few fish. Anglers have had their highest catch rate before 11 a.m. Most of the catches have been perch and bass. Herlitzka said there hasn’t been a whole lot of boating traffic because of high temperatures, but that boat anglers were catching some fish. He said worms and marshmallows are the best baits to use.
TANWAX: Rainbow Resort staffers reported trout fishing has been slow. They said perch, bluegill and crappie anglers have been doing OK. They also reported that catfish anglers had success. Many anglers have been having success using worms off the bottom.
PUYALLUP: Big J’s Outdoor Store reported that pink salmon fishing has been pretty good at the river’s mouth. The stretch from the White River to the Carbon River opens Saturday.
COWLITZ: The Barrier Dam Campground Tackle Shop said fishing has been good, including catches of a few spring chinook. There have been a lot of steelhead appearing, and anglers have used a variety of baits, including sand shrimp under a bobber.
YAKIMA: The Evening Hatch reported that anglers have been having the most success from 5 a.m. to noon because of high water temperatures. Anglers say they are catching rainbow and cutthroat trout.
QUILLAYUTE: The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will close the Quillayute River system effective Saturday. This closes the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah and Dickey rivers and all of their tributaries. The Quillayute is closed from the confluence of the Sol Duc and Boagchiel rivers downstream 475 yards to the fluorescent orange paint on the rocks.