Remember, the state is celebrating Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. No license is required to fish in Washington. In addition, anglers do not need a two-pole endorsement, nor a Columbia River salmon and steelhead endorsement. All other state fishing regulations apply. For more information, go to wdfw.wa.gov/fishing.
Anglers are reminded that salmon fishing remains closed in Puget Sound, as well as in some lakes, including Washington and Cushman. Reports indicate it could be at least another week before any salmon fisheries will open.
American: Anglers are catching kokanee and rainbow trout by using a pink Wedding Ring-style lure, tipped with corn and trolled behind a dodger.
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Mineral: The lake was stocked with more than 6,300 rainbow and brown trout this week, and another 12,000 are expected to be planted Saturday. A white marshmallow and worm, fished off the bottom, have been working well, while people trolling are using green Wedding Rings.
Potholes: The best action has been for largemouth bass in the sand dunes. Any number of lures are working, including spinner baits, frog patterns, plastic worms and pop rigs. The walleye fishing has been mixed, with good reports coming from the Crab Creek area. That’s where people are catching rainbow trout, too.
Spanaway: The south end of the lake is the best spot for catching trout. Still fishing has been far more effective than trolling. Use a worm and marshmallow, or anything that will float the worm, on a 2 1/2-foot leader. Some limits are being caught, with some fish weighing 3 pounds. A worm and bobber are working best for perch and rock bass.
Spencer: The trout fishing has been good to very good. People who prefer trolling are using green or pink Wedding Rings tipped with worms. Bank anglers are using worms or garlic-scented Power Bait.
Summit (Thurston): The kokanee action has been fair. Look for fish holding 30 to 60 feet down. Trolling a red Wedding Ring behind a dodger has been effective.
Tanwax: People are bringing in good catches of crappie, as well as some rainbow trout. Water temperatures are fairly high, slowing the trout fishing.
Tapps: Anglers are catching some smallmouth bass. One shore angler reported having success with a green plastic worm bounced along the bottom.
Columbia: After hitting 98,565 on Tuesday, the shad count at Bonneville Dam has dropped. It was 34,020 on Thursday. This week, the summer adult chinook salmon count has been averaging about 2,300 a day.
Snoqualmie: Trout anglers are finding fish in deep pockets of water next to log jams and other obstacles. Try using woolly buggers, lightning bugs, hare’s ear and prince nymphs, and copper Johns.
Yakima: The trout fishing has been good, thanks to the cooler weather. River flows — 2,550 cubic feet per second Friday morning at Untanum — are below normal for this time of year. Effective patterns include golden stoneflies, caddis, drakes and pale morning duns.
South Sound: Ling cod fishing has been improving a little as the tidal changes have lessened. That fishery will be open through Wednesday. Crabbing is open in the waters off Olympia.
Westport: The rockfish action has been better, as charter boats are having to search for ling cod willing to bite.
Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, MarDon Resort, salmonuniversity.com, northwestfishing.com, Creekside Angling, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Verle’s Sports Center.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640