Anglers will be able to fish a lot more waters, or have the chance to keep more fish beginning Monday. Check the regulations for all the changes.
Also on Monday, the waters off of Westport will be open to salmon fishing seven days a week. And off La Push and Neah Bay anglers will be able to keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit.
Buoy 10: Will be open for chinook and hatchery coho Monday through Aug. 28. Anglers will have a two-salmonid daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. From Aug. 29 through Dec. 31, anglers will have a daily limit of two hatchery coho or hatchery steelhead or one of each, but must release chinook.
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Cowlitz: Steelhead fishing has been best around Blue Creek. Because the hatchery coho return this fall is expected to be well above goals, anglers beginning Monday will be able keep up to six hatchery adult coho as part of their salmon daily limit on the lower river. The change covers the stretch from the boundary markers at the mouth to 400 feet below Mayfield Dam Powerhouse.
Nisqually: While the salmon fishing has been slow, anglers are reporting some good catches of cutthroat trout.
Skykomish: The steelhead fishing in the Reiter Pond has been slow in recent days.
Wenatchee: Starting Monday, anglers will be able to fish for and keep hatchery adult and jack summer chinook salmon. From Monday through Oct. 15, anglers can fish from the confluence with the Columbia River to 400 feet below Dryden Dam. The daily limit is two adipose fin-clipped summer chinook (adult or jack).
Yakima: The nymph fishing has been best, but dry fly fishing with stonefly patterns has been good at dusk. With river flows up, it seems to have made the large fish more active, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop.
Ilwaco: The fishing dropped off a bit last week, with anglers averaging a little less than a fish per person. Almost 90 percent of the fish caught were coho.
North Coast: Salmon anglers continue to fare well, averaging 1.22 fish per person out of La Push and 1.43 fish a person out of Neah Bay. Those are the best averages of the season.
North Sound: Fishing off the western beaches of Whidbey Island have produced a mix of resident coho, pinks and an occasional chinook. This weekend there should be a good number of pinks hitting the beaches, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center. The chinook fishing has been good off the southeast side of Jefferson Head. Look for the fish in 90-180 feet of water.
Tacoma: The chinook fishing has been fair to good this week, said a staffer at Point Defiance Boathouse. Look for fish off Point Dalco. There are multiple reports of people catching pinks off Redondo, Dash Point and Brown’s Point, as well as along Ruston Way.
Westport: Fishermen averaged just over a fish per person. The catch was evenly split between chinook and coho.
Baker: Most anglers are catching their limits of sockeye. Chamberlain said to look for the schools in the middle of the lake in the area near Noisy Creek. Trolling a silver or chrome dodger, with a pink squid and red hooks has been an effective set up.
Kapowsin: Fishing for perch and bluegills has been very good this week, now that the water has warmed up. Try using worms or maggots, said Harry Erickson at Erickson Boat Rentals. Some bass up to six pounds have been caught, using spinners or plastic baits.
Potholes: Trolling with plugs and worm harnesses are producing some large walleyes. The largemouth bass are very active and are hitting top-water baits, said Mike Meseberg of MarDon Resort.
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