Fishing

Loads of fish are biting in both fresh and salt water

OVERVIEW

Saturday's opening of additional Western Washington rivers to salmon fishing, plus increased numbers of spawning fish, has produced some decent river fishing the past few days.

Fishing has been good in the Carbon and Puyallup rivers for coho, chinook and pinks. Fishing also has been good in the lower Cowlitz for coho, and coho are starting to make an appearance in the Lewis.

Fishing has improved for steelhead and chinook in the Kalama, and a good mixture of fish are being caught in Olympic Peninsula rivers. Salmon fishing has been fair in the lower Columbia.

Decent catches of salmon are being had in waters around Tacoma and are not too bad in the South Sound. Fishing in Hood Canal has been just good enough to keep anglers interested.

Licensed sports crabbers must submit the new summer catch reports to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife by September 15 whether or not they fished or were successful in catching Dungeness crab.

The best catches of legal sturgeon has been in the Gorge. Pikeminnow fishing has been good throughout the Columbia and walleye fishing has been good in the Troutdale area. Lake fishing has been fair to good in local waters.

Rivers

COWLITZ: Anglers drifting baits or corkies/yarn at barrier dam have been catching some steelhead, Karen Glazer of Barrier Dam Campground said. Best bite has been during early morning and late afternoon hours.

The afternoon has been sporadic depending on the sunlight penetration on the water.

Fall chinook are starting to show at barrier dam. Jarrod Ligh of 4 Corners Store in Castle Rock said good numbers of coho are being caught at the mouth of the river, but chinook and steelhead catches have dropped off.

Coho have been hitting chartreuse, bright pink and green spinners. Coho also are being caught at the mouth of the Toutle, and a small number of chinook have moved into the upper Toutle. There have also been reports of chinook in the Green.

LEWIS: Coho are starting to move into the river and biting early in the morning, Elaine Byrnes of Angler's Workshop said. The fishing have been hitting eggs.

SKOKOMISH: It continues to fish well. Not a lot of big chinook are being caught. Most of the catch has been jacks, Walt Harvey of Verles Sports in Shelton said. Black and purple corkies and yarn have been the bait of choice.

QUILCENE: It has been fair to good for coho. Spinners, corkies and a variety of colored yarn are being used.

PUYALLUP: Fishing for chinook has been very good at the lower end of the river, but it is crowded with fishermen.

NISQUALLY: Fishing has been mostly slow, but during periods of incoming tide changes, fishing does improve. Catches of chinook for some anglers have been good at times at the mouth. Corkies and yarn seem to be the bait of choice, but eggs also are being used. Access above the railroad trestle has been restricted due to maintenance on the bridge.

CARBON: Fishing has been very good with mostly pinks being caught. Anything pink is working. Angler pressure has been heavy.

KALAMA: Fishing has picked up throughout the river and prospects for a good chinook run are looking good, an employee of Mahaffey's Outfitting Store said. Chinook are being caught below the trap and steelhead in the canyon. A lot of eggs are being used.

OLYMPIC PENINSULA: Fishing has been pretty good for coho, steelhead and chinook in the Hoh, Bob Gooding of Olympic Sporting Goods in Forks said. The Bogachiel is producing steelhead and sea-run cutthroat. The Calawah is producing a mixture of fish. The rivers are in good shape, but angler activity has been relatively light.

WIND: Boat anglers are catching fall chinook and coho. Early morning has been reported best for chinook. Large numbers of unmarked coho (which have to be released) have been reported.

DRANO LAKE: Boat anglers are catching fall chinook and steelhead.

WASHOUGAL: Fall chinook are in the river.

KLICKITAT: No fish were observed from the few anglers sampled.

WHITE SALMON: Anglers have been catching chinook, coho and steelhead. Early morning has been reported best for chinook.

LOWER COLUMBIA: Overall boat anglers averaged a chinook kept per 6.1 rods, while bank anglers averaged one per 13.5 rods. Catch rates for boat anglers are lower than the same time last year.

Angler effort continues to be higher than last year.

BONNEVILLE POOL: Boat anglers are catching some chinook and steelhead. About a dozen boats have been counted every day at the mouths of Drano Lake and White Salmon River.

HANFORD REACH: Last week's angler activity still was on the slow side. Fish passage over McNary Dam total are 5,105 adult and 984 jack fall chinook through Aug. 31.

SALTWATER

Fishing hasn't been too bad the past few days. Matt Calbaugh of Point Defiance Boathouse and Marina said the fish are holding at depths of 30 to 90 feet.

Fish are being caught in front of the boathouse, Shoreline and Gig Harbor with tide changes being the best bite periods. Flashers and Hoochees, plugs and herring are being used. Humpies are bunching up in front of the Puyallup, but with the rain, they will probably start moving into the river.

In South Sound, chinook are being caught around the Green Can Buoy and Johnson Point. Fish also are being caught at the mouth of Chambers Creek. Boat anglers have reported fair numbers of pinks in the creek itself.

Fishing has been fair in Hood Canal. A few more coho have been caught in the Ayock, Bald Point and Lilliwaup areas and a few coho and chinook have been caught in front of the Hoodsport Hatchery. Coyote spoons continue to produce good results.

At Sekiu, catches of coho have been very good. Donnalynn Olson of Olson's Resort said there have not been many pinks caught the last few days.

Anglers have been fishing in the Slip Point area using baits and Coyote Spoons with the bite good all day. The fish have been schooling at depths of 30 to 90 feet.

Bottom fishing continues to be very good.

WESTPORT: Salmon fishing was fair last week, but has been very slow lately, Dennis Moss of Anglers Charters said. Bottom fishing is still good.

STURGEON

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports sturgeon fishing was best in the Gorge where boat anglers averaged 1 legal sturgeon per two boats. Catch rates in the remainder of the river continue to be fair. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel reported bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam averaged a legal sturgeon kept per 6.3 rods. Boat anglers near Vancouver and Longview have also been catching some legals.

LAKES

MAYFIELD LAKE bank anglers are catching trout by the hatchery and off the shore at the Ike Kinswa State Park. Most are using baits or small spinners. Boat anglers are trolling deeper with small trolls and bait around the park, trout hatchery and in the Tilton Arm.

Tiger muskies are still very active. Fish for them as you would for bass along the shoreline, weed beds and structures. Don't forget to use steel leaders.

SWOFFORD POND anglers are fishing with bait for trout, bass and bluegills. Most bank anglers are fishing near the bottom with added Power Baits and marshmallows to help keep the bait above the weeds. Some trout are being caught from shore, but most are being caught by trolling. Catfish should be starting to bite in the evening hours around the spillway and boat launch areas.

At RIFFE LAKE, the Taidnapam boat launch is still closed, but all others are open, Frank Abbruzzese of Fish Country said. Coho are being taken by boat anglers near the Islands and boom line in front of the Mossyrock Dam. The fish have been holding at 30 to 50 feet.

The few boat anglers fishing at the east end of the lake are catching coho and smallmouth bass in the coves around the Kosmos boat launch and the shoreline area across from the new boat launch.

MINERAL LAKE anglers have had another good week, Linda Gordon of Mineral Lake Resort said. Anglers are still catching some nice size trout and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery personnel continue to release trout into the lake. Last week, 810 two-pound and larger rainbows and hundreds of fingerlings were released into the lake.

Both boat and bank anglers have been catching nice limits using Power Eggs, marshmallows and worms. Boat anglers are having best success trolling Wedding Ring/worm combinations. The lake closes to fishing September 30.

OFFUT: Fishing has been sporadic. Some nice trout are being caught off the fishing dock by anglers using a variety of baits.

Combinations of worms and marshmallows (scented) have been producing good results also. Bass and perch have been biting well.

SPANAWAY: Rainbows up to two pounds have been jumping in front of the boathouse and immediate area. A fair number are being caught on chartreuse Wedding Ring/worm combinations. The fish have also been hitting nightcrawlers.

Still-fishing at the south end of the lake has been good. Power Bait and Power Eggs are working well and so have worm/marshmallow combinations fished on the bottom. Bank anglers are catching Rock Bass and perch alone the shoreline.

AMERICAN: Fishing has been slow, but some trout are being caught off the fishing dock, Dave Anderson of Anderson's Boathouse said.

PIKEMINNOWS

Last week, 1,004 anglers caught 7,236 pikeminnows with one tagged pikeminnow every 2,413 fish caught. To date, 154,877 pikeminnows have been caught. Fishing was very good last week at Kalama, Gleason, Chinook Landing, Washougal, Cascade Locks and the Dalles.

Fly fishing

There was no fly fishing report this week.

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