Don't forget, you can fish for free today and Sunday. No license is required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in the state. In addition, anglers will not need a two-pole endorsement to fish with two poles on thousands of lakes statewide, nor will they need a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement, otherwise required to fish for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries, said a state news release.
Also, the first selective ocean fishery opens today off Ilwaco and Westport. The two-week season is open seven days a week with a daily limit of two chinook that have clipped adipose fins.
Only chinook, at least 24 inches long, can be kept during this portion of the season. This season is scheduled to close June 30, but could close earlier if the coastwide guideline of 12,000 chinook is reached.
American: A couple of anglers were having good luck fishing for kokanee 16-18 inches long, said David Anderson at Bill’s Boathouse. Try trolling flashers and Wedding Rings tipped with maggots 30 feet down. Still-fishing for trout has been slow.
Black: Try using black or olive Woolly Buggers or damsel fly nymphs for trout and popper and minnow patterns for trout. Fish early or late to avoid the boat traffic, said Bjorn Beech at the Fly Fisher.
Harts: The fishing has been a little slow. Some trout and crappie are being caught, while the bass action is slowly picking up.
Kapowsin: Many of the anglers willing to brave the rain this week were catching limits of rainbow trout. They were using a Wedding Ring-style lure tipped with a worm, said Harry Erickson of Erickson’s Boat Rental. The panfish action should greatly improve this weekend. He also said a 6-pound largemouth bass was caught this week.
Offut: The fishing continues to be very good, boosted by warmer water temperatures, said Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. Some trout are weighing up to 3 pounds. Try night crawlers, spinners tipped with worms, black or olive Woolly Buggers or Roostertails.
Spencer: This and all the Shelton-area lakes are fishing very well, said Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center. Power Bait, night crawlers and Wedding Rings will work best this weekend
Tanwax: Dock and boat anglers are catching limits, said Dave Potter at Rainbow RV Resort. Dock anglers should try worms under a bobber or yellow Power Eggs with shrimp oil. Boat anglers are using a Wedding Ring with worm or fluorescent orange Flatfish.
Fly-fishing: The action continues to improve, especially from Purdy south along the Key Peninsula. Try using brown over white Shock and Awes for sea-run cutthroat trout.
South Sound: Crab fishing opened Friday in Marine Area 13 and will run seven days a week through Jan. 2. The limit is five Dungeness crab, which must be males at least 61/4 inches wide. You must release all soft shell, females and undersized crab. The red rock crab limit is six, either sex, a minimum of 5 inches.
Tacoma: The salmon fishing has been fair overall in recent day. On Wednesday, most of the fish brought in were weighing 12 to 16 pounds, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. He said trolling was working best in the morning and then jigging later in the day.
Skykomish: To the north, this is the bright spot for steelhead, according to multiple sources.
Cedar: The river level was dropping, but jumped back up to where safety could be an issue.
Yakima: With river flows up, the trout have moved in closer to the banks. A report from Red’s Fly Shop said smaller fish are hitting dry flies, while the bigger fish are eating up nymphs like a gold lightning bug or stonefly nymphs.
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