Fishing for land-locked silver salmon remains excellent at Riffe Lake.
Trout fishing is warming up again at Mineral Lake.
Although water levels are fluctuating on the Cowlitz River, the Kalama River is starting to drop into better shape for steelhead and chinook salmon fishing.
Crabbing remains hot in South Sound.
Mineral: Trout fishing went from good over the weekend to excellent the past two days, said Jared Collman of Mineral Lake Resort. “Everybody’s been pulling in their limits,” he said. “Today (Tuesday) and yesterday, they started biting really hard.” Quite a few brown trout in the mix, too.
Mayfield: The tiger muskie tournament over the weekend produced only one fish, but trout fishing has been pretty good, said a staffer at Fish Country in Ethel.
Offut: Trout fishing has been good for boat anglers, said Rob Pogue of Offut Lake Resort in Tenino. Slow trolling has been most effective.
Potholes: Fishing for walleye and bass has been good, said Betty Draper of MarDon Resort. The reservoir, near Moses Lake, also has blue gill and crappie. The weather has been in the 80s, Draper said.
Riffe: Fishing for land-locked silver salmon remains excellent, said Marie Keysor of Tacoma Power Taidnapam Park. “It’s still a madhouse,” she said. “We’re really surprised. It’s quite a run. We didn’t realize it would be quite this good.”
Columbia: Anglers are catching some sockeye in the lower Columbia but the numbers seem to have dropped in the past week, said Jarrod Leigh of Four Corners General Store in Castle Rock. Anglers weren’t allowed to keep sockeye before Saturday, but they were hooking into them more frequently – and releasing them – before the fishery opened, Leigh said. Steelhead fishing has been pretty good, he said.
Green (Cowlitz County): Quite a few steelhead are being caught in this Toutle River tributary, said Leigh. But there are quite a few anglers, too.
Cowlitz: Fluctuating water flows have made steelhead fishing a little tricky, said Karen Glaser of Barrier Dam Campground Tackle Shop in Salkum. “We don’t know what’s going on?” she said, noting that water flow was running at 9,400 cubic feet per second Monday afternoon, dropped to 7,000 Monday night then increased to 8,500 by Tuesday afternoon. “They’re catching some nice fish. You just have to put the time in.”
Kalama: The water level is dropping and fishing is picking up, said Barbara Orzel of Pritchard’s Western Angler. The rock in front of the store is about 12 to 14 inches out of the water. “We’re talking summertime water now,” Orzel said. The water still has some color. Fishing for steelhead and chinook is good, she said, although the peak time is expected in August.
Yakima: Water released from the Lake Cle Elum reservoir has increased river flow this past week, said Jim Gallagher of the Yakima River Fly Shop. Gallagher said he anticipates trout and insects will adjust to the change and return to their usual routines this week.
North Sound: Anglers have been frustrated with the poor chinook run in the Skykomish and the steelhead fishing has slowed as well, said Shawn Davidson of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. The lower river has been particularly slow for chinook, he said. Chinook fishing has picked up in recent days on the Cascade River. Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River has been inconsistent.
Tacoma: Chinook fishing has improved some with the bite off and on, said Matt Clabaugh of Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. More anglers have been trolling than jigging. The tides have settled, which has helped the fishing.
South Sound: Crabbing still is going strong.
“It hasn’t changed,” said Rick Conrads of Zittels Johnson Point Marina in Olympia. “There have been a few salmon coming in, but not a whole lot yet.” Although Dungeness is the primary target, some large red rock crab also are crawling into pots.
Ilwaco: Fishing for sturgeon and chinook remains slow, said Vicki Schenk of Sea Breeze Charters. The coho fishery begins Thursday.