Trout holding on, salmon now a daily indulgence

The lake fishing has been slowing a bit, but there are still plenty of trout to catch. Take the report of a 10-pound rainbow being caught in Pattison Lake in Lacey. An angler trolling a green Woolly Bugger caught it.

Salmon anglers are reminded they can fish seven days a week now. The change in Marine areas 2, 3 and 4 took effect Friday and will remain in place until further notice. Marine Area 1 is already open 7 days per week.


Cedar: The best advice is to hit the river early, especially this weekend with warm temperatures in the forecast. Try using patterns such as a size 6 Pat’s rubber legs stonefly or a size 8 Speculator, said a report from Puget Sound Fly Co.

Deschutes: Fishing by the old state Route 99 bridge has been good for trout. Try using a black elk hair caddis or mosquito flies, said a staffer at Wholesale Sports in Lacey.

Green: Anglers are still catching cutthroat and rainbow trout, said Todd Rock at Auburn Sports and Marine. Spinners such as Blue Fox, Panther Martin and Roostertails have been the most effective.

Wynoochee: A few steelhead are being caught, but not in great numbers.

Yakima: Fish big dries and dry/nymph combinations in the foam seams for bigger trout. Try using flies like a Chubby Chernobyl, a tan Gypsy King or a Matt’s double beaded stone, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop.


Alder: Local angler Kevin Bye reports he caught a few smallmouth bass around the Rocky Point area. He was using a rainbow trout pattern Rapala X-Rap in water 5 to 15 feet deep.

American: The fishing has been fair, with anglers catching a mix of perch and rainbow trout from the docks, said an online report. Try using worms with a Power Bait-type bait. Fishing for rock bass has been very good, close to shore.

Black (Thurston): The fishing has been very good for bass in recent weeks. The trout fishing has been on the slow side.

Kapowsin: Topwater buzzbaits and plugs, as well as crankbaits are producing largemouth bass up to 5 pounds, said Harry Erickson at Erickson Boat Rentals. Panfish are hitting worms under bobbers or maggots on crappie jigs. He said the trout fishing has slacked off some because the fish are holding pretty deep.

Offut: The number of fish being caught might be down a bit, but the size has been good. Many fish are weighing around 2 pounds, said Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. Night crawlers and garlic Power Bait have been the most effective. Fishing early in the day has been best.

Mason County: Limerick has been producing limits of trout, while the trout action on Spencer has slowed down a bit, said Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center.

Tapps: The smallmouth bass action has been pretty good, and tiger muskie fishing has been picking up. Try using dropshot rigs, crankbaits or jigs tipped with plastic grubs. Spinners and jointed plugs have been the best for muskies.


Hood Canal: The Lilliwaup and Ayock Point areas have been producing some chinook.

Ilwaco: Anglers averaged a salmon per rod last week, with 76 percent of the fish caught being coho, said a state report. Through Sunday, an estimated 12.7 percent of the coho quota and 5.6 percent of the chinook guideline had been taken.

Tacoma: The salmon fishing has been slowly improving this week, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. The largest chinook have been weighing 23 pounds. Some fish are showing up along the slag pile, while others are being caught off the clay banks and off Point Dalco. Dogfish are a problem for moochers. The crab fishing off local docks has been slow to fair.

Westport: Anglers caught slightly fewer salmon overall last week, based on state creel checks. The chinook catch was actually better than the previous week, but the coho catch dropped off.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640