Fishing

Clarks Creek opens through October

Anglers will be able to fish Clarks Creek starting today. The opening will run through Oct. 31.

This applies to all game fish, from the mouth of the creek upstream to 12th Avenue Southwest in Puyallup.

Be aware that selective gear rules are in effect.

The trout limit is two fish that must be a minimum size of 14 inches. Anglers must release wild steelhead.

With other game fish, statewide minimum size and daily limits apply.

Lake Wenatchee also opens today for sockeye salmon fishing, which begins one hour before official sunrise and runs through Aug. 3.

The daily limit is two sockeye 12 inches in length or greater.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Steelhead fishing has been fair to good in recent days. The fish are spread though the river from Barrier Dam to the mouth and that should continue well into September, said Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service. The area around Blue Creek has been fair for bank anglers as well at Barrier Dam.

Green: Fishing for steelhead has picked up in the past few days, said a staffer at Auburn Sports and Marine. Bobbers and jigs or sand shrimp seem to be working best. Be aware the lower section of the river closes Sunday.

Olympic Coast: The amount of summer-run steelhead is attracting anglers, but you can still find fish and solitude, said Jim Kerr of Rain Coast Guides. He said you might have more success on the glacier-fed waters. The Sol Duc is the best bet for silver salmon. Kerr said dry fly-fishing for trout has been good in the evening.

Yakima: Nymphing seems to be the most productive method in recent days, said a report from The Evening Hatch fly shop. Try patterns like a size 10 tan Chubby Chernobyl, size 6 brown/black Pat’s Stone and a size 14 pearl Lightning Bug.

SALT WATER

Ilwaco: Fishing was slow in the past few days because conditions kept many boats from heading out. Those anglers making it out are finding coho and chinook in water 180 to 220 feet deep.

South Sound: There have been a few fish caught by anglers trolling on the inside of Ketron Island and at Lyle Point on Anderson Island, said a staffer at Zittels Johnson Point Marina.

Tacoma: Fishing is still slow but showing signs of improving, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Chinook are scattered from the clay banks to Point Dalco to the shelf in open water.

Westport: Fishing last week also was slowed by weather conditions. Overall, anglers averaged 1.40 salmon per person, according to state creel checks. Anglers were catching two chinook for every coho.

LAKES

American: Kokanee fishing has been very good, with anglers catching their limits fairly quickly. One angler on Washingtonlakes.com reported he was trolling with pink UV hoochies about 35 feet down in water 80 feet deep.

Merwin: Kevin Bye reports tiger muskies are very active, after fishing the lake during a tournament last weekend. He said he had at least a dozen follows and caught a 28- and 37-incher. Both fish were caught on a large, red spinnerbait cast into shallow water.

Offut: Boat anglers are doing better than those on the dock, said Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort. They are catching fish topping 1 pound in the morning and evening trolling Flatfish and Dick Nites tipped with worms. Also catching some largemouth bass on Senko worms and perch.

Tapps: Tiger muskie action is heating up. Local angler Todd Reis was using a DuckTail Lures Musky Thing. He caught a 37-inch fish, a 33-incher and several smaller muskies earlier this week. He was casting toward the deep sides of weed beds. In addition, there were plenty of smallmouth bass to be caught along the docks.

Washington: Yellow perch fishing is at its summer best. The larger fish seems to be holding near the weed lines and close to rock piles in water 18 to 25 feet deep, said Brian Lull of Special Moments Guide Service.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 Jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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