Cooler temperatures likely to ignite angling

With a chance of rain and cooler temperatures in the forecast, anglers should see an improvement in fishing, especially in local lakes. Salmon anglers are having good success on the Skokomish, and American Lake has been a hot spot for yellow perch.


Cedar: Overcast skies and the chance of rain should make the trout more active. Try to be out there the day it does rain as it seems to wake up the fish, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co.

Lewis: Including the North Fork, hatchery fall chinook may be kept in August and September. This allows opportunity to keep adipose-clipped chinook during the hatchery early-stock coho fishery.

Little Deschutes: Fishing is fair to good. Try using pheasant tail and hare’s ear nymphs or tan elk hair caddis or Adams, said a staffer at Cabela’s.

Nisqually: A few fish have been trickling in, but the catching has been pretty slow, said a staffer at Cabela’s.

Puyallup: Anglers are coming up empty in the first days of the salmon season, in part because the water is the color of a chai latte and is just a little higher than normal.

Skokomish: The river is producing lots of chinook, attracting lots of anglers. Try starting off with corkies and yarn in purple, peach or orange, or eggs, said Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center.

Wynoochee: The action has been very slow.

Yakima: The Farmlands stretch offers a chance to wade and boat fish. The action has been best early and late in the day, and hoppers during the day are bringing some trout to the surface.


American: Yellow perch fishing has been very good, and kokanee action has been nearly as good. Based on several reports, trolling seems to be the best method for kokanee, and worms fished near the bottom in water about 25 feet is the setup for perch.

Kapowsin: Panfish action remains very good, said Harry Erickson at Erickson’s Boat Rentals. He said try maggots and worms. Trout are holding deep, but that might change with cooler weather in the forecast.

Munn: Trout fishing has been good. Dragonflies, leeches and Carey Specials all seem to be producing fish.

Offut: Perch fishing is improving, but the trout action has been slowed by the warm water, said a staffer at Offut Lake Resort.

Tanwax: Trout fishing has been slow, but the crappie, perch and bass action has been good. A 5-pound largemouth bass was caught earlier this week on a rubber worm. Try watermelon or pumpkin colors, said Dave Potter at Rainbow RV Resort.

Tapps: Tiger muskie action has been fair to good, with some fish nearly 50 inches being landed. Use dark-colored bucktail spinners around the weedbeds close to shore.


Fly fishing: Beach anglers are catching mainly sea-run cutthroat trout. Try using a foul-free herring tube fly in olive, said Srivastava of Puget Sound Fly Co. Olalla, Purdy Spit and Point Fosdick have been productive.

Ilwaco: The average catch per angler dropped slightly last week to .8 salmon per person, down from 1.18 fish the week before.

Tacoma: The fishing has been slow to fair but improving, said a staffer at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Try off the slag pile, the Girl Scout camp on the west side of Vashon Island and Point Dalco.

Westport: Chinook action has been steady, with anglers averaging a fish per person.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640