American Lake best in morning, evening

Trout fishing is starting to pick up on American Lake for those who pick the right time to drop in their line.

After a month of slow fishing on the lake, anglers fishing in the morning or evening are averaging about four trout per day, said Mike Barr of Bill’s Boathouse. Morning and evening has been the best time to fish at most local lakes.

Barr said two kokanee were recently caught from the boathouse dock, a rarity this summer.

“It’s not awesome but it’s going well for those who are willing to put in the time,” Barr said. “There is one guy who comes down every day at 8 just as the sun is going down. He brings his book and has been doing great. He’s getting his limit most of the time.”

The fish seem to vanish in the afternoon, however.

“There’s really no point in trying when the sun is out,” Barr said.


Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says the rainbow and brown trout action has been good in the morning for those trolling at the south end of the lake. Worms are currently the bait of choice. Fishing from the shoreline, worms and bobber are a good way to catch perch and rock bass, he said.

Mayfield: Many anglers are still hitting their limit on trout by using pop gear with wedding rings from boats, and power bait and worms from the banks. Tiger muskie are starting to bite.

Riffe: You’ll have to fish 50-70 feet deep on the dam side if you want to catch silvers. The bass and catfish are starting to pick up, according to Fish Country Inc. in Ethel.

Baker: Sockeye fishing has been fair.

Chelan: Fishing has been hot early in the morning around Mack Bar. Salmon fishing near the mouth of the Okanogan River is starting to slow down. Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service suggests fishing for Chinook with plug cut bait behind a big hot spot flasher. If you want trout, he recommends using a Kingfisher Lite spoon off the downrigger and purple glow F7 flatfish off the outriggers.


Columbia: Below Bonneville Dam 1,557 bank anglers caught 331 steelhead, according to a Saturday sampling by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Boat anglers averaged a fish per rod at the Bonneville Pool, with steelheads accounting for most of the catches. There are also steelhead to be had at the Dalles Pool.

Cowlitz: Fishing has been good of late with the water level rising slightly to bring in more fish. Fish Country Inc. in Ethel is recommending heading to Barrier Dam for chinook. Boat anglers are doing better than those from the bank when it comes to landing steelhead. However, bank anglers using corky and yarn, sand shrimp or jig and bobber are still having some success.

Nisqually: Fishing has been slow but is expected to pick up soon.

Bogachiel: Steelhead fishing has been fair. The water level has been low.

Puyallup: Fishing has been poor of late and visibility is very low.

Lewis: Some anglers are catching steelhead.

White Salmon: Anglers are catching steelhead from boats and the banks.

Kalama: Wayne Orzel of Pritchard’s Western Angler says fishing is good if you “gear down.” Try using a tiny orange opaque bead, he said. He also recommends using deer hair.


Tacoma: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports the action has been fair of late. Most of the fish are being caught in Dalco Passage and around the mouth of Gig Harbor. Activity has been picking up around Chambers Bay. Trolling is yielding the best results but some anglers are finding luck with moochers.

South Sound: Zittel’s Johnson Point Marina reports the fishing has been good near Fish Trap where anglers are jigging. Trolling with artificial squid and spoons is also working. Fishing has been good inside of Ketron Island.

Westport: A recent WDFW sampling showed that anglers were averaging more than one Chinook per person.

Ilwaco: The WDFW sampling showed that anglers were averaging nearly one salmon per rod.

Craig Hill: 253-597-8497