Lake fishing has been good, but action on rivers is spotty

It seems to have been a tough few days for salmon anglers. Saltwater anglers were having to deal with poorly timed tides as well as large tidal swings. River anglers are waiting for some rain to push the fish upriver.


American: The action for yellow perch has been good to very good. Start looking for them about 25 feet deep. Anglers online are reporting using jigs with perch meat. The kokanee fishing has slowed down a bit.

Chelan: Trolling for lake trout has been best at the Bar first thing in the morning. After the sun is above the horizon, move over to Sunnybank. By 9 a.m., you should be pounding those fish in the trench, said Anton Jones at Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service.

Mayfield: Trolling near the Tilton Arm and bank fishing near the hatchery are still producing a good number of trout. Boaters are pulling Wedding Rings with a worm, and bank anglers are using Power Eggs with a worm fished off the bottom, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. The tiger muskie action has been fair.

Riffe: The lake is still producing silver salmon, but they are very deep now, Borsom said. He people fishing the U.S. 12 side by the dam are going 50 to 70 feet to get a bite, but they were good size fish. The bass fishing also is going pretty well.


Fly fishing: The searun cutthroat fishing has been good lately, and anglers have been seeing a lot more resident coho, said Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. He said anglers should concentrate on beaches from the Tacoma Narrows up through Colvos Passage. For cutthroat, try marabou clousers in sculpin brown, olive and rust or polychete worms in peach-pink and olive. For coho, try a bead butt baitfish in herring blue or pink, flashy Shock N Awes or hot pink marabou clousers.

Tacoma: The fishing remains off and on. After some good fishing on Friday, the action has really dropped off, said a staffer at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Anglers were marking a lot of fish at the mouth of the Puyallup, but they weren’t biting. Try off the slag pile early in the morning or off Point Dalco in the afternoon.


Buoy 10: Over the weekend, one of every three private boat anglers sampled at the ports of Chinook and Ilwaco/Fort Canby had caught a salmon. The catch had slightly more coho than chinook, said a state report. Chinook retention is expected to be allowed through the end of the month.

Columbia: Chinook catches in the lower river have picked up while steelhead catches have dropped off. Last week, the state sampled 776 bank anglers who had 20 adult and one jack fall chinook and 62 steelhead. The 696 boat anglers checked had 66 adult and one jack fall chinook and 50 steelhead.

Cowlitz: The fishing is still going pretty well, but it is not red hot. Borsom recommends trying the pool at Barrier Dam, throwing big gobs of eggs tipped with sand shrimp tail. A good number of steelhead are being caught from the dam down river. All the favorites seems to be working: corkies and yarn, jig and bobber, sand shrimp and divers with bait.

Nisqually: The fishing has been really slow.

Olympic Coast: The trout and summer-run steelhead fishing has been fair. Merwin said the small streams seem to be several weeks behind normal and still have quite a bit of water.

Puyallup: The fishing has been slow, said Todd Rock at Auburn Sports and Marine. The lack of rain seems to be keeping the fish stacked up in Commencement Bay, he said. If it rains, that should push the fish upriver.

Yakima: The fishing has been fair to good in recent days. Grasshopper patterns or other big attractors are effective during the day. Caddis are the patterns to use in the evening.