Better salmon fishing points to productive weekend

Salmon fishing is showing signs of improving across the area, with more fish being caught in Tacoma waters and off the mouth of the Nisqually River. Bass fishing on local lakes remains good, and trout fishing has improved.


Kapowsin: Panfish action remains good, especially for crappie, said Harry Erickson of Erickson Boat Rentals. Try using worms, maggots or mini-jigs. The bass are hitting topwater lures. Trout fishing has been slow because the fish remain in cooler water down deep.

Offut: Fishing is improving for trout, and the action remains good for perch and bass, said Becky Pogue of Offut Lake Resort. Trout are hitting worms or chartreuse Power Eggs and trolled Flatfish lure. For perch, use worms. Bass are hitting soft plastics fished around structures.

Spanaway: A few fish are being caught. Boat anglers have had to contend with the wind, said Bud Herlitzka of Spanaway Park Boathouse. Try using worms.

Tanwax: Trout fishing has picked up thanks to the cooler weather. Try trolling Wedding Rings with worms, said Dave Potter of Rainbow Resort. Bass fishing has been good. Try plastic worms fished around the docks. Lots of perch are being caught all around the lake on worms.

Wenatchee: The lake will close for sockeye salmon fishing one hour after sunset on Tuesday. By that time, most of the sockeye will have migrated to the White and Little Wenatchee rivers and will be unavailable to anglers.


Fly-fishing: Action has picked up for coho salmon from area beaches. Try looking for rocky beaches at Purdy, Olalla and the Tacoma Narrows, such as Narrows Park on the Gig Harbor side of the Narrows, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Company. Try flashy Shock N Awe patterns.

North Coast: Coho have dominated the catches at La Push and Neah Bay in the past week. Anglers checked at Neah Bay averaged almost a salmon per person. The average was .74 salmon per person at La Push, where there were nearly three coho caught for every chinook. The ratio at Neah Bay was 1.5 coho per chinook caught.

South Sound: A few more fish are being caught off the Nisqually River, said Ron Adams of Verle’s Sports Center. Try using Coyote spoons and Coho Killers behind flashers off downriggers, or try jigging with Point Wilson Darts. Adams said to target deeper water, 70 to 80 feet, with your gear at 60 feet.

Tacoma: There was some good fishing Thursday, with anglers averaging nearly a fish per person, said Art Tachell of Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. The fish caught were mainly chinook, with some coho mixed in, including an 11-pounder. Fish have been scattered, being caught off the slag pile, clay banks, the Gig Harbor shoreline and in the Girl Scout camp area off Vashon Island. The crabbing is fair to good. It is scheduled to close after Labor Day weekend.

Westport: Fishing slowed down last week, with fewer anglers going out and fewer fish being caught. Anglers averaged .71 salmon per person, with the vast majority being chinook.


Buoy 10: Fishing continues to improve. Overall, an estimated 29,400 anglers have kept 4,300 chinook and 3,600 coho as of Tuesday. The state report said 34 percent of the 12,500 chinook allocation and 30 percent of the 11,900 coho allocation has been taken.

Cedar: If we get some rain, hit this river before it closes at the end of Tuesday. Srivastava said the fishing seems to pick up as it rains or after the water picks up some color.

Skokomish: There still are lots of fish being caught. Most anglers are drifting corkies and yarn in black or purple, or small clusters of eggs. In the morning, however, peach seems to be the color.

Yakima: River flows are starting to drop, and that should improve the dry-fly fishing, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop. Still-cast tight to the bank with grasshopper or Chernobyl ant patterns. Double-bead stonefly and lightning bugs are effective nymph patterns.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640