Cooler weather allows area fishing to begin heating up

Cooler weather might not be ideal for getting in one last outdoor adventure before school starts, but it's good news for anglers.

“Fishing is starting to pick back up with the cooler weather,” said Mike Gordon of Mineral Lake resort. “... As the weather continues to cool the bite will improve accordingly.”

Gordon says there are plenty of browns and rainbows to catch in Mineral Lake. The browns are biting at the north end and off the docks. Gordon suggests using worms and marshmallows or worms and Power Eggs.

To catch rainbow trout use a 5- or 6-foot-long leader and let the Power Eggs float up, Gordon said.


Spanaway: Worms are the bait of choice for catching trout right now.

Mayfield: Try using pop gear with Wedding Rings tipped with worm or cocktail shrimp, recommends the staff at Fish Country, Inc. Bank anglers are catching trout, too. They’re having the best luck with Power Eggs with worm.

Riffe: The action is starting to slow, but anglers are still trying their luck.

Tanwax: A good place to go for trout fishing.

Sammamish: “Everybody is talking about the Sammamish kings right now,” said Todd Rock of Auburn Sports and Marine.

Washington: The action has been slow here of late.


Carbon: Dan Bravo of Sportco says recent rain has anglers itching to get on the water when the river opens today. “It should be good,” Bravo said. “It’s time to play.”

Puyallup: Anglers are catching a handful of silvers and also having some luck landing kings, Bravo said.

Green: The river opens to fishing today up to Highway 99, but chinook must be released.

Columbia: The Buoy 10 fishery shut down Tuesday night.

Cowlitz: Marshall and Tracey Borsom of Fish Country, Inc. say fishing is improving daily. Head to the barrier dam and use eggs with sand shrimp tail. Boaters running divers with striped shrimp are catching steelhead. Corky and yarn, jig and bobber, sand shrimp and some spinners are also working.

Nisqually: Mike Crumland of Sportsman’s Warehouse in Lacey says the action is picking up. Anglers are having the best luck using bobber and eggs in the morning.

Skokomish: Corkies and yarn or eggs have been doing the trick for some anglers.


Tacoma: Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff says fishing has been spotty for kings and coho. They recommend trolling with flasher and hoochie or flasher and herring at a depth of 30-60 feet early in the day and 50-90 feet later in the day.

South Sound: Windy conditions of late have kept many anglers off the water. But if you want to fish, the staff at Zittel’s Johnson Point Marina recommends dropping your line around Fish Trap or the Nisqually River.

North Coast: Coho fishing near La Push and Neah Bay has been good of late.

Westport: Fishing has slowed lately.

Crabbing: Most areas of Puget Sound – including areas 10 (Seattle and Bremerton), 11 (Tacoma and Vashon Island) and 12 (Hood Canal) – close to crab fishing for a catch assessment on Labor Day evening. Summer catch reports are due Oct. 10. Crabbing will be open Sept. 4-6. There is a $10 fine for crabbers who do not file their catch reports on time. Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound) is among the areas remaining open after Labor Day. The area will be open until Jan. 2.

Craig Hill: 253-597-8497