Fishing report for July 3

• Crabbing is under way in much of Puget Sound.

• Coastal salmon fishing has hit full stride.

• Catfish action is very good at Harts Lake.


ALDER: The lake level is very low, leaving some launches closed. Those people getting on the water are hooking plenty of kokanee of all sizes. Look for the fish 15 to 25 feet down. People are trolling with wedding ring-style lures tipped with corn or maggots behind a dodger.

CRESCENT (Pierce) : The trout fishing has been fair to good. Trolling with silver flatfish or spoons.

HARTS: The fishing has been very good this week, despite the heat. Some channel catfish are reaching 25 pounds. The action for crappie and bluegill also has been very good.

MERWIN: The lake has been producing decent catches of kokanee. People are reporting success trolling with a pink hoochie tipped with Gulp maggots behind a pink dodger.

OFFUT: The heat has slowed the trout action, except for early in the day. The bass and perch fishing has been very good. Nightcrawlers are working best for the perch and plastic baits for bass.

POTHOLES: The largemouth bass have been hitting topwater baits early in the morning. Yellow perch, some measuring 14 inches long, are being caught at the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway.

SPANWAY: In the sound end, still fishing has been fair for trout. Some brown trout are measuring up to 22 inches. The trout are holding deep near the springs that feed the lake. Try using Power Bait on a 2-foot to 4-foot leader.


COLUMBIA: Fishing on the lower river has been extended through July 31. Anglers fishing from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upriver to Bonneville Dam can continue to catch summer chinook and sockeye salmon.

COWLITZ: The action for summer-run steelhead has been fair to good, despite low water levels. Anglers are having luck back trolling with bait or plugs, or side drifting with light lines and small baits.

SKAGIT: Fishing for sockeye salmon should improve in the lower river, with more conducive river conditions and the end of tribal catches.

YAKIMA: The fly fishing has been very good despite the heat. Hit the water very early in the day, or wait until evening. Grasshopper patterns and summer stoneflies, both with a dropper fly, have been effective.


CRABBING: Most areas of Puget Sound have opened for crabbing. Marine Area 13 (Olympia) has been open since June 1, and two areas in the San Juan Islands will not open until later this summer. The season has started off pretty well. People are setting pots in water 50 to 80 feet deep in Quartermaster Harbor and off the mouth of the Nisqually River, and 120 to 180 feet deep in other areas.

FLY FISHING: The action remains very good for coastal cutthroat trout. People are catching plenty of fish, some fairly large. An angler fishing from a kayak this week caught and released a wild chinook that weighed an estimated 30 to 35 pounds.

ILWACO: There have been plenty of limits of salmon being caught, with the majority being coho. The average catch last week rose to 1.66 salmon per person.

SOUTH SOUND: The salmon fishing has been slow, but some large fish are being caught.

WESTPORT: The salmon fishing has been very good to excellent this week. Coho are being caught around the Grays Harbor buoy, while boats are heading out 12 miles to find the chinook. Anglers last week caught 1.33 salmon per person last week. There were an estimated 3,162 people who fished last week.