Fishing

Fishing report for July 7

• Crabbing has been good around the South Sound.



• Westport waters produced a salmon bounty for anglers over the weekend.



• The lower Columbia River salmon fishery has been extended.



SALT WATER

SOUTH SOUND: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports salmon fishing is slow. Trolling and jigging are producing comparable results. Moochers are having less luck as dogfish swipe their herring. Crabbing season is underway with most people catching their limit, the staff reports.       

WESTPORT: John Keizer of Salt Patrol said he fished Westport Thursday through Saturday and fishing was “on fire.” His group caught 35 kings. They also caught cohos and pinks. The best action was about 6 miles west of the Grays Harbor buoy, trolling with downriggers at a depth of 120-140 feet.  

LAKES

ALDER: Anglers are catching kokanee despite low water levels.

HARTS: Catfish have been biting.

MERWIN: Kokanee fishing has been good lately.

OFFUT: For the best results get out on the water early.

SPANAWAY: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House said the water is clear and still-fishing is the best way to find success. “It’s worth the effort,” said Herlitzka, who recommends using a 2- or 3-foot leader.

CHELAN: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Guide Service said early-morning trolling near the bar is producing big lake trout. Trolling near the mouth of Manson Bay in the evening is also a good option.

RIVERS

CISPUS: Tacoma Power last week released 112 spring chinook and 22 jacks above Yellow Jacket Creek. 

COLUMBIA: The summer salmon fishery on the lower river was scheduled to end Tuesday, but fishery managers from Washington and Oregon have extended the season to July 31. The daily limit is one adult chinook per day, down from two. Chinook counts by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are closing in on a record. Through Sunday, the count was 70,714, the most since the 1957 count showed 76,538 fish. Boat anglers averaged 5 bass per rod in the Bonneville Pool last week. Sturgeon-fishing effort has been light.

COWLITZ: The WDFW sampling report had 13 bank anglers keeping 10 adult spring chinook and releasing three. Tacoma Power recovered 233 spring chinook salmon, 27 jacks, 33 mini-jacks and 165 summer steelhead. It released 161 steelhead.

YAKIMA: The action using summer stonefly and grasshopper patterns has been very good, according to the staff at Red’s Fly Shop. The action is best early in the day and in the evening.

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