Fishing

Fishing report

A fish caught at Wesport using a Silver Horde Spoon.
A fish caught at Wesport using a Silver Horde Spoon. Courtesy photo
  • A forecast shows that the Columbia River could get its largest chinook return in 55 years.
  • A few pinks are showing up in Puget Sound.
  • Kings are biting in Westport.

RIVERS

COLUMBIA: The state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s technical advisory committee forecasts 108,000 adult chinook and 500,000 sockeye returning to the river this year. The chinook forecast is the largest since at least 1960.

COWLITZ: Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 453 spring chinook, 87 jacks, 146 mini-jacks and 362 summer steelhead. It released 210 recycled summer steelhead at the Interstate 5 boat launch.

KALAMA: State fish agency sampling reports for last week show that 36 bank anglers kept three steelhead and eight boat anglers also kept three steelhead.

LEWIS: State fish agency employees didn’t observe any steelhead fishing on the east fork last week.

SKYKOMISH: Anglers are catching an occasional steelhead on the upper river, but action is slow.

WIND: The state fish agency says that “sockeye have been reported in both Wind River and Drano Lake, with some mortality due to suspected disease on the lower Wind.”

YAKIMA: The action has been hot for fly fishermen heading out early.

LAKES

SPANAWAY: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says fish are biting off the dock and in the southeast corner of the lake. Anglers have been well served by using Power Bait a few feet off the bottom.

RIFFE: Tacoma Power employees released 145 spring chinook mini-jacks at Mossyrock Park last week.

STEVENS: Kokanee are biting.

MORTON: The lake near Kent was recently stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout.

WASHINGTON: Not many anglers on the water, but some are catching perch at depths of 60 feet or more.

BAKER: Action has been inconsistent at the North Cascades lake, but some anglers are doing quite well.

SALTWATER

SOUTH SOUND: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina says salmon fishing is slow. The action tends to pick up in the middle of July. Occasional pinks are showing up.

NORTH SOUND: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) opens Thursday for king fishing. Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood expects the season to shut down by the end of the weekend. Coho are biting in Marine Area 10 (Seattle-Bremerton). Occasional pinks are arriving there, too.

WESTPORT: Despite rough waters and rain, the kings were biting over the weekend, says John Keizer of Salt Patrol.

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