Fishing

Fishing report for July 17

Occasional early-arriving pink salmon are being caught around Puget Sound.
Occasional early-arriving pink salmon are being caught around Puget Sound. Staff writer
  • South Sound fishing is still slow.
  • Chinook counts at Bonneville Dam set a record this week.
  • Still fishing is producing fish at Spanaway Lake.

SALTWATER

SOUTH SOUND: Still pretty slow. There are quite a few fish coming in from Gibson Point. That is the only hot spot as of right now.

NORTH SOUND: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) opened Thursday for king fishing. Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood expects the season to shut down by Sunday night. Coho are biting in Marine Area 10 (Seattle-Bremerton).

WESTPORT: A little bit of everything over the last couple days. Some traveled 45 minutes north for their hauls. Others stayed around the jetty. The last couple days were still fairly slow. From Westport Charters fishing report.

LAPUSH: The WDFW reports 307 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery the week of July 6. They landed 386 Chinook, 66 coho, and 31 pink. Through July 12, a total of 713 Chinook (27% of the area guideline) and 126 coho (4% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

NEAH BAY: The WDFW reports 1,842 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery the week of July 6. They caught 1,453 Chinook, 462 coho, and 1,428 pink. Through July 12, a total of 3,956 Chinook (47% of the area guideline) and 462 coho (6% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

RIVERS

COLUMBIA: State officials counted 3,994 adult chinook at Bonneville Dam on July 14, the largest count for that date since at least 1939. The previous record was 1,434 fish in 1953. The

The WDFW is closing sturgeon fishing on sections of the Columbia and Snake rivers. The fish are under tremendous stress, due to low and warm water conditions. The moratorium will begin on July 18. Water temperatures have averaged 73 degrees over the past two weeks, compared to 64 degrees over the same span the last five years.

GREEN: Fishing has been tough. Best path to success will be targeting high in the river system, anything above state Route 18. Target first thing in the morning or late in the evening with something flashy like a spinner.

LEWIS: Not many anglers on the water.

SKYKOMISH: Anglers are catching an occasional steelhead but action is slow.

YAKIMA: Fly fisherman have been doing well here in recent weeks.

LAKES

MORTON: Last week, this lake near Kent was stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout.

SPANAWAY: Still fishing with Power Bait, but trolling is still not working. The dock fishing has been spotty, but a few nice fish have been found there in the mornings. The bite is usually over by 11 a.m.

WASHINGTON: Smallmouth bass fishing and perch fishing have all been great. Fishing are biting at depths of 60 feet or more.

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

STEVENS: Kokanee are biting here.

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