There is plenty of good fishing if people want to head out this weekend. The waters off Port Townsend have been good for consistent catches of chinook salmon. The Wynoochee is a good choice for summer-run steelhead.
Clear (Pierce): The kokanee action remains good. The fish seem to prefer hitting pink mini Wedding Rings tipped with bait.
Mineral: People are catching limits of trout, fishing their baits off the bottom on a leader 5-6 feet long. Earlier this week, an angler caught a 5 pound, 14 ounce rainbow on a white marshmallow, said Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort.
Offut: The yellow perch fishing has picked up, while the trout fishing is best when the water temperatures are cooler.
Try trolling a worm on a small spinner or garlic dough bait fished off the bottom, said Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort.
Potholes: While the reservoir level is high for this time of year, the fishing remains good to very good, said Nick Barr of MarDon Resort. Fishing the face of O’Sullivan Dam is producing lots of smallmouth bass. Deep trolling at Medicare Beach and the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway has been producing rainbow trout up to 4 pounds. He recommends using Luhr-Jensen Needlefish and Rapala Shad Raps about 20-40 feet down.
Tapps: Anglers are catching smallmouth bass, but there seems to be no consistent pattern or location. The best bet is to start by fishing plastics off the bottom. Water temperatures are still below normal summer levels.
Ilwaco: The fishing last week was difficult, with anglers averaging .67 salmon per person, said a state report. That was down from .98 fish per person the week before.
North Coast: Anglers averaged .94 salmon per angler last week, with the best catches coming off Neah Bay. Coho made up the majority of the catch.
North Sound: Point No Point, Jefferson Head and Mid Channel Bank all have been productive spots for chinook. Find the bait balls and troll a spoon or hoochie behind a dodger.
South Sound: Salmon anglers had some success late this week, landing chinook weighing 6-12 pounds, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Marina. Crabbing has been pretty good with a number of limits being reported.
Westport: Charters boats averaged 1-1.5 fish per person late this week. The catch has been an even mix of chinook and coho.
Last week, anglers caught a total of 1,150 chinook and 975 coho. Beginning Friday, the area will be open to salmon fishing seven days a week, joining the three other ocean areas already open on a daily basis.
Green: The steelhead fishing has been off and on, with the action slowing down in the last week. Jigs and floats, corkies and yarn in pink, white or black and shrimp are effective methods these days.
Skykomish: The river continues to produce good catches of chinook and summer-run steelhead. Try side-drifting eggs, running your bait through the seams and soft edges of water.
Wynoochee: The fishing has been good for summer-run steelhead. The fish are a bit spooky, so stealth techniques are working best. Divers and prawns are working well.
Yakima: The trout are keyed in on dry flies, but they are holding close to the bank. Cast patterns like a Yeager’s Tantrum at the shady spots along the river’s edge. Flows were slowly rising late this email@example.com 253-597-8640 blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure