Cowlitz: The river has been slow to fair for summer-run steelhead in the Blue Creek area. Free-drifting eggs from a boat has been most effective, but try back-trolling baits or plugs when eggs are not working. The action for spring chinook has been best at the barrier dam. Try using eggs and sand shrimp.
Green: People are catching a few steelhead, and the water is in good shape. Floats and jigs or spinners are the most popular gear. Try No. 3 size spinners with a black blade and gold body or a gold blade and black body.
Lewis: Anglers can again keep hatchery spring chinook on the river, including the North Fork. The opening, which will run through July 31, includes the mainstem Lewis from the mouth to the mouth of the East Fork and the North Fork Lewis from the mouth of the East Fork to the overhead power lines below Merwin Dam. The salmon daily limit is six hatchery chinook, of which no more than two may be adults. Anglers must release all salmon other than hatchery chinook. The minimum size is 12 inches. Barbless hooks are required to fish for salmon and steelhead.
Skykomish: This has been the best of the North Sound rivers since steelhead fishing opened. People are also catching some spring chinook. Side-drifting eggs is the best way to start, then consider a switch to plugs. Look for the fish to be close to the bank with river flows up.
Yakima: While river flows have jumped this week, trout fishing is still pretty good. Look for cutthroat and rainbow trout to hold in the side channels. They are hitting golden stonefly nymphs and attractor patterns like a Halo Prince.
Alder: Kokanee fishing has been good. The fish have been hitting orange or red Wedding Rings tipped with a pink Gulp maggot and garlic scent, trolled near the surface. The fish aren’t large, but the numbers have been good.
Black: Fishing has been good but not great. Anglers are catching rainbow trout, some measuring 16 inches long, with PowerBait fished off the bottom. Bass, some weighing about 4 pounds, are hitting worms.
Clear (Pierce): Kokanee action has slowed a bit, but people are still boating some fish. Pink dodgers and a corn-tipped lure seems the most effective setup.
Nahwatzel (MAson): Trout action has been fair to good, with the best action early in the day. People using PowerBait with slip sinkers need to make sure their bait is high enough to keep it out of the weeds.
Potholes: Perch fishing has been good from the dock at MarDon Resort, including some 12-inch fish. Top-water lures fished along the face of O’Sullivan Dam have been very productive for smallmouth bass. In the Lind Coulee arm, diving plugs in a crawdad color or pattern, half-ounce spinner baits in chartreuse or white have been good for smallmouth. Frog patterns are attracting the largemouth bass in the sand dunes.
Tapps: Smallmouth bass action has been slow as the fish are in the post-spawn phase and don’t seem to be feeding at this time. The largemouth bass action has been better, with people finding the fish in shallower bays.
COAST: The salmon season has started, with anglers allowed to catch hatchery chinook. The daily limit is two hatchery fish. Fishing is open seven days a week. Reports from commercial fishermen indicate they are catching some chinook. Salmon fishing also has opened off Ilwaco.
South Sound: Salmon fishing has been good to very good, with reports of some chinook weighing 20-plus pounds. Jigging at slack tide at Point Evans has been successful, as well as fishing off Point Defiance on an outgoing tide.Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, flyfishtheyakima.com, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, gamefishin.com, washingtonlakes.com, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, salmonuniversity.com and Tom Pollack at Sportco. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure