South Sound: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina says salmon fishing is improving. Pinks and chinook are biting, but the action for coho is starting to slow. Dalco Passage, the clay banks, in front of the boathouse and from the Narrows bridges north to Gig Harbor are good places to troll. Jigging is yielding fish near Point Evans. Pinks are biting near Vashon Island and from Commencement Bay and the mouth of the Puyallup River north to Redondo.
Crabbing has been fair but you might need to leave your pot for longer than usual.
North Sound: “Everybody’s got humpy mania,” said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. Anglers are hitting the water and having good luck catching pink salmon. Some are even getting their limit before 7:30 a.m. Most are being caught at a depth of about 35 feet before sunrise and about 70 feet once the sun is up. Chamberlain also recommends using Buzz Bombs and fishing the west side of Whidbey Island, where anglers also are catching coho.
Marine Area 10 (Seattle-Bremerton) is now closed for chinook fishing.
Westport: Anglers had success over the weekend, according to the Westport Charterboat Association. Coho and chinook were biting, and those fishing for bottom fish and tuna also did well.
Puyallup: Fishing is smoking hot with almost every angler easily catching their limit on the lower river, according to the staff at Big J’s Outdoor Store. Fish also are starting to show up in the upper river. Corky and yarn with a long leader and half-ounce weight is doing the trick. Chinook also are biting.
Nisqually: Salmon are in the river, but anglers don’t seem to be catching them as easily as they are in other locations, according to gamefishin.com.
Columbia: Large salmon are being caught. While most of the chinook are in the 20-pound range, Chamberlain says one of his customers caught a 48-pounder over the weekend and witnessed others catching 50-pounders.
Snohomish: The river is open, and fishing has been OK. Chamberlain expects the action to pick up anytime now.
Skagit: The pinks are biting, according to reports on washingtonlakes.com.
Skykomish: Boat anglers are having more luck than bank anglers.
American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says fishing has been slow. However, anglers are catching a number of small rainbow trout off the dock. He says fishing on the dock has been better than trying from a boat.
Tapps: Smallmouth bass are abundant and biting, according to reports on washingtonlakes.com.
Potholes: Bass fishing has been outstanding in recent days, according to several reports.Craig Hill: 253-597-8497 firstname.lastname@example.org @AdventureGuys