Outdoors

Fishing report for Aug. 22

Lakes

CLEAR (Pierce) : The kokanee action has been very good, with a number of limits being caught. Try trolling a green-and-red Wedding Ring tipped with corn about 25 feet down in water 40-80 feet deep.

OFFUT: The trout action has been off and on, depending on the weather. They are holding in the cooler, deep water. The bass fishing has been good, with soft plastics working best. The perch fishing is showing sign of improvement, with people using worms and jigs.

POTHOLES: The fishing for bluegill and yellow perch (up to 10 inches long) has been good, while the crappie action has been very good. Crappie up to 14 inches are being caught off docks and in the Lind Coulee Arm.

SILVER: The bass fishing has been good this week. Anglers should note the lake will be closed from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for hydroplane races.

SPANAWAY: The trout fishing has been good to very good. Power Bait on a 5- to 6-foot leader has been effective for bank anglers. Some brown trout are measuring 20 inches.

WENATCHEE: The sockeye salmon fishery is now set to close one hour after official sunset Sept. 1. The state, in announcing the closure, said most of the sockeye have moved up the White and Little Wenatchee rivers. Also the condition of the remaining sockeye is not ideal, but people are still catching a fair number of fish.

Salt water

ILWACO: Anglers are catching limits of salmon, with a mix of mostly coho and some chinook in the bag. Some of the chinook are weighing 30 pounds. The average catch last week was 1.41 salmon per angler.

SOUTH SOUND: The salmon fishing has been good in the last week. Try trolling with hoochies, spoons or a 4-inch Tomic Lures plug behind a flasher. Keep your gear close to the bottom in water 130-220 feet deep. The crabbing has been fair as we enter the final days of the season. Crabbing in marine areas 11 and 13 closes Sept. 1.

WESTPORT: The salmon fishing remains very good, with most anglers heading home with a limit of fish. Most boats are running about 17 miles south-southwest of the harbor mouth. Fishing down about 100 feet in water up to 300 feet deep. A chinook caught Monday now top’s the derby leaderboard at 34 pounds, 5 ounces. Last week’s average catch was 1.47 fish per person.

Rivers

BUOY 10: The fishing has improved and anglers are bringing home consistent catches of chinook and coho. Some people are trolling herring behind a flasher, while some folks are using anchovies.

COLUMBIA: The state has announced it will open the fall chinook fishing season on Aug. 30, two days earlier than normal. The season typically opens Sept. 1, but will open early to allow people to fish over Labor Day weekend.

COWLITZ: People are having success catching summer-run steelhead from Mission Bar upstream. Try back trolling with bait or a plug, or sidedrifting eggs.

NISQUALLY: The action is still very slow.

PUAYLLUP: The chinook fishing is still slow, although an occasional fish is being brought in. Try casting spinners or using corkies and yard in red or orange.

YAKIMA: River conditions have vastly improved since being muddied by rain a week ago, and the fishing is responding. Tan stonefly patterns in size 10 are a good starting point for dry fly anglers. People using a dry fly-dropper rig are having success as well.

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