Fishing report for June 2

• Fishing licenses are not required in Washington on Saturday and Sunday.

• Trout fishing continues to be good in Western Washington lakes.

• Action has been slow since Monday’s salmon fishing opener.


AMERICAN: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says fishing is still good from the dock. Anglers are having good luck with green PowerBait.

MINERAL: Mineral Lake Resort reports anglers are catching nice, fat fish using yellow Power Eggs. Trolling with spinners or Wooly Buggers with a 4- to 5-foot leader is also working well.

SCANEWA: Tacoma Power released 626 spring chinook, 1,865 jacks and four winter steelhead above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

TANWAX: Anglers have luck with fluorescent orange and red Power Eggs on a 3- to 4-foot leader.


SOUTH SOUND: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports salmon fishing has been slow since it opened Monday. Lingcod fishing is open through June 15 but this action is also slow.

WESTPORT: John Keizer of saltpatrol.com fished Westport over the weekend and said charter fleet fishing was slow, but the boats with downriggers did well during tide changes. The Westport Charterboat Association reported salmon fishing improved Monday.


COLUMBIA: The spring chinook salmon limit increased to two adult fish starting Wednesday in the 300 miles upstream from the estuary.

State sampling last week showed 800 salmonid anglers (159 of which were in boats) caught 64 adult and seven jack spring chinook and 10 steelhead. Of those kept, 42 were adult chinook and nine were steelhead. Boat anglers are catching spring chinook in the John Day Pool. Boat anglers on the pool average one legal sturgeon kept per every four rods last week. Anglers average 3.8 walleye and 13.6 bass per rod in the John Day Pool. In The Dalles Pool, only a few boats were sampled, but they averaged three walleye and seven bass per rod.

Spring chinook and summer steelhead fishing is open between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam. Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Bonneville Dam.

COWLITZ: State sampling last week showed that 33 bank anglers on the lower river kept one adult and two jack spring chinook and three summer steelhead. Seven boat anglers kept one adult and 2 jack spring chinook. Tacoma Power recovered 42 winter-run steelhead, 763 spring chinook, 217 jacks and 9 summer steelhead.

SKOKOMISH: The north and south forks are scheduled to open Saturday.

HYLEBOS: This creek is scheduled to open Saturday.

FREE FISHING: Washington’s Free Fishing Weekend is June 6-7. Anglers won’t need a permit to fish or a Discover Pass to access state land.

“Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to try fishing in Washington, whether you are new to the sport, have not taken up a rod and reel in years, or want to introduce a friend or young family member to the sport,” Chris Donley, WDFW inland fish program manager, said in a prepared statement.

All other rules still apply. For more information visit wdfw.wa.gov.