Columbia: Starting Saturday, anglers fishing on the lower river may keep up to two sockeye salmon as part of their daily catch limit. The new rule will be in effect through July 31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upriver to Bonneville Dam. The Technical Advisory Committee on Monday updated upper summer chinook and sockeye returns. The new forecast is 64,000 summer chinook and 165,000 sockeye. The preseason forecast was 73,500 summer chinook and 180,500 sockeye.
Cowlitz: Fishing has been fair, at best, based on state creel sampling. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 243 summer-run steelhead, 159 spring-chinook adults, 27 jacks and 376 mini-jacks during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Most fish are being caught at Blue Creek or the barrier dam.
Lewis: Summer-run steelhead fishing has been fair to good, slowed in part by low water conditions. The fish are there and will hit your offerings pretty good if you can find them.
Skykomish: Anglers are catching chinook and steelhead from Sultan downriver to or below Monroe. Side-drifting eggs is the best method right now. Cover lots of water until you hook a fish, then work that water hard.
Black: Trout fishing has been good for people fishing off the bottom with PowerBait and Power Eggs in pink or fluorescent green. Try getting your bait 3-4 feet off the bottom in water about 20 feet deep.
Cle Elum: Starting Saturday, the 16-kokanee daily limit has been eliminated and replaced with a daily limit of five trout, including kokanee. The change was made to protect seagoing sockeye salmon being reintroduced to the upper Cle Elum basin. The kokanee size limit of 7-inch minimum and 14-inch maximum remains in effect. The 12-inch minimum size for other trout species also is unchanged.
Potholes: Some of the best action has come from fishing surface lures in the morning and evening for bass. One angler reported catching an 11-pound, 8-ounce walleye by Goose Island. Crab Creek also has been producing walleye for fishermen trolling using spinners and night crawlers and Rapala Shad Raps. Perch fishing has been very good to excellent.
Tapps: Smallmouth bass action has been very good in recent days. Look for fishing holding in water about 10-12 feet deep. They are hitting crankbaits and Carolina rigs.
Fly-fishing: Fishing for sea-run cutthroat trout remains consistently good. Try flies such as Lawn Darts, olive and white Marabou Clousers, Beach Sliders and candlefish and sand lance patterns. Areas all around the Gig Harbor peninsula are producing fish: Colvos Passage, Hales Passage, Narrows and Henderson Bay.
Ilwaco: Anglers last week averaged 1.03 salmon per person, down from 1.39 fish a person the week before. Sixty percent of the catch was coho. Look for fish off Long Beach 40-60 feet deep.
North Coast: La Push had the best average last week, 1.15 salmon per person. Neah Bay was just behind at 1.12.
Strait of Juan de Fuca: Fishing has been very good, with people catching mostly chinook but also some coho and a few early pinks. Sunday at Sekiu, a check of 160 anglers showed a catch of 93 chinook, 59 coho and 25 pinks. The same day at Port Angeles, 146 anglers brought in 28 chinook, eight coho and 151 pinks. A green flasher followed by a purple hoochie has been effective.
South Sound: People are catching some chinook, but the fish seem spread around the Tacoma area. Try the Gig Harbor side to the clay banks, Point Dalco and the slag pile. The area north of Des Moines also has been producing fish. Crab fishermen continue to haul in limits. Set your pots in water 120-180 feet deep for larger crabs.
Westport: The average catch slowly creeps upward, with anglers averaging 0.61 salmon per person last week. That was up from 0.53 the week before. The chinook catch outpaced coho 2 to 1. The bait seem to be holding off the north and south beaches, in water 50-60 feet deep.Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, salmonuniversity.com, Tom Pollack at Sportco, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, Salmon Shores Resort, washingtonlakes.com, Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure