Recreational crab fishing will close in most areas of Puget Sound at sunset Monday.
The only two areas that will remain open after Labor Day are Marine areas 7-North and 7-South near the San Juan Islands. Sport fishers who crab in those two areas after Sept. 2 must record their catch on winter-catch cards.
All sport fishermen licensed to fish for Dungeness crab anywhere in Puget Sound have through Oct. 1 to submit summer-catch reports to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, regardless of whether they caught anything.
Harts: Crappie and bass action has been good, while the catfish and trout action has been slow. Use red micro jigs with a white skirt for crappie and spinnerbaits for bass.
Mineral: Trout fishing has been good. Most of the rainbows and brown trout are holding close to the bottom. People are using rainbow Power Eggs, worms and marshmallows.
Offut: Trout action has picked up thanks to the cooler weather and recent rain, and some rainbows are weighing up to 2 pounds. Some people are using dough baits on a 2-3 foot leader or trolling with Wedding Rings.
Potholes: Limits of crappie are being caught among the docks. Walleye fishing has been best near Goose Island, with some fish weighing more than 10 pounds. The Crab Creek channel is a hot spot for largemouth bass, and the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway and the Medicare Beach area continue to produce rainbow trout.
Spanaway: The fishing has been fair to good. Some brown trout, weighing 2-41/2 pounds, are being caught with worms. Still-fishing with PowerBait is good for rainbows. A worm-and-bobber combo is good for kids fishing from shore to hook perch and rock bass.
Tanwax: Crappie and perch fishing has been very good. Most people are using green jigs or Wedding Rings tipped with worms. Trout fishing has been slow.
Buoy 10: Salmon fishing continues to be very good at this spot near the mouth of the Columbia River. The best action seems to take place when the tide starts moving back out.
Cowlitz: There are fish throughout the river, but the best action remains in the Blue Creek area. Bank anglers are drifting jigs under a bobber, and boat fishermen are having success side-drifting eggs or pulling plugs.
Nisqually: Reports are mixed. Some people are catching limits of chinook, plus some pinks, while others are coming home empty-handed. Drifting a pink jig has proved to be effective for some people.
Puyallup: There are plenty of pink salmon to be caught, as the throngs of anglers will attest. Go pink, with corkies and yarn in pink or orange, or jigs. The river level is high, so you might need more weight. Remember that the river, from the 11th Street Bridge to the mouth of the White River, is open Saturday but closed Sunday and Monday. The openings for September are Tuesday-Sept. 7, 11-14, 18-21 and 26-28.
Yakima: Trout fishing is good to very good, helped by falling river levels. Try gently casting a grasshopper pattern into the seam lines away from the bank. With slower water, the fish have more time to react to your fly, so good presentations are important.
Ilwaco: Anglers will be allowed to keep wild and hatchery coho salmon beginning Sunday. With a month to go in the fishery, less than half the coho quota has been caught so far.
South Sound: People are catching some chinook, mainly along the Gig Harbor shoreline. There are reports of coho being caught at the north end of Marine Area 11, with some fish weighing 15 pounds being caught off Redondo. Fishing for pinks continues to be very good for shore and boat anglers.
Westport: Boats have been coming in with limits or near limits, but most of the fish have been coho this week. Charter boats have been heading out about 18 miles northwest of Grays Harbor. Water conditions should be decent this weekend. Anglers will be allowed to keep wild and hatchery coho salmon beginning Friday.Contributors: Mike Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Tom Pollack of Sportco, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, salmonuniversity.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Westporrt Charterboat Association, steelheaduniversity.com, gamefishin.com, Rainbow RV Resort, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse, Don Wells Harts Lake Resort. email@example.com