ALDER: Kokanee anglers are having success, mainly trolling from Alder Lake Park near the island. Look for the fish in water 30-40 feet deep. Trolling Wedding Rings behind pop gear was effective last weekend.
KAPOWSIN: Action for largemouth bass has been good to very good. Try spinnerbaits or green 5-inch plastic worms. Some of the fish are weighing close to 4 pounds.
SPANAWAY: Head to the south end and use worms and marshmallows for the best chance to catch rainbows. Try using a worm under a bobber for perch and rock bass. The lake will be closed Saturday and Sunday for inboard hydroplane races.
SPENCER: Trout action has been slow, mainly because the water temperatures are still a bit high.
WARD: Kokanee fishermen are still catching limits, it is just taking a little longer. Fish seem to be holding 25-30 feet deep. A pink dodger trailing a pink or purple hoochie tipped with Fire Corn has been effective.
HOOD CANAL: Some chinook are still being caught, and anglers are reporting their first catches of coho and chum salmon. Jigging Point Wilson Darts in white, or green and white, has been working.
SOUTH SOUND: Fishing off the mouth of the Puyallup River has been the place to be for catching pink salmon. Pink-colored jigs or flies will work best. Some coho are being caught, and there are a few chinook being caught off the Gig Harbor shoreline and off the Girl Scout camp.
WESTPORT: Salmon were in close to shore, with most of the action coming just over the Grays Harbor bar right off No. 3 buoy. There was a good mix of kings and coho, and limiting out was very easy. Trolling either herring or anchovies behind a Fish Flash was a good combo kings. The coho came on any Sliver Horde spoon or Pro-Troll flasher Gold Star squid combination. Tuna fishing is still very good. Most tuna boats were headed 35 miles southwest of Westport.
GREEN: Coho action in the Tukwila area has been off and on. One angler reported having success using a black and purple Marabou jig. People also are catching pinks, especially lower in the river.
NISQUALLY: The river is producing a mix of chinook and pinks. Drifting bait under a float has been working for chinook, while pink or orange corkies and yarn has worked well for pinks.
OLYMPIC COAST: Rain has brought river levels up and added some needed color to the water. The Sol Duc is producing a mix of summer-run steelhead, coho and sea-run cutthroat trout. The Hoh might not be fishable until early next week.
PUYALLUP: Reports have been mixed. Some people are catching pinks, chinook or coho, and others are going home empty-handed. The key has been being patient and putting time in on the water. Corkies and yarn have been the most effective setup. Recreational fishing, from the 11th Street Bridge to the mouth of the White River, is open through Saturday, then Sept. 11-14, 18-21 and 26-28.
SKOKOMISH: The river is closed until Sept. 15.
YAKIMA: Overall action has been mixed, but the most consistent catches have been on dry flies. Pack your favorite grasshopper patterns, as well as other terrestrials. River flows, measured at Untanum, were at 2,330 cubic feet per second Tuesday afternoon.Contributors: Frances Farinas Ragel of the Spanaway Park Boathouse, John Keizer of saltpatrol.com, washingtonlakes.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, gamefishin.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Curt Reed at Waters West, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 email@example.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors