It’s free fishing weekend, and several areas are expected to be busy. Anglers won’t need a fishing license Saturday or Sunday, but all other rules are in effect. Catch record cards are required for any salmon or steelhead.
South Sound: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing in the area is good. Try jigging or mooching near Point Evans. Anglers also are doing well in other areas, including the Gig Harbor shoreline and near the Clay Banks and Girl Scout camp. Lingcod fishing is slow, and pressure has been light.
Westport: Salmon fishing has been good. Last weekend, the first of the season for Ocean Area 2 (Leadbetter Point to the Queets River), 780 anglers caught 427 fish.
La Push: Through Sunday, 36 anglers failed to catch any chinook.
Neah Bay: Through Sunday, 825 anglers combined to catch 155 chinook in the area between Cape Alava and the U.S.-Canada border.
Columbia: Salmon fishing has slowed down lately, but anglers are scoring some spring chinook in The Dalles and John Day pools.
Cowlitz: Some spring chinook are biting near the barrier dam.
Olympic Coast: The Hoh, Bogachiel and Calawah rivers reopen Saturday.
Wenatchee: Friday, the Wenatchee River opened to spring chinook fishing for the first time in almost 20 years. The daily limit is two fish measuring at least 12 inches and marked with a clipped adipose fin. All wild chinook must be released.
Yakima: Trout are biting on versions of lightning bugs and pheasant tail nymphs, in sizes 14 and 16, and fished under an indicator.
Crews are stocking 20 lakes with 10,000 11/2-pound triploid rainbow trout for the June 14-15 Father’s Day weekend. Some South Sound lakes that will be stocked for Father’s Day include American, Clear, Hicks and Mason lakes, and Elma’s Vance Creek Pond No. 2.
Harts: A good option to try for crappie, while trout and catfish anglers are having to work a little harder.
Mineral: People are catching limits of trout, most measuring 11-12 inches. Some rainbow and brown trout are measuring 16-18 inches. Most people are fishing with light-colored marshmallows and Power Eggs on a 4- to 6-foot leader. Worms also are working for still-fishing or trolling.
Munn: The best fishing has been early and late in the day.
Tanwax: Anglers have caught trout from the boats and the docks. PowerBait and worms, or trolling with yellow or green Wedding Rings ought to do the trick.
Potholes: Walleye are biting on the reservoir, according to the staff at MarDon Resort. Crappie fishing is starting to pick up on the resort’s dock. Warming surface water temperatures has helped improve bass fishing. Yellow perch and rainbow trout also are biting.
Seep Lakes: MarDon Resort reports rainbow fishing is good in Corral Lake. Warden, Canal, Heart, Windmill and Hampton lakes also are good for trout fishing. Fish from the bank using PowerBait. The resort recommends using spinners on the Seep Lakes below O’Sullivan Dam.Staff writers Craig Hill and Jeffrey P. Mayor contributed to this report.