American: The trout fishing has been fair to good. Some people are having success still fishing with green Power Bait fished off the bottom. Other people are catching rainbows and kokanee trolling. Pink seems to be the most effective color, whether its on a dodger or lure.
Black: Damsel fly patterns have been very effective because the lake, and others in the area, seem to be full of them. Other effective patterns are woolly buggers, scuds and chironomids.
Harts: The catfish action has been picking up, including an 18-pound channel catfish. Most people are using worms fished on the bottom. The crappie fishing is very good, while the trout action has been hit and miss.
Leech: The trout fishing has been fair to good. Look to use flies like a size 14 hare’s ear nymph or pheasant tail, or mini-leeches.
Mineral: The trout action has been fair for the most part. People are catching some rainbow trout using pink Power Bait and a worm, or trolling with a green Wedding Ring with a worm behind some silver Pop Gear.
Tanwax: The action for largemouth bass has been fair to good, with some fish weighing 2.5 pounds. One angler reported having lots of success with a Senko worm in green pumpkin. Fishing along the docks has been the most productive.
Columbia: After declining last week, the number of shad making their way through Bonneville Dam rebounded over the weekend (more than 100,000 a day), but dropped off to 58,660 Monday.
Naches: The river is a bit high right now, making a float trip the best option. Using dry flies like a purple trude or caddis are good options.
Skagit: The sockeye action has been slow since the weekend.
Sol Duc: Below average water flows have made fro some good trout fishing. Streamers have been effective in the morning and then people are switching to dry flies when the stoneflies, green drakes and pale morning duns start hatching.
Yakima: The trout fishing has been very good to excellent, but anglers need to be aware that water temperatures are fairly high. Play any hooked fish quickly and do your best not to take them out of the water when removing the hook.
Ilwaco: The fishing has been very good with most anglers bringing home a limit of salmon. Over two-thirds of the catch has been coho, while the rest are chinook.
South Sound: Salmon anglers had some success over the weekend, based on state creel samples. The average catch rate is not great, but some chinook are coming to the net. Most of the fish are weighing 8-14 pounds, with one weighing just shy of 30 pounds. The most consistent spot has been Point Evans, where people are jigging or mooching. Trolling the clay banks and the shelf also is producing some fish. The action in the Olympia area has been slow.
Westport: The fishing was good to very good for chinook and coho. Anglers were fishing in 280-300 feet of water west to southwest of Grays Harbor. Coho could be hooked at just about every depth, while the chinook were running deep at 200 feet. The best action came on a Fish Flash with a white lighting Kingfisher spoon.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640
Contributors: John Keizer of saltpatrol.com, washingtonflyfishing.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, washingtonlakes.com, Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Curt Reed at Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters, Bjorn Beech at The Fly Fisher, Don Wells at harts Lake Resort. firstname.lastname@example.org