Ilwaco: The salmon fishing continues to improve week to week. Last week, the average catch was 1.65 salmon per angler, the best it has been all season. The vast majority of the catch has been coho, a 9-to-1 ratio of coho to chinook. The albacore tuna fishing has picked up, with schools of fish being found 35-40 miles out.
South Sound: The salmon fishing from Tacoma to Olympia has been very slow. Anglers in the Tacoma also are having to deal with a lot of sea lions, who might be chasing off the salmon. Some chinook are being caught off the clay banks.
Westport: The action was slower early in the week, but has slowly improved as we reach the weekend. Much of the action for chinook has been about 20 miles west of the harbor mouth, while heading north to the Quinault Beach Casino is a good spot for coho. The average catch remains almost 1.5 salmon per person for the season.
Cowlitz: Hit the Blue Creek area if you want to hook a summer-run steelhead. Side drifting with small pieces of shrimp and a corky has been working well. Back trolling with plugs, shrimp or eggs also has been effective.
Skykomish: There have been consistent catches of summer-run steelhead this week, even with the low water levels. Side drifting has been the most effective method.
Wynoochee: There are fish in the river, but people are having to work hard to hook a steelhead. Try using a bobber and jig or small eggs fished on the bottom.
Yakima: The trout fishing has been fair to good, in part because of the heavy rains that hit the area Wednesday night. The best action remains in the hours of early evening when the caddis hatch begins.
American: People are catching some kokanee, just not a lot of them. Use a dodger trailed by a pink mini-squid tipped with corn. People have been finding fish off the southwest corner of the island.
Baker: The sockeye salmon fishing is improving as more fish are reaching the lake.
Bradley: Some large rainbow trout have been feeding on the surface in the evening. Fly anglers might have the advantage, using an emerger pattern or a small leech or woolly bugger.
Island: The trout action has been good to very good. Put a small split shot above a nightcrawler with a small red bead just above the nightcrawler. Cast it out and let it drift to the bottom and then retrieve it. Elk hair caddies, ant patterns and emergers are doing well.
Offut: The cooler weather has led to more limits of trout being caught. Most people are using a combination of worm and Power Bait fished just 2 feet off the bottom. Action has been best in the morning. The bass and perch action has been very good during the day.
Spanaway: Limits of trout are being caught at the south end of the lake and near the bridge. Dock fishing has been fair with Power Bait Eggs tipped with a worm.
Tanwax: The crappie and perch fishing has been very good. Use a crappie jig tipped with a maggot. Plastic worms cast under the docks has been producing some good catches of largemouth bass. The trout action has been slow.
Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Westport Charter Boat Association, washingtonlakes.com, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Tom Pollack at Sportco,Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service, steelheaduniversity.com,Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Rainbow RV Resort, Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort.