Mineral: Boat anglers are catching trout using worms and marshmallows fished off the bottom on a three-foot lead. Dock fishing is slow. The lake will close to fishing after Sept. 30.
Potholes: The walleye have moved and seem to be congregating among the humps outside of the dunes. Deep diving plugs or worm harnesses have been effective. Bass fishing has been best just outside the dunes or in the Lind Coulee arm.
Spencer: Most people are still fishing with nightcrawlers or Power Bait, or trolling very slowly with Wedding Ring-style lures.
Washington: The salmon fishing has been fair. People are having some success with flashers and chartreuse hoochies, jigging or trolling with lure such as a Wiggle Wart. Hunts and Yarrow points have been productive locations.
Carbon: Some chinook are being caught, although some are already dark.
Chehalis: The coho action has been off and on. People have been hooking a lot of jacks.
Columbia: Fishing for hatchery chinook on the river from Buoy 10 to Warrior Rock has again been extended through Sept. 30. The latest run forecast and harvest estimates show anglers have not reached their catch limits. Pro Troll flashers and Superbaits have been effective.
Duwamish/Green: The coho fishing has been slow. There seem to be plenty of fish in the river, they just don’t seem to be willing to bite too much. Eggs and Blue Fox spinners are resulting in some hookups.
Yakima: The river is in good shape and the trout fishing has been good to very good. Fly anglers are seeing hatches of summer stoneflies, blue wing olives, light cahills and a few October caddis. Flows are holding steady around 1,200 cubic feet per second, good for wade fishing.
Clams: In case you did not see the report earlier this week, the state has delayed the opening of razor clam digging at Long Beach. The first dig of the season is scheduled to open Oct. 14. The delay was caused by levels of domoic acid in clams at Long Beach exceeding the safety threshold. State officials are monitoring levels at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks, which are currently below the threshold.
Fly fishing: The action for coastal cutthroat trout has been consistently good. There are also some smaller coho hitting flies, but remember they must be released as do the cutthroat. Miniceivers, Shock and Awes, Clouser minnows and marine worms are working well.
North Sound: The fishing for chinook around the San Juan Islands has improved slightly in the last week.
South Sound: The jigging for squid has been fair this week. Salmon fishing remains closed until the waters south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge reopens Oct. 1.
Westport: There are some large hatchery coho returning to the boat basin. Try using a 7/8-ounce Flying J Mepps spinner, casting in front of the fish as you see them. People are still catching tuna, having to run 35-50 miles out to find the fish.
Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Kevin Lanier of KC Sportfishing Charters, salmonuniversity.com, Point Defiance Boathouse, Terry Wiest of steelheaduniversity.com, northwestfishingreports.com, Worley Bugger Fly Co., Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center, Puget Sound Fly Co.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640