The sockeye salmon count at the Ballard Locks is steadily declining. After the daily count hit a high of 2,900 sockeye on July 18, the dailu count was down to 297 fish on Saturday. The total count is 59,028 sockeye.
Also, anglers who are headed to the eastside and planning to stay at a state park should check the park’s status online before leaving. Some parks, such as Pearrygin, have been opening and closing because of wildfire threats. Pearrygin was scheduled to reopen Wednesday, Aug. 6.
BAKER: The sockeye fishing slowed down over the weekend. The action has been in the morning, and the fish seem to be holding about 25-35 feet down.
CLEAR (Pierce) : The lake is producing limits of kokanee. Look for the fish holding 30-35 feet down in water 60-80 feet deep. Trolling a corn-tipped lure behind a dodger has been effective.
MINERAL: The lake was planted with a second batch of brown trout recently. The 813 fish weighed a little more than one-third of a pound.
TANWAX: The bass, crappie and yellow perch fishing has been good, while the trout fishing has been slow. A crappie jig tipped with a maggot, or sometimes a worm, has been effective for the crappie and perch.
SPENCER : The trout fishing has finally been slowed by warmer water temperatures. People are using gang trolls followed by a Wedding Ring, or they are drifting a worm with a red bead slid down on top of the worm and a split shot sinker on the line.
BUOY 10: The fishery is off to a fair to good start. Try fishing on the Washington side, with a herring trailing an in-line flasher.
COLUMBIA: The salmon fishing is slow, but anglers are catching quite a few steelhead in the lower river
COWLITZ: Up at the barrier dam, bank anglers are catching some spring chinook and summer-run steelhead, while boat anglers are catching steelhead around the trout hatchery.
WYNOOCHEE: The steelhead action has been hit or miss, with a few fish caught here and there. A bobber and jig or spinners have been working.
YAKIMA: In the lower canyon, the best action seems to be in the morning these days. Try casting size 8 or 10 stonefly-grasshopper dry flies into prime lies. Around Benton City, the smallmouth bass fishing has been good.
SEKIU: The coho fishing remains very good, based on weekend creel checks. Anglers checked at resorts here average just about a coho per person, with some chinook landed as well.
SOUTH SOUND: The chinook fishing showed signs of improvement, with some of the best numbers of fish landed in Tacoma waters this summer. While certainly not great, it was an uptick in the action. Trolling along the clay banks has produced fish each day recently, while jigging off Point Evans during the high tide also has been good. The mouth of the Puyallup River is now open and should produce a few fish. Crabbing has been fair in recent days, with lots of females being caught. Fishing pressure around Olympia has been light, and so has been the catch.
WESTPORT: The salmon fishing remains the same, very good. Some boats are running out about 17 miles, while others are staying close to shore off Ocean Shores. During Saturday’s Washington Tuna Classic, the tuna were about 45 miles southwest of the harbor. Team All Rivers & Saltwater Charters topped the 60-team field with a total catch of 130.04 pounds. The largest tuna landed was a 33-pounder caught by Team One Time.