• Ocean salmon fishing about to kick off.
• Crab season opens Monday in Marine Area 13.
• Dry fly action on Yakima River has been very good.
The ocean salmon fishing season will begin in earnest Sunday. Fishing in all four coastal marine areas will be open until June 12, seven days per week, with a two-salmon daily limit. In areas 3 and 4, anglers also are allowed to keep two additional pink salmon. Anglers must release wild chinook and all coho. Fishing will continue June 13, but with some changes in regulations.
There have been reports of chinook already being hooked by anglers pursuing rockfish and lingcod, so charter boat captains are encouraged that the season should start out well.
AMERICAN: The trout action from shore has been fair to good. Some of the fish are topping 20 inches in length. Dough baits, Power Eggs and worms have been effective.
CHELAN: The lower basin has been the hot spot for suspended kokanee, while people fishing for lake trout have been concentrating on the Barrens area in water 210-225 feet deep. People fishing in Mill Bay are hooking rainbow and cutthroat trout.
MINERAL: People are catching limits of rainbow trout. People are having success using lemon-lime or white Power Eggs with a worm or marshmallow on a 4- to 5-foot leader. Spinners and pink Wedding Rings are working for those who prefer to troll.
POTHOLES: Anglers are having success catching crappie and bluegill off docks. Some of crappie are weighing 1.5 pounds, while bluegill are reaching close to 1 pound.
RIFFE: The morning action for landlocked salmon has been very good by Taidnapam Dam, with the fish holding from just below the surface to 25 feet deep. Later in the day, look for the fish close to the bottom in water 50 feet deep.
TANWAX: Trout fishing has been very good. People are using flourescent orange or red Power Eggs on a 3- to 4-foot leader.
COLUMBIA: The number of shad passing through Bonneville Dam jumped from 7,525 fish on Wednesday to 21,758 on Thursday. So this weekend might be the first with good fishing below the dam.
YAKIMA: The dry-fly fishing has been very good. Look for hatches of caddis, golden stoneflies, pale morning duns and flying ants. When all else fails, try a size 12 ant pattern. River conditions are good for wade fishing. Look for fish holding behind boulders in the middle, as well as deeper holes and seams.
FLY-FISHING: The action for coastal cutthroat trout has been fair to good. Some anglers are reporting having success fishing a top water sand lance pattern.
SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 13 has been a bit slow recently, with a few fish being caught at Green Point, Point Gibson and Wollochet Bay. Lingcod fishing has been slow. Salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island) reopens Monday. The minimum size for chinook will be 22 inches. Crab fishing in Area 13 will open Monday. See Sunday’s Adventure section for details.
WESTPORT: Good ocean conditions have made for some good action on rockfish and ling cod.