Eric Short landed a 17.30-pound chinook and a $3,500 check as the winner of the South King County Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers’ salmon derby Aug. 6. In second place was Greg Cascade, earning $1,500 for his 16.80-pound salmon. Taking third, and earning $1,000, was Tony Frigerio with a 16.55-pound fish. Overall, there were 41 fish checked in.
On Saturday (Aug. 13), the Gig Harbor Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers will have its 21st annual derby. Go to gigharborpsa.org for details.
American: The kokanee fishing has been fair to good. Anglers are finding fish 25-35 feet down in water about 60 feet deep. They have been trolling small dodgers trailed by a small spinner and hoochie tipped with scented corn.
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Baker: The sockeye fishing has been hit and miss. Look for fishing holding 50-55 feet down. Anglers are reporting success fishing near Ermine and Silver creeks.
Potholes: The largemouth bass action is good among the sand dunes, while the smallmouth fishing has been very good along the face of the dam, Lind Coulee and around Goose Island. Walleye fishing is slow overall.
Sammamish/Washington: The state has announced the lakes will reopen to fishing for trout and other game fish on Sept. 1. State and tribal co-managers agreed that encounters with protected coho salmon will be low during these fisheries.
Wenatchee: This still remains the best option for anglers wanting to catch sockeye. The fish have been holding 65-75 feet down. A chrome dodger with bare hooks on a short leader has been effective in producing strikes.
Nisqually: The chinook fishing remains very slow.
Yakima: The action, while still good, has tapered off along with the summer stonefly hatch. Right now, grasshopper patterns are probably the best dry fly pattern to use. The action is still best in the morning and evening. River flows are still hovering around 4,000 cubic feet per second, above the norm of about 3,500 cfs.
Fly fishing: The action for searun cutthroat trout has been good, and coho are starting to show up in greater numbers. Anglers are reminded that coho are catch-and-release in most marine areas.
Ilwaco: Beginning Tuesday, anglers will be able to keep two chinook as part of their two-salmon daily limit. All wild coho must be released. The state OK’d the change because enough fish remain in the guideline without having to shut the fishery early.
North Sound: The daily limit for salmon in Marine Area 10 (Seattle-Bremerton) has been rasied to two hatchery chinook now through then the area closes at 11:59 p.m. Monday. Anglers have caught just 50 percent of the area’s quota, allowing fishing to continue through the scheduled closing date and increase the limit. Fishing for spot shrimp in Marine Area 6, the eastern portion of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, will close at 9 p.m. Sunday.
South Sound: Look for chinook fairly close to shore early in the day. Troll a flasher with a spoon or artificial squid about 25-35 feet down in water 40-50 feet deep, then move farther out as the day progresses. The Gig Harbor shoreline and off the Point Defiance Boathouse have been producing fish. Crabbing remains slow overall.
Westport: The chinook fishing has been good, with anglers averaging 1.5 chinook per person on Wednesday. Most fish are being caught in water 200-250 feet deep. Some fish are reaching 30 pounds. Last week’s average of .81 chinook per angler was the highest of the season. The tuna have moved farther out, about 65 miles from the port.
Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Blake Merwin of Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, Westport Charter Boat Association, salmonuniversity.com, gamefishin.com, northwestfishingreports.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse.
Largemouth breaks 39-year-old record
The 12.53-pound largemouth bass caught Aug. 8 by Bill Evans of Bothell at Lake Bosworth has broken the 39-year-old state record. The fish measured 23 inches long and had a girth of 22.5 inches. The record fish was confirmed Friday by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The previous record fish was caught by Carl Pruitt in 1977 at Banks Lake. The bass weighed 11.57 pounds.
Evans, who just started bass fishing in the state this year, was fishing the small Snohomish County lake with a Strike King 5-inch Shim-E-Stick, according to a news release from the agency.
“As soon as I set the hook, I knew it had to be a big one because the bottom pulled hard and it just wouldn’t quit,” Evans said in the release., “When she finally tried to jump, she could only get her head out of the water.
“I put her in the livewell, but she didn’t even fit – her tail stuck out”.