Fishing report for Sept. 5


OFFUT: The trout action has showed some signs of improvement, but the action is fair overall. Those fish being caught are large, one weighing about 3 pounds. The smallmouth bass action has been good for boat anglers.

POTHOLES: Bank anglers are having lots of success catching chunky crappie, bluegill and jumbo perch. Cooler nighttime temperatures also have triggered the walleye fall feeding frenzy. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in the Lind Coulee arm, while the sand dunes and Crab Creek channel has been good for largemouth.

SILVER: The bass and crappie action remains very good. The water is still a little warm for the trout to start biting again.

SPANAWAY: The lake is the site of hydroplane races this weekend.

SPENCER: The trout fishing has been fair to good. Try trolling a nightcrawler-tipped Wedding Ring behind some Pop Gear.

TANWAX: The trout fishing has been slow this week.

TAPPS: Smallmouth bass anglers are having to search for the fish a bit more, but are locating them in water 10-25 feet deep. Plastic baits on a drop-shot or Carolina rig have been working best.

WASHINGTON: Perch anglers should head here. The fish can be found in water about 15-20 feet deep, and just outside the weed line. Some of the fish are measuring more than 12 inches long. Put a piece of a nightcrawler completely over the hook and fish it just off the bottom.

Salt water

HOOD CANAL: A few coho and chinook are being caught in the Tahuya-Union area.

ILWACO: Anglers can now keep two chinook salmon as part of their daily limit. They also can keep hatchery and wild coho now. Prior to this, anglers were limited to one chinook and only hatchery coho. The fishing continues to be good, with anglers taking home 1.53 salmon a person last week.

SEKIU: The salmon fishing off Clallam Bay remains very good. People have been finding fish about 50 feet down in water 350-550 feet deep. The action has been in the morning.

SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing has slowed a bit, as the chinook seem to have headed into the rivers and the coho yet to arrive. Some fish are being caught from Three Tree Point to Browns Point, and then from the slag pile to Owen Beach.

WESTPORT: The fishing seem more scattered this week, some days to the south and others to the north. The catch in recent days has been mostly coho. Last week’s average catch was 1.47 salmon per person. Some chinook are topping 30 pounds.


OLYMPIC COAST: The rivers are low and clear, but there are some fishing opportunities. The Sol Duc is a good option for trout, from the mouth to the park boundary. There are some steelhead in the Hoh, but warm and sunny weather could make the water a bit milky.

NISQUALLY: The salmon fishing has been fair.

PUYALLUP: The fishing remains fair, with some salmon being caught.

YAKIMA: Blue wing olive hatches have been occurring mid afternoon. Fly anglers are using a mix of dry flies and nymphs, including summer stoneflies, crane flies and October caddis.