▪ Low water flows and high temperatures are causing river closures across the Pacific Northwest.
▪ The only success to be found on the Yakima River is early in the morning, beginning at 6.
▪ Pink salmon fishing in the Puget Sound is outstanding right now.
WESTPORT: Chinook fishing remains strong but only if weather permits. If waters stay calm, fishing off Copalis is netting good results. Coho are still hit or miss.
PIER 86: The pier owned by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be closed starting Aug. 6 for Hempfest in Seattle. According to the WDFW, it will reopen on Aug. 17
NORTH SOUND: Pink salmon fishing has been “phenomenal” according to Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center, adding that checks at the Everett ramp are showing the highest catch-per-boat average they have ever seen. “Anybody that has even an inkling of what’s going on should have no problem catching their fish,” he said. “It’s been that good.” Beach fishing on Whidbey Island and Mukilteo also is producing good results.
BIG QUILCENE: Salmon fishing will not open, and fishing will close on all waters of the river from the mouth to Highway 101 effective Aug. 16. Flows are well below average and water temperatures are very high, which point to why the river will not be opening. Information from WDFW press release.
NEWAUKUM: Fishing on all portions of the river closed effective Aug. 11, according to a WDFW press release. This includes all tributaries. Low water levels are forcing fish into fewer concentrated pools, where they are more vulnerable to fishing pressure. High water temperatures are also to blame.
BLACK: Fishing will on the river in Grays Harbor and Thurston counties effective Aug. 12. Like other rivers, low stream flows and high water temperatures are forcing the closure to protect the fish from stress.
WIND: Some steelhead are being caught by anglers.
LOWER COLUMBIA: 867 anglers and 97 boats managed to haul in 257 steelhead and a smattering of other species in small quantities. Sixty-one percent of the steelhead were kept.
BUOY 10: Since Aug. 6, checks at the ports of Chinook and Ilwaco plus Fort Canby ramps have averaged nearly a chinook or better per boat.
YAKIMA: Anglers are battling warm water temperatures. The Evening Hatch reports they are taking clients out at 6 a.m. and are out by noon. Fishing is good for the first couple hours but starts to die down as temperatures rise. Using nymphs like feather tails are working.
MINERAL: Fishing is looking good across the board. Trolling is netting good results with spinners. Dock anglers are still doing pretty well. The most success is coming from boaters, who are able to reach undisturbed areas and are able to troll. Use PowerBait for rainbow trout and worm and marshmallow for brown trout. Anglers are using 4-foot leaders to reach the bottom of the water where it’s cooler.
DRANO: Anglers averaged more than one steelhead per rod, but about two of every three caught were wild and had to be released. Some chinook also were caught.