South Sound fishing report for week of July 19

The fishing for yellow perch in Lake Washington has been very good.
The fishing for yellow perch in Lake Washington has been very good. Courtesy


American: The fishing hasn’t been great, but some kokanee are being caught. A red Wedding Ring, tipped with corn, trolled about 60-70 feet down has been producing strikes.

Baker: The sockeye salmon fishery has been hit and miss the past week. Some people are going home empty-handed, while others are taking home fish.

Chelan: The best action for lake trout has been on the bar and Manson Bay. A T4 Purple Glow Flatfish has been the best lure by far. Troll at speeds of 1-1.3 mph, with your lure 5 feet off the bottom. Early morning action has been best because there are fewer pleasure boats out.

Clear (Pierce): Anglers are finding plenty of fish on their electronics; the issue has been getting them to bite. Look for trout holding in water about 60 feet deep.

Washington: Those fishing for yellow perch are finding plenty of action for fish measuring up to almost 13 inches long. Strips of perch meat have been the best bait. Gulp minnows in the emerald shiner pattern have been hooking smaller perch.


Cedar: In the morning, fish near the bottom with a Pat’s Rubber Legs, or prince, lightning bug or pheasant tail nymphs. In the evening, switch to dry fly patterns, such as yellow stimulators, mayflies and caddis.

Columbia: A state creel check of 28 anglers in the lower river showed they caught 27 legally-sized fish. Most of the fish were caught in the Kalama area. The state also checked 1,466 anglers on the lower river last week, and they had a catch that included 56 adult and nine jack summer chinook, 192 steelhead and 30 sockeye.

Yakima: The trout fishing has been good to very good. The river flows have settled into typical normal levels and the clarity is good. Dry fly fishing with stoneflies has been good in the morning and caddis flies during the last hour of daylight.


Fly fishing: The coastal cutthroat trout fishery continues to be a good option. Anglers wanting to hook a chinook are using Clouse minnow patterns. That fishery should improve as the month progresses.

North Sound: Look for chinook holding about 120-150 feet down in water 300-350 feet deep. Silver Horde spoons trolled behind a silver flasher have been producing strikes.

South Sound: The salmon fishing has been slowed by the large tidal changes early this week. The fishing, especially in the morning, should improve as the week progresses. Look for chinook along the Gig Harbor shoreline, off Point Evans and the shelf area. Jigging and trolling have been the best methods. People have been catching crab in water 80-85 feet deep in the Tacoma area. Off Olympia, some crab are being caught 100 feet down.

Westport: During the weekend, anglers were heading out 10-15 miles to the southwest of the harbor and finding plenty of chinook weighing 17-20 pounds. Early in the day, look for fish about 90 feet down, then 120-150 feet deep later in the day. Cured anchovies trolled behind a Fish Flash has been an effective setup. Action for bottomfish remains very good.

Contributors: John Keizer of saltpatrol.com, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Red’s Fly Shop, The Evening Hatch, Anton Jones at Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, northwestfishingreports.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Blake Merwin of Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Creekside Angling Co.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640