South Puget Sound area fishing report for Sept. 6

Fishing report for South Puget Sound.
Fishing report for South Puget Sound.


American: The action has been slow of late and rain Tuesday only made it slower, said David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse.

Mineral: Doreen Douglas of Mineral Lake Resort says with weather predicted to warm up later in the week, “we’re anticipating some good fishing.” Fishing is best at the north end of the lake, she said. Use a 2-foot leader and worms or glitter marshmallows.

Offut: Becky Pogue of Offut Lake Resort says some nice trout are showing up, but the bite has not been stellar.

Silver (Pierce): Power Bait seems to be the best option for rainbows.

Spanaway: Still fishing is good for rainbow and brown trout, said Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Lake Boathouse. He recommends using a leader with worm and marshmallow. Trolling has been slow, but anglers are catching perch and bass from the shoreline. Hydroplane races will take place Saturday and Sunday, and the boat ramp will be closed to the public.

Tanwax: The Rainbow RV Resort, now open year-round, reports bluegill, perch and crappie are biting. A crappie jig with maggots or worms is the best option. Trout fishing is slow.

Ward: Try orange and pink hoochies to catch trout and kokanee.

Eastern Washington: On Lake Chelan, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Guide Service says lake trout are biting in the morning at the Bar at 118-150 feet. Head out during the first hour of daylight and troll at a speed of 1.1-1.4 mph. He’s been using a green drift rig. The trench has produced fish later in the mornings. On the Potholes Reservoir, perch and crappie fishing has been good.


Cispus: Last week, Tacoma Power released 63 spring chinook adults and eight jacks upstream of the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Columbia: The Buoy 10 fishery has been extended to Sept. 14 because of a low catch rate.

Cowlitz: Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 248 spring chinook adults, 27 jacks, 11 mini-jacks, 151 fall chinook adults, nine jacks, five coho adults, one coho jack, 264 summer-run steelhead adults and three cutthroat at the salmon hatchery separator. The agency released 172 spring chinook adults, 14 spring chinook jacks and one coho at Packwood’s Franklin Bridge.

Nisqually: Closed through Nov. 15 to protect coho salmon, according the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Samish: Action has been good here for a few weeks, but expect crowds.

Tilton: Last week, Tacoma Power released 131 fall chinook adults, eight jacks, four coho adults, one coho jack and three cutthroat at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park. No fishing is allowed within 25 feet of the fish release site because state officials want to protect recently released coho and chinook salmon.


South Sound: The area closed to crabbing on Monday and is closed to salmon fishing until Marina Area 13 (Olympia) reopens Oct. 1. The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff says squid fishing has been good off the docks at night.

Grays Harbor: The North Bay fishery is open through Sept. 24 with a daily limit of two salmon. Wild coho must be released.

Willapa Bay: Anglers can keep to four adult salmon as part of their daily six-salmon limit. Wild chinook must be released.