Fishing

Fishing Report: Recreational salmon fishing to open this weekend

Get ready for some salmon.

On Saturday, marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) will open daily for salmon fishing. Marine area 2 (Westport) will open on July 1.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife managers are expecting to see higher numbers of chinook and coho salmon in the ocean than the previous year.

This year, anglers fishing in marine areas 1 and 2 will have a quota of two salmon a day. In areas 3 and 4, the quota will be the same. In all areas anglers must release wild coho.

Also, Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) will be reopening for spot shrimp fishing July 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All shrimp will be available with a daily limit of 80.

LAKES

Spanaway: Fishing has been great here the past couple of weeks. A lot of boaters are coming in after two hours with their limits. Choice of flasher is up to you, Wedding Rings and worms are also popular. Rainbow trout are ranging anywhere from 10-15 inches.

Harts: Fish aren’t biting so well in the heat of the day, so mornings and late evenings are best. Trout and bullhead are being caught with nightcrawlers and marshmallows. Still plenty of crappie to be caught.

Mineral: Fishing has been really good. Anglers have been trolling Wedding Rings and Dick Nites. A lot of success for still fishers using worms and power eggs on the north end of the dock.

RIVERS

Green River: According to Auburn Sports & Marine, this river is good for steelhead. Sand shrimp has the fish biting the best right now.

Wynoochie: Plenty of steelhead are in the river, and fishermen are using small jigs under a float. Side drifting and bottom bouncing with small cluster of eggs has worked well, too.

Yakima: Catch and release with single barbless hooks. Anglers are nymphing with some streamer fishing. Rainbow trout are mostly caught, but there have been few brown trout and cutthroat recently.

Skykomish: Has been fairly decent, but has slowed up. Steelhead are being caught with floats and jigs, spoons and corkies with yarn. Good king salmon fishing in the Wallace River downstream. Most of the fish in the area weigh 8 to 9 points on average. Some have been in the mid-teens.

Skagit: Sockeye has picked up. Anglers are plunking, whether fishing out of a boat or off the bank. Fish are biting on sand shrimp.

SALTWATER

Tacoma: Salmon fishing in the area has been slow, but there’s been a little bit of activity in the morning. Crabbing open Thursday through Monday. Not a lot of Dungeness, but there are plenty of rock crab.

South Sound: Blackmouth fishing continues to be good.

North Sound: Tulalip Bubble fishery has been doing fairly well for king salmon with weights anywhere from 8 to 9 pounds. Open Friday to Sunday at noon. Edmonds Pier has been getting some king salmon, but varies daily.

Gig Harbor / Vashon: Cutthroat fishing has been good in this area. Fish are going for larger baitfish patterns like chum fry, herring, anchovies. Its warming up, which means anglers are fishing top water now. Poppers and Gurglers are recommended.

tholmes@thenewstribune.com

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