Fishing report for Puget Sound area lakes, rivers and saltwater


Marine Area 13: King salmon and coho salmon are arriving in numbers just south of the harbor, primarily fishing just outside the Gig Harbor buoy, John Keizer of said in an email Monday. “We had great action on a Green Spatterback squid behind a Pro-Flasher and on a Fish Flash and KingFisher spoon,” Keizer said. “Pro-Cure Bloody Tuna Gel scent worked very well as a scent.”

Marine Area 11: Salmon fishing has slowed up for kings, but they are still being caught, per staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. The kings are biting early in the day in spots such as the Girl Scout Camp area, Gig Harbor shoreline, or out in front of the boathouse. Resident coho can be found around shorelines and in the Point Dalco area. “Wherever you can find little bait, which is everywhere, there’s been some resident coho action there,” staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina said. “Those run anywhere from 2 to 2 1/2 pounds up to about 5 right now. They should be getting a little bigger every day.”


Green River: Not much has changed at Green River, per staff at Auburn Sports and Marine. Steelhead fishing has been tough, and both rainbow and cutthroat trout are occasionally caught. “It’s really died down a lot,” staff at Auburn Sports and Marine said. “There’s not a lot of new fish pushing in.”

Yakima River: Fishing for rainbow trout has been solid, per staff at Red’s Fly Shop. “People are catching a lot of fish,” staff at Red’s Fly Shop said. “A lot of streamer action has been doing really well.” Dry flies are working best during the morning and night. River flows have been average.


American Lake: Similar to the past couple of weeks, fishing has been slow. “People are catching a few, but no real improvement as far as catching fish goes,” David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse said.

Spanaway Lake: Many fishermen have caught their limits on rainbow trout recently, per staff at Spanaway Park Boat House. Fishing has been successful throughout the day, but avoid high-traffic areas where boats come in. For still fishing, a worm and marshmallow or Power Bait off the bottom with a 4-foot leader has worked well. “That’ll bring you in some nice fish,” staff at Spanaway Park Boat House said. “ . . . about a two-hour period for fishing on your limits.” For trolling, go down about 5 feet. Wedding rings and worms have worked, as well as flies.

Harts Lake: Fishermen have been catching crappies by the bucketful, per staff Harts Lake Resort and Deli. Bass and catfish fishing have been slow, and there are no trout being caught. “Most people out here are fishing for crappies,” staff at Hartls Lake Resort and Deli said. Crappie jigs have yielded best results. Most productive color combinations are yellow and red or white and red.