Fishing

Admiralty Inlet anglers limited to shoreline fishing

A beam of sunlight hits the Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park adjacent to Port Townsend. The light marks Admiralty Inlet where the Strait of San Juan de Fuca meets Puget Sound.
A beam of sunlight hits the Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park adjacent to Port Townsend. The light marks Admiralty Inlet where the Strait of San Juan de Fuca meets Puget Sound. Staff file

Anglers fishing Admiralty Inlet (Marine Area 9) are limited to the shoreline, as the chinook retention closed July 31.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates that anglers have caught 4,642 fish (83 percent) of the chinook quota of 5,599 fish for the area. The department anticipates that the quota will be met by the end of Sunday, Aug. 6.

The daily limit will be 2 salmon; chum, chinook and wild coho must be released.

LAKES

Spanaway: Fishing in the area has been good, Spanaway Lake Boat House employee Bud Herlitzka said. Anglers are coming back with their limits in the morning as they are finding some nice rainbow on the southeast side of the lake. Anglers are using worms with a bobber or powerbait off the bottom with a five-foot leader.

Mineral: Fishing in the area has been fair according to staff at Mineral Lake resort. Anglers have been catching rainbows and browns with power eggs or worm and a bobber with a two-foot leader.

Harts: Anglers are jigging for crappie and bringing in baskets full of them. Trout, bass and bluegill perch have been caught using nightcrawlers and rubber frogs or lizards.

SALTWATER

Point Defiance: Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staffer Tom Cromie said that the salmon fishing has been decent. There are a mixture of kings, pinks and silvers in the area. Anglers are finding the best success in front of the marina, the clay banks area and the Gig Harbor shoreline. Anglers are mostly trolling, but moochers and jiggers are finding fish too.

South Sound: Kate Slosson, a staffer at Zittel’s Johnson’s Point Marina says that fishing in the area has been good in the late evenings. Henderson Inlet, Devils Head and Johnson’s Point have been the most active for anglers. If you’re looking to fish for blackmouth this may be where you find the most success. Anglers are finding kings and silver in the area as well. They have found success by trolling with herring or using spoons and plugs.

North Sound: Since Area 9 is closed, Anglers have been fishing in Marine Area 10 (Seattle-Bremerton) says Mike Chamberlain of Ted Sports Center in Lynnwood. Anglers are catching mostly chinook, but there are still resident coho in the area ready to be caught.

RIVERS

Skykomish: This area has been spotty for anglers. Steelhead have been available, but anglers are working hard to get them.

Snohomish: From the Highway 9 Bridge down to the railroad bridge is opened for anglers to fish. Pink salmon and hatchery or wild coho are available.

Green River:​ Fishing in the area has been slow due to people swimming in the river, Auburn Sports and Marine staffer Ryan Anderton said. Anglers are putting in lots of work to catch steelhead and rainbow trout. On Aug. 15, the top half of the river will close and the lower half will open Aug. 20.

Yakima: Keo’s Fly Shop employee Casey Schwartz said anglers are still catching trout in the morning and late evening when there is shade on the water. Dry flies are being used in the mornings and evenings, while nymph fishing takes place during the mid day.

tholmes@thenewstribune.com

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