Area fishing report for August 8, 2017


Marine Area 11: Salmon fishing in the area Monday was slow for kings, according to staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. With that being said, this is the time of year where fishing begins to pick back up.

“These fish have to come into this area to head to the local rivers and streams to spawn,” a boathouse employee said. “I anticipate in the next couple days, mature Chinook salmon should pick right back up again.”

Some pink salmon have been found, as well as resident coho around the shoreline. Trolling with kelp lines for the pink salmon, which range from 3-5 pounds, has been productive.

Marine Area 10: Most fish caught are in the 8- to 10-pound range, up to the middle teens and occasionally the low 20s, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.

“Pretty much all the traditional areas are still churning out some fish,” Chamberlain said. “Varying from day to day because these are all migratory fish, and they’re here today and gone tomorrow.”


American Lake: Fishing has been slow the past few weeks, and this week was no different, said David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse. Despite the lack of results, a pair of 16- to 18-inch fish was caught Monday.

Spanaway Lake: Fishing for rainbow trout has been excellent, per staff at Spanaway Park Boat House.

Trolling a wedding ring with a worm has yielded the best results, and many limits have been brought in.

A few brown trout have also been caught.

Silver: The lake temperature is about 73 degrees, and trout don’t like it, a staffer at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort said.

Anglers are catching an occasional trout, but the bass are loving it, the staff member said. People are catching bass off the lily pads.

Big, rubber worms have been an efficient way to catch the fish.


Skykomish River: Steelhead fishing has been “sorta ho-hum,” because of low water conditions, Chamberlain said.

“Some guys who are there on the right day, they’ve done OK,” Chamberlain said. “So there definitely is an opportunity for summer-run steelhead fishing there.”

Yakima River: Fishing with grasshopper lures has yielded positive results, per staff at Red’s Fly Shop.; @LukeAGarza