Fishing report for June 18


Chelan: The best action for lake trout has been in the evening along Manson Bay, or fishing the “Bar” in the mornings. People also are starting to catch kokanee fishing in the lower basin. For lakers, try trolling a Silver Horde needlefish squid rig behind a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow. As for kokanee, the larger fish have been caught in depths greater than 100 feet.

Long (Kitsap County): The trout fishing has been fair to good. Cast woolly buggers and zebra nymphs toward the lily pads.

Omak: People are catching a lot of Lahontan cutthroat trout. Try using Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in the glow green. Most of the fish are 12 to 14 inches long, but some bigger fish are being landed.

Sammamish: Fans of yellow perch might want to make the drive here. People are catching plenty of perch, some measuring 13-14 inches long. Using a dropshot rig with worms has been effective.

Summit: The kokanee action has been an odd mix. People are catching a good number of smaller fish, about 7 inches, and a few larger fish. As of late, most kokanee have hit a worm. Look for the fish deep, about 55-70 feet down.

Tanwax: Fishing for trout, bass and crappie has been slow in the last few days, but the action should pick up with warmer weather. Chad Weslund of Eatonville won the Father’s Day fishing derby, landing a rainbow trout weighing 5 pounds, 8 ounces. He used a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm. Because of the slow action, there are about 100 trophy trout stocked for the derby still in the lake.


Columbia: Creel checks of 1,523 anglers below Bonneville Dam showed they kept with 208 adult and 13 jack spring chinook, 97 steelhead and seven sockeye. Sturgeon fishing has been good in the Kalama area, as well as in the Bonneville Pool. The state also sampled 448 shad anglers, and they had kept 1,807 shad and released 28.

Cowlitz: Anglers are doing well fishing for spring chinook between the hatcheries. Some summer-run steelhead also are being caught. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 172 spring chinook adults, 124 jacks and 117 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Lewis: The fishing has been slow. The adult spring chinook return as of Sunday is 903 adults, including 16 wild origin. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.

Skagit: The sockeye action was slow over the weekend, in part because of the extreme tidal changes. A few fish were caught, but they were few and far between.

Yakima: The upper river is producing some good catches of rainbow trout. Try using a Chubby Chernobyl, with a size 14 lightning bog or pheasant tail nymph as a dropped. Look for pale morning dun hatches in the afternoon. With the river at summer levels, look for the trout holding tight to the bank.

Salt water

South Sound: The salmon fishing around Tacoma has been fair, but requiring some work to land a chinook. The Gig Harbor shoreline, Point Dalco and the Girl Scout camp have been producing some fish. The action down around Olympia has been slow.

Westport: The fishing was very good over the weekend, with many charter boats coming back early with their limits of chinook and coho. Many boats were headed north of the Quinault Casino, finding fish in water about 200 feet deep.