Fishing report for July 1

For those who like their crab fresh, the season opens Thursday in all areas of Puget Sound except Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands), opening later this summer, and Marine Area 13 (Olympia), which is already open.

Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) and Area 12 (Hood Canal) will be open Thursdays-Mondays through Sept. 1.

The limit is five male dungeness crab, which must measure 6.25 inches across. Fishermen can keep six red rock crab, of either sex, and the crab must be 5 inches across.

For more season information, go to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

The count of sockeye salmon at the Ballard locks has shown a slow return. As of Saturday, just 4,024 sockeye have made their way through the locks. The preseason forecast is a return of 167,000 fish, well below the 350,000 fish needed to consider a fishery.


Cushman: People are catching limits of kokanee. Try trolling with a pink min-squid behind a pink-and-cream or pink-and-green dodger. People have been tipping the squid with corn.

Omak: There have been good catches of Lahontan cutthroat trout, with some fish topping 25 inches in length. Many people are trolling, using green Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite spoons.

Riffe: People fishing for the landlocked coho are hitting the east end by the fishing bridge. They are trolling a Wedding Ring or spoon behind pop gear. Some people are using bits of coon shrimp or a night crawler on their lure.

Silver: People are catching trout by trolling, or using PowerBait off the dock. Bass anglers are having success in the morning or evening.

Tapps: Brown plastic lizards set up on a Carolina rig have been effective for smallmouth bass. Look for the fish holding in water 15-20 feet deep.


Columbia: The adult chinook count at Bonneville Dam has been around 2,000 fish a day for the last few days. The sockeye salmon count has been around 22,000 fish a day. The shad count has been dropping for the last week. On Monday, the count was just 9,636 fish.

Nisqually: The river opened for salmon fishing Tuesday, but there were no reports available before press time.

Yakima: Trout fishing has been good. Fly-anglers will want to make sure they have a good supply of size 8 Pat’s Rubber Leg stonefly nymphs, in coffee and black. Fish them about 3 feet under an indicator. Also have pale morning dun and caddis dry flies for the evening hatches.

Salt water

North Sound: Salmon fishing has been very slow in all areas that are open.

South Sound: The salmon action in the Tacoma area has improved early this week. Trolling off the Girl Scout camp, Gig Harbor shoreline and the clay banks has produced fish. Run your gear 10-20 feet off the bottom in water 120-180 feet of water. People also are having some success jigging off Point Evans. People are catching a handful of salmon in the Olympia area.

Westport: Salmon fishing has slowed some, in part because of the weather and in part because bar conditions kept smaller boats in port Sunday. People are catching some fish to the north and straight out from the harbor mouth. Look for fish from 160-200 feet deep in water about 300 feet deep.