July 22 Fishing Report


South Sound: Fishing has been decent, according to the staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. One angler recently landed a 29-pound salmon. Mooching and jigging is working best, with fish scattered in various location. However, the best fishing spot seems to be the Clay Banks.

North Sound: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood said crabbing continues to be excellent. Salmon fishing, on the other hand, has only been fair, he said. The area that has been most consistent has been Jefferson Head to Point No Point.

Neah Bay: Anglers are catching fish offshore in deep water, Chamberlain said.

Westport: The Westport Charterboat Association’s most recent report indicated charters landed five or six chinook per boat while fishing near the casino at a depth of about 100 feet.


Pierce County issued a toxic algae warning for several lakes last week. Spanaway, Ohop, Whitman and Twin lakes were listed. The county health department advises people not to swim, wade or fish in areas with algae. For information, visit

American: Mike Barr of Bill’s Boathouse said he was off the water by 7:30 a.m. Tuesday with a limit of kokanee. He found success using a hoochie but said others had luck with other standard gear.

Baker: Sockeye fishing has been decent, Chamberlain said.

Tanwax: The action has been slow but is showing signs of picking up, according to Rainbow Resort.

Washington: Slow, but some anglers are catching cutthroat.

Eastern Washington: Fishing reportedly has been good at Lake Wenatchee and the Brewster area, Chamberlain said, but wildfires are keeping anglers away. On Lake Chelan, trolling for mackinaw has been best mid-morning near Wapato Point, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. He also recommends The Bar or Colyar Ledge. For trout, try Manson Bay in the evening.


Olympic Peninsula: The water is low, and not many anglers are bothering right now.

Skykomish: King fishing is winding down, and steelhead fishing is slow because of the dropping water level. A few fish are being caught each day in the Reiter Ponds area.