Fishing report for July 29


Alder: The kokanee fishing has been very good. Try trolling a red Wedding Ring, or pink or orange hoochies, behind Pop Gear. The best action has been from the boat launch to the dam.

Chelan: The fishing for lake trout has been good to very good. Try trolling the tip of Wapato Point in the morning, fishing the deep water of the trench during the day and along Manson Bay in the evening. Some fish are reaching 13 pounds.

Mineral: The lake was recently planted with 813 catchable-size brown trout.

Swofford: An angler reported catching a 34-inch, 20-pound catfish while fishing at night.

Tanwax: The fishing has been good to very good for yellow perch, bluegill and largemouth bass. The most consistent action has been on a white crappie jig tipped with a maggot. The trout fishing is very slow.

Wenatchee: The sockeye salmon action has been a bit slow. People who are having success are trolling 25-35 feet down with a large silver dodger, trailed by a just a red hook or a Mack’s Lure Double Whammy Pro.


Columbia: The latest update shows the fall adult chinook run at more than 1.51 million fish, which would set the record. The coho run is now forecast at 638,300 fish. There is some good steelhead action in the Gorge, and near the mouth of some of the tributaries.

Cowlitz: The fishing has been very good in the past week. Boat anglers averaged nearly a hatchery summer-run steelhead per person, according to creel sampling, while bank anglers averaged more than a spring chinook jack per rod. Most of the steelhead were sampled at Blue Creek and Mission Bar, while the salmon are neing caught at the barrier dam.

Lewis: Some steelhead are being caught at the mouth of the river.

Nisqually: The action has been slow.

Yakima: This time of year, you fish in the morning and evening. Early in the day, use grasshopper and stonefly dry fly patterns in the seams, then switch to caddis or pale morning dun patterns in the evening.


North Sound: There have been reports of good hatchery chinook action off Point No Point. Most of the fish are weighing between 10-13 pounds. Mooching has been the most effective method at the point.

Sekiu: The coho salmon are making their way into the eastern portion of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. According to state creel samples, anglers are averaging almost a coho per person, with some chinook as well.

South Sound: The salmon fishing around Tacoma has been fair, with some fish being caught off Point Dalco and the clay banks. Some of the chinook are weighing around 20 pounds. The crab action has been good. Down in Olympia, the salmon action has been slow, but the crab action has been good, especially for red rock crab. Crabbers are reminded to keep their pots out of the water when areas are closed. The state is conducting crab pot sweeps, picking up gear when waters are closed.

Westport: The salmon fishing has been good, with most boats heading straight out 20-25 miles from the harbor. Some chinook salmon are weighing more than 20 pounds. Boats heading out for tuna found fish about 26 miles out, but the bite was off. Some boats managed to land about 30 fish.