Fishing report for Aug. 1

Salt water

FLY FISHING: The action has been fair in the last week or so. People are reporting catching some resident coho and a few searun cutthroat trout, just not a lot of them. Clouser minnows are an effective pattern to begin with. Remember, searruns must be released.

ILWACO: The salmon fishing continues to be very good, although the average catch dropped just a big last week. Data through Sunday showed angler’s averaged 1.33 salmon per person. The ratio of coho caught versus chinook was 6-1. Look for fish in water 260-280 feet deep.

NORTH SOUND: There has been some improvement in the salmon fishing in marine area 9 and 10. Fishing has been fair to good from Pilot Point to Point No Point on the morning tide, as well as the eastside of Marrowstone Island.

SOUTH SOUND: A few chinook weighing more than 20 pounds have been caught, which is a good sign headed into Saturday’s South King County Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby. The derby is headquartered at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina.

WESTPORT: The average catch last week rose a bit, from 1.31 salmon per anglers to 1.40, with anglers catching three coho for each chinook caught. The best action continues to be about 23 miles straight west from the harbor mouth. A 35-pound chinook was brought in earlier this week, and the coho are getting larger.


ALDER: While the size might not be the same as at American Lake, here anglers can keep up to 10 kokanee a day, as well as five trout.

AMERICAN: This is the place to be if you want to catch kokanee. State fish biologist Larry Phillips said the action is the best it has been in the last 15-20 years. Some of the fish are measuring 16-18 inches long.

BLACK: The bass anglers have been having success, while the trout fishing has been on the slow side. Most bass anglers are using cinnamon-colored plastic worms.

POTHOLES: Trolling Rapala Shad Raps along the face of the sand dunes and at the mouth of Crab Creek has been producing walleye and large yellow perch. The face of the dam has been the spot to fish for smallmouth bass with topwater lures or plastic worms, grubs and lizards. Rainbow trout action has been best off Medicare Beach.

SILVER: The bass action has been very good this week, with the crappie action best at night. There have been a few trout being caught, but the water is still a little warm.

WENATCHEE: The sockeye fishing has been consistently good to very good this week. Most people are running bare red hooks close behind a dodger or sling blade. The fish are holding 35-65 feet deep.


BUOY 10: This popular fishery opened Friday. Fishery managers are expecting plenty of action with 1.5 million fall chinook expected to return to the river.

COWLITZ: While the river is low, the fishing for summer-run steelhead has been fair to good this week. Back trolling and side drifting have been the most effective methods.

NISQUALLY: The catching has not been good at all, but more people are reporting chinook jumping and rolling on the surface.

YAKIMA: The trout action has been good to very good. Try casting a grasshopper pattern tight to the bank during the day. In the morning and evening, add a caddis dropper. There have been some pale morning duns hatching in the evenings.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640