Fishing

Fishing report for Aug. 12

SALT WATER

South Sound: Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing in the area is good for those trolling with flasher and spoon in the clay banks and Dalco areas.

North Sound: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) closes for king salmon fishing on Friday, but Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says the season has been “only ho-hum.”

“We’re starting to see a few, and I do mean a few, ocean coho,” Chamberlain said. “Hopefully that will ramp up and fill in where the kings left off.”

Willapa Bay: Willapa Harbor has provided some good fishing for those willing to make the trip, Chamberlain said.

Westport: The Westport Charterboat Association’s most recent report indicated anglers are catching kings about 20 miles south of town.

RIVERS

Columbia: Anglers are landing kings, coho and steelhead. The action is good, and the word is out. “It’s a little bit of a zoo,” Chamberlain said, “and it’s going to become an even bigger zoo in the next couple of weeks.”

Cowlitz: Steelhead have been biting for those using eggs and shrimp.

Nisqually: The river is closed through Wednesday, one of several closures this summer meant to reduce fisherman conflicts.

Puyallup: Saturday, Aug. 16, marks the opener for fishing between the 11th Street and Freeman bridges.

LAKES

American: Mike Barr of Bill’s Boathouse says fishing is “decent but not lights out.” He said this as he watched an angler pull in fish off the dock.

Water surface temperatures in the mid 70s seems to be making fish a little sluggish, Barr said. But he said anglers are still catching fish.

He recommends using a 6-foot leader with Power Eggs off the bottom or a slip bobber with garlic-scented worm. He said one angler even had luck chumming.

“There’s always fish in the lake,” Barr said. “You just need to know how to get them.”

Tanwax: Largemouth bass have been biting.

Baker: Fishing for sockeye has been good.

Wenatchee: Sockeye are biting.

Eastern Washington: Sockeye fishing has been good in Lake Wenatchee and the lakes around Brewster. Perch are biting in the Potholes reservoir. And Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service says Lake Chelan anglers are “pounding piles of fish in Manson Bay with Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squid rigs fronted with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow.”

“There are lots of opportunities if you don’t mind traveling,” Chamberlain said.

HUNTING

Wednesday, Aug. 13, at midnight is the deadline to apply for one of 18 fall deer hunting permits in the Charles and Mary Eder unit of Okanogan County’s Scotch Creek Wildlife Area. Visit wdfw.wa.gov for more information.

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