Fishing report for Aug. 15

Salt water

South Sound: Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing in the area is good with anglers having success in a variety of areas, including Gig Harbor, the clay banks and the mouth of the Puyallup River. Most are trolling, but anglers are also having luck mooching and jigging.

North Sound: Admiralty Inlet (Marine Area 9) closed Friday for chinook fishing. But coho are starting to show up. The area south of Foulweather Bluff opens Saturday, Aug. 16 — two weeks early — for coho fishing. Chum and chinook must be released.

“With the chinook season wrapping up and a strong run of coho expected, we are able to open the area two weeks early this year,” Ryan Lothrop, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Puget Sound recreational salmon manager, said in a prepared statement.

Westport: Starting Monday, Aug. 18, anglers in the Westport area can keep up to two chinook as part of their two-salmon daily limit, the WDFW announced earlier this week. Anglers are allowed to keep two chinook per day in the ocean waters of Marine areas 2 (Westport), 3 (La Push and 4 (Neah Bay). Marina Area 1 (Ilwaco) fisherman are still limited to one chinook as part of their two-salmon limit. Wild coho must be released in all four areas.


Columbia: Action continues to be good on the lower river.

Cowlitz: Tacoma Power’s most reports says it recovered 1,336 summer-run steelhead, 89 spring-chinook adults, 42 jacks, 156 mini-jacks, four fall chinook and two cutthroat trout during a five-day stretch last week.

Cispus: Last week Tacoma Power released 87 spring-chinook adults and 41 jacks above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Nisqually: The river is open for the weekend but will be closed Aug. 18-20, 25-27 and 12 days in September.

Puyallup: Salmon fishing starts Saturday, Aug. 16, between the 11th Street and Freeman bridges.

Wynoochee: A report posted at says at least one angler had luck landing steelhead this week.

Skykomish: Pretty slow, but fish are still occasionally caught in the Reiter Pond area.

Tilton: Tacoma Power released four fall-chinook adults in Morton last week.


American: You’ll have to put in a little work to catch fish, but anglers are still having success here even with warm water temperatures. Mike Barr of Bill’s Boathouse recommends using a 6-foot leader with Power Eggs off the bottom or a slip bobber with garlic-scented worm.

Riffe Lake: Tacoma Power released 136 spring-chinook mini-jacks near Mossyrock Park, according to its most recent report.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says anglers are catching their limits. He suggest using worm and marshmallows or a 5-foot leader and Power Eggs. Fly-fishing has been good for those using chironomid and bloodworm patterns. Rainbows have been up to 3 pounds, and browns have been as long as 25 inches.

Stevens: Kokanee are biting, but be careful not to hook a swimmer. The lake hosts the Lake Stevens Ironman 70.3 triathlon Sunday morning.

Tapps: A report posted on indicates smallmouth bass fishing has been good this week.

Baker: Sockeye are biting.

Wenatchee: Anglers are catching sockeye.

Chelan: Manson Bay has proven to be a good place to fish. Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service recommends using Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squid with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow.

Potholes: MarDon Resort reports fishing has been good off of its dock. Action is also good in the Lind Coulee arm. Walleye are biting but not enough for anglers to hit their limits. The biggest of these fish — 25 inches or longer — are being caught at the mouth of Crab Creek. Bass fishing has also been good.