Fishing report for Aug. 19


South Sound: Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reported fishing in the area has picked up in recent days. One angler caught a 22-pound Chinook on Aug. 6. Action has been best for those trolling between the slag pile and Owen Beach in about 70-100 feet of water. Early morning and evening has been best. Reports have also been good from Gig Harbor.

North Sound: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood said salmon fishing has been pretty good from the beaches of Whidbey Island.

Washington coast: John Keizer of said he had a good weekend fishing in about 40 feet of water near Ocean Shores. “We had all but one salmon in the box by 8 a.m. and ran out and did some bottom fishing,” he said via email. His recommendation: “Most of our action was on a whole herring behind a fish flash. The herring were brined in Pro-Cure Brine N Bite Complete in green. The other setup was a green Silver Horde Gold Star squid behind a flasher. The squid was scented with Pro-Cure Bloody Tuna Jell scent.”

As of Monday, anglers can now keep two chinook as part of their daily limit off the coast of Westport.

The waters about 17-20 miles south of Westport have produced limits for charter boats.


American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse said the action has been slow.

Mineral: The fish are biting lightly, according to Mineral Lake resort, so anglers are experimenting with various leader lengths and letting the fish run a bit before setting the hook. But the regulars are still catching their limits.

Riffe: Tacoma Power released 100 spring chinook minijacks last week at Mossyrock Park.

Stevens: Anglers are still catching fish if they go deep.

Chelan: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service said fishing has been best trolling the fringes of the bar in the morning, the Barrens later in the morning and Manson Bay in the afternoon.


Columbia: That action is hot and it’s expected to get even better. “Anybody that knows what’s going on will have no problem catching fish,” Chamberlain said.

Cowlitz: Tacoma Power reported that it recoved 1,284 summer-run steelhead last week at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Cispus: Tacoma Power released 100 spring chinook adults and 15 jacks last week above the mouth of the Yellow Jacket Creek.

Puyallup: The stretch between the 11th Street and Freeman bridges is now open for salmon fishing.

Nisqually: The river is closed through Wednesday before reopening for four days.