Fishing report for Aug. 26


BUOY 10: The number of coho being caught has outpaced the chinook catch in recent days. From Saturday-Monday, all chinook must have a clipped adipose or left ventral fin to be retained. Starting Tuesday the hatchery coho daily limit will be increased to three fish, but all chinook must be released.

COLUMBIA: Below Bonneville Dam, the number of people fishing is increasing though catches of fall chinook remain low or stagnant, and even steelhead catches dropped off. There have been some good fall-chinook catches downstream from Vancouver in the past few days.

COWLITZ: The action has been best for summer-run steelhead, while a few fall chinook are being caught. During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator last week Tacoma Power employees recovered 865 summer-run steelhead; 40 spring-chinook adults, 16 jacks, 33 mini-jacks; 17 fall-chinook adults and two jacks; one sockeye adult and three sea-run cutthroat trout.

PUYALLUP: A few anglers have been heading out but are coming home empty-handed.

SKOKOMISH: The action has been very slow.

YAKIMA: The river is slowly falling to post-summer levels, meaning the trout have moved off the banks. Look for the main seams that will hold the most oxygenated water. The dry-fly action remains good to very good.


NORTH SOUND: The most consistent action has been on the beaches on Whidbey Island’s west side. Popular locations are Fort Casey, Lagoon Point and Bush Point. Most people are casting Rotators or Buzz Bombs. Try adding a small hoochie to your hook.

SEKIU: The action has slowed down, and the catch is now entirely coho. This weekend could see the first big push of coho through the western end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Anglers averaged about 0.75 coho per person over the weekend.

SOUTH SOUND: Anglers are catching a mix of chinook and coho, just not in huge numbers. The most consistent action has been trolling from Owen Beach to the slag pile. Early in the day, try trolling in water 40-80 feet deep, and then fish near the bottom in water 120-150 feet deep later in the day. The action in the Olympia area has improved, with people landing chinook.

WESTPORT: The best action again seems to be in shallow water just north of the jetty. Look for fish holding about 15-25 feet down in water 40 feet deep. Trolling a herring or a Silver Horde Kingfisher lite spoon behind a flasher.


CHELAN: People are catching lake trout by fishing during the first hour of daylight, trolling the bar in water 120-140 feet deep with baited squid rigs. As the morning progresses, the action moves to the top of Wapato Point and then Manson Bay.

MERWIN: The kokanee action has been very good. Try trolling around the area at the Speelyai Park launch. Tipping your gear with maggots seems to be the key. The fish are holding fairly deep, 45-70 feet down.

OHOP: The lake is producing good catches of crappie and panfish. Some anglers were just using a white jig below a bobber.

ST. CLAIR: Trout fishing has been fair to good. The best results have been while trolling. Try using a brass spinner with enough weight to get it down about 5 feet. Worms and red sparkle PowerBait also have produced fish.

TAPPS: Fishing for smallmouth bass has been very good. Look for fish holding in water about 18 feet deep. Some people are using plastic lizards, or green Senko worms on a Carolina rig.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640