Recreational crab fishing in most areas of Puget Sound will close at sunset Monday. Summer catch reports are due by midnight Oct. 1.
The only two areas that will stay open are Marine areas 7-North and 7-South near the San Juan Islands.
All sport fishermen licensed to fish for Dungeness crab anywhere in the Sound have until midnight Oct. 1 to submit summer catch reports to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Crabbers who fail to file their catch reports on time will face a $10 fine when they purchase a 2015 Puget Sound crab endorsement, according to a department news release.
The department expects to announce any winter crab seasons for the Sound in early October, after completing assessing the summer fishery.
Also on Monday, fishermen will be able to keep wild and hatchery coho salmon in ocean waters off Westport, La Push and Neah Bay.
Anglers have been able to keep only hatchery coho to ensure the state meets conservation goals for wild coho while extending fishing through the entire season. However, with a month remaining in the fishery, only 55 percent of the coho quota has been reached in Marine Area 2 (Westport), 63 percent in Marine Area 3 (La Push) and 20 percent in Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay).
In Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco), anglers still must release wild coho.
AMERICAN: Fishing has been fair to good, with people catching some kokanee and rainbow trout. One angler reported landing a 17-inch kokanee.
CONCONULLY: The lake at this popular eastside destination has been producing limits of rainbow trout. Fishing from a dock with green PowerBait close to the bottom has been effective.
POTHOLES: Cooling water temperatures have fish such as walleye, bass and crappie starting their fall feeding frenzy. One walleye, weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces, was caught at the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway. Medicare Beach is another good spot for walleye. Goose Island has been the place to fish for smallmouth bass.
WASHINGTON: Fishing for cutthroat trout has been good in the last week or so. Look for fish holding about 35 feet deep. Some people are reporting success trolling a green Wedding Ring tipped with a scented piece of corn.
NISQUALLY: There seems to be some improvement in the fishing, but the action is still slow overall.
PUYALLUP: Fishing is still slow, but people are landing an occasional coho and chinook. A reminder the river is closed from the 11th Street bridge to the White River on Sunday and Monday.
YAKIMA: Look for trout holding away from the bank in pools, along ledges and amid boulder gardens. With water levels dropping, fly-anglers should switch to lighter leaders. Also switch to smaller flies, rather than the large ones used during the summer.
HOOD CANAL: Salmon fishing in the Hoodsport Hatchery zone, excluding the ADA-accessible platform, is closed effective Saturday. The area closed is the waters within a 2,000-foot arc seaward of the yellow marker buoys at the mouth of Finch Creek. Chinook broodstock collection at the hatchery is well behind the goal of about 2,000 fish. As of Tuesday, only 36 broodstock chinook have been trapped.
SOUTH SOUND: The chinook action continues to improve with consistent catches each day. Three Tree Point, Dolphin Point, Point Robinson and the slag pile all have been producing fish on the tide changes. Run your gear close to the bottom.
WESTPORT: Most charter boats have been heading straight out 15 miles from the harbor mouth. Most boats are coming back with limits, although coho have been dominating the catch the last few days. Last week’s average catch was 1.70 salmon per person, one of the best of the season.