Fishing report for Sept. 2


SOUTH SOUND: Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing in the area is pretty slow but silvers should be showing up soon. Those who are catching fish are doing so between the Slag Pile and Owen Beach.

WESTPORT: John Keizer of says he had a good weekend fishing in the Westport area. While filming an episode of “Angler West TV” his group caught six king salmons heavier than 20 pounds. They also caught 30 albacore tuna — almost all using live bait — about 40 miles southwest of the harbor. “Fishing was off the charts,” Keizer said via email.

COAST: Anglers can now keep both wild and coho salmon in the Westport, La Push and Neah Bay areas. However, anglers in the Ilwaco area must continue to release wild coho.

CRABBING: Most of the Puget Sound area is now closed to recreational crab fishing and summer catch reports are due by midnight Oct. 1. Those who fail to file a catch report on time face a $10 fine when they purchase their 2015 Puget Sound crab endorsement.

Marine Areas 7-North and 7-South near the San Juan Islands remain open.

There is potential for a winter crab season. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife isn’t expected to make an announcement until October.

HOOD CANAL: Salmon fishing in the Hoodsport Hatchery Area, excluding the ADA-accessible platform, closed Aug. 30 because fish collection is well behind its goal of 2,000 fish.


NISQUALLY: Todd Rock of Auburn Sports and Marine spent four days fishing on the Nisqually and says the action was good for those drifting with eggs or using Wicked Lures.

PUYALLUP: Rock says that the fishing continues to be quite good here.

CARBON: Recently opened, an angler reportedly caught a 32.8-pound fish here over the weekend. “The Carbon has been phenomenal,” Rock said.

COWLITZ: Steelhead fishing is still productive here.

GREEN: Just opened Sunday, there are no reports yet of catches on the Duwamish Waterway but silvers are starting to show up.


AMERICAN: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says dock anglers are doing better than boat anglers. He says green Power Eggs or worms and shrimp have worked well.

SPANAWAY: You’ll want to make other plans this weekend when the lake hosts a hydroplane race, but until then boat anglers are fairing pretty well at the south end of the lake. Try using a 5-foot leader with marshmallow or Power Bait, said Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boathouse. However, the action has slowed down on the dock. “The fish are just too far out there for them to reach,” Herlitzka said.

WASHINGTON: The cutthroat are still biting.