Fishing report for Sept. 30


Most of Puget Sound opened for recreational crab fishing at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Marine areas 12 (Hood Canal) and 13 (South Puget Sound) are among the areas opening. Also opening are marina areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner) and 9 (Admiralty Inlet).

Daily crabbing will be allowed in these areas through Dec. 31.

Sport crabbing is not reopening in marine areas 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) and 10 (Seattle and Bremerton)

According to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations: “The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 61/4 inches. In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.”

SOUTH SOUND: Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reported blackmouth fishing has been OK but pressure has been light. Coho aren’t biting. Those catching fish are trolling near the Clay Banks and in front of the boathouse at a depth of 120-160 feet using a flasher with either bait, spoon or hoochie.

RAZOR CLAMS: The first razor clam dig of the fall is proposed for Oct. 7-12 on the Washington coast. The proposal calls for digs at Long Beach and Twin Harbors on those day plus Mocrocks Oct. 10-12 and Copalis on Oct. 11.


AMERICAN: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse said trolling with a dodger, short leader and shrimp or maggots is producing limits of kokanee before 9 a.m. for some anglers. Perch are biting, too, but rainbow trout action is a little slow.

BLACK: As waters continue to cool, anglers are having luck catching trout here and other Olympia area lakes.

MINERAL: This Lewis County lake closed Tuesday.

WASHINGTON: A good option for chasing rainbows, perch and cutthroats.

EASTERN WASHINGTON: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Guide Service said the action is hot at Lake Chelan for those trolling the Barrens and the Trench for mackinaw. Troll at a depth of 130-185 feet in the morning and 185-245 feet later in the day. He recommended glow in the dark Mack’s Lure Smile Blades. On the Potholes Reservoir, anglers are doing well landing yellow perch, large walleye and crappie.


COWLITZ: Side-drift with eggs for the best chance to land a fish. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 414 summer-run steelhead, 1,432 fall Chinook adults and 3,920 coho adults.

PUYALLUP: Coho fishing could pick up in the coming month.

OLYMPIC PENINSULA: reported several anglers catching chinook and coho on the Humptulips and Quillayute in recent days.