Fishing report for June 12


AMERICAN: The lake will be stocked next week with 1,500 rainbow trout measuring 15-17 inches long as part of the state’s Father’s Day weekend stocking program. This is the fourth year the state has stocked about 20 lakes with trout weighing about 11/2 pounds.

CLEAR (Thurston): The lake will be stocked with 350 of the larger rainbows.

HICKS: There will be 350 large rainbows planted for next weekend.

MINERAL: Trout action has been very good, with anglers catching brown and rainbow trout averaging 11/2 pounds. Most people are using Power Eggs or green and white PowerBait with worms. Fly-anglers are using dark Woolly Buggers.

POTHOLES: Walleye fishing has been very good. Try trolling a worm harness in water 15-25 feet deep. The mouth of Crab Creek has been a good spot to start.

SPANAWAY: Trout fishing has been a bit slow. Trolling a Wedding Ring with a worm might work for fish holding deep. A lot of trout seem to be keying in on the small fish holding in the shallow water.

TANWAX: Fishing has been fair. Dock anglers are using Power Eggs on a 2-foot leader. Still-fishing has been best in the coves using a worm on a long leader. A week from now, the lake will be planted with more than 200 trout weighing 3 to 5 pounds in preparation for the Rainbow RV Resort’s fishing derby.


COLUMBIA: The sockeye salmon count through Bonneville Dam through Wednesday was 9,689 fish, setting a record going back to 1938. Last year through the same time, the count was 5,128. The total sockeye return in 2014 was a record 645,100 fish.

COWLITZ: People are still catching some spring chinook, while the summer-run steelhead action has yet to take off.

NACHES: Trout fishing has been a little slow since the river opened.

SKYKOMISH: Steelhead fishing has been much slower than expected, due in large part to low water levels. If you go, fish with smaller bait or gear.

YAKIMA: High temperatures early in the week slowed the fishing. The best bet for dry-fly action might be early in the day. Otherwise, nymphs have been more effective as the sun wanes.


HOOD CANAL: A reminder that crabbing in Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) will open Monday, two weeks earlier than scheduled. Test fishing has shown the crab are in hard-shell condition, allowing for the early opening.

ILWACO: Nearshore halibut fishing will be open seven days a week beginning Monday. The fishery is currently open three days a week. Salmon fishing was steady last week, based on state creel sampling. There were 213 anglers checked, and they had 152 chinook.

SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing has been slow this week. Jigging off Point Evans, mooching with herring off Point Dalco or trolling from the clay banks to the flats off the Point Defiance Marina have been producing a few fish.

WESTPORT: Salmon fishing is showing signs of improving, with most boats averaging close to one chinook per angler. That is better than last week, when there were 83 anglers checked and they had 237 chinook. On May 30-31, there were 981 anglers checked, and they had 431 chinook. Conditions are keeping most boats close to the bar.