Fishing report for June 16


SOUTH SOUND: Lingcod fishing closed Monday, and salmon fishing has been slow, according to the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff. There were 12 blackmouth checked during creel samples Thursday-Saturday.

CRAB FISHING: The Hood Canal recreational crab fishing season opened Monday, two weeks ahead of schedule, and the action was very slow. The decision was made after testing in the area showed that crab are in hard-shell condition. Crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays through Sept. 7.

Several other areas of Puget Sound are scheduled to open for crabbing on July 2.

Marine Area 13 (south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridges) is already open, but action has been slow according to the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina.

WESTPORT: The Westport Charterboat Association reports the water was very choppy Monday resulting in unproductive salmon fishing. But bottom-fishing continues to be good.


AMERICAN: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says anglers are doing well off the dock. Anglers still-fishing in boats are also doing well. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking the lake with 1,500 rainbow trout in advance of the Father’s Day weekend.

CLEAR: This Thurston County lake is scheduled to be stocked with 350 trout this week.

HICKS: Due to be stocked with 350 rainbow trout for the Father’s Day weekend.

ISLAND: Trout fishing has been pretty good. use PowerBait for still-fishing and a Smile Blade Fly for trolling, said Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center.

SPANAWAY: “Fishing has been good here,” said Bud Herlitzka of Spanaway Park Boat House. “If you’re willing to put in the work.” Herlitzka said fish are being caught from the dock and from boats. He says anglers are using worms tipped with marshmallows. Fishing is best earlier in the day, before the lake gets too busy.

TANWAX: The staff at Rainbow Resort says the fish are deep. Use worms or Power Eggs and an 18-inch leader. About 200 rainbow trout were added to the lake Tuesday morning, according to the resort, for Saturday’s fishing derby. The resort opens at 4:30 a.m. Saturday and the derby starts at 6 a.m. The entry fee is $10.

VANCE CREEK: Pond No. 2 in Elma is scheduled to be stocked with 100 rainbow trout.

EASTERN WASHINGTON: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service says, “What’s hot is trolling for lake trout on Chelan. Also hot is trolling the south end of Omak Lake for Lahontan cutthroat.”


COWLITZ: Tacoma Power last week recovered two winter-run steelhead, 655 spring chinook salmon, 125 jacks, four mini-jacks and 88 summer steelhead.

CISPUS: Last week Tacoma Power released 523 spring chinook and 110 jacks and one winter steelhead above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

SKAGIT: The river, from the state Route 536 bridge in Mount Vernon to the mouth of Gilligan Creek, opened Tuesday for sockeye salmon fishing. The daily limit will be three sockeye.