Fishing report for June 23

• Puget Sound fishing continues to be slow.

• Anglers are limiting quickly in local lakes.

• Coastal fishing was good Monday.


SOUTH SOUND: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing is slow. Trolling has given anglers the best chance at success. The area near the Girl Scouts camp seems to produce the most catches.

NORTH SOUND: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says not many anglers are heading out right now.

WESTPORT: The Westport Charterboat Association reported Monday night that fish are biting “like gangbusters.” The report says almost everyone who ventured out caught fish Monday.


COLUMBIA: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s first sampling report of the summer chinook and sockeye season showed that the 1,210 salmonid anglers sampled caught 137 adult and five jack summer chinook, 51 steelhead and 15 sockeye. Light effort with no catch was observed in the Bonneville and The Dalles pools.

COWLITZ: The state sampled seven boats last week at the trout hatchery. The boats kept three summer-run steelhead. Tacoma Power last week recovered 732 spring chinook salmon, 98 jacks, 39 mini-jacks, 120 summer steelhead and two cutthroat trout.

CISPUS: Tacoma power last week released 510 spring chinook and 92 jacks above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

LEWIS: WDFW counted 200 returning summer-run steelhead through early June. The count was 324 at the same time last year.

SKYKOMISH: The Reiter Pond area is producing an occasional steelhead, but the action is pretty slow.

SKAGIT: Steelhead fishing on the lower river is one of the best fisheries right now, Chamberlain said. “And it should keep getting better,” he said.

WASHOUGAL: WDFW counted 354 returning summer-run steelhead through early June. The count was 398 at the same time last year.

WIND: June 30 is the last day for the three adult chinook daily limit.


AMERICAN: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says anglers are doing well catching trout. Perch fishing is picking up. Anglers are doing equally well from the dock or still-fishing from a boat, Anderson said.

SPANAWAY: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boathouse says anglers caught their limits quickly Tuesday morning. The water is cooler in the southeast and southwest corners, and fishing has been better in those places. Anglers are having luck using a short leader and PowerBait. Some fish are more than 3 pounds, Herlitzka said.

CAVANAUGH: It’s a haul just to get to this Skagit County lake northwest of Oso, but the kokanee are biting.

DRANO: Open all week starting July 1, and the bank-only area near the mouth will be open for boats.

STEVENS: Kokanee fishing has been good recently, but the fish seem to be going a little deeper every week. Try fishing at a depth of about 50 feet.

WARD: To catch kokanee, try using red or green Wedding Rings, pink spoons or artificial squid.

WASHINGTON: Anglers are catching bass and trout, but they’re having to put in their time. Yellow perch fishing has been quite good, Chamberlain said.