Fishing report for Aug. 7

By Ben Goldstein

▪ Walleye and bass action is good at Potholes.

▪ More pink salmon are making their way into the Puyallup.

▪ Westport salmon fishing has been good.


TACOMA: Fishing in the area was a bit scattered and on the slow side, according to the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Some nice chinook were caught that weighed 15-18 pounds. Trolling has worked the best as of late, and there hasn’t been a specific spot that is producing many fish. The Gig Harbor Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers is holding its salmon derby Saturday.

NORTH SOUND: Anglers in areas 2, 8, 9 and 10 have reported catching a lot of pink salmon and some silver salmon as well, according to Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center. The beaches on Whidbey Island also have been producing well as of late. Anglers there are catching mostly pink salmon and a few silver salmon.

WESTPORT: The salmon fishing has been consistently good this week, with most anglers taking home a chinook, according to the Westport Charter Boat Association. Some coho are being caught as well. Look for fish off Copalis in water about 200 feet deep.


POTHOLES: Bass and walleye fishing are providing lots of action, according to Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort. Anglers are using spinnerbaits, crankbaits, drop shot techniques, Senko worms, tube baits and 5-inch grubs on a football lead-head jig. The best areas to jig for walleye are the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway, near Goose Island and by the orange buoys at the outlet to the Potholes Canal. Crankbaits, such as Rapala Shad Raps, Berkley Flicker Shad and other types of diving plugs, have been working well for walleye in the sand dunes.

SPANAWAY: Fishing has been relatively slow, according to Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Lake Boathouse. Boat anglers report that it’s been a slow couple of days. Dock anglers have reported slow fishing the past week as well. Some trout anglers are using a worm and marshmallow, but the all-around best bait to use is worms. There have been a lot of perch as of late.

TANWAX: Trout fishing has been pretty slow, according to the Rainbow Resort. Anglers are catching crappie and perch in the early morning or in the evening with crappie jigs. Largemouth bass fishing has been good. Anglers are catching catfish by using a night crawler on the lake bottom.


OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK: Starting Monday, the following rivers and their tributaries inside the park will close to all recreational fishing because of severe drought conditions: Bogachiel, South Fork Calawah, Sol Duc, North Fork Sol Duc, Dickey, Queets, Salmon, Quinault and the North Fork Skokomish. The Elwha, Hoh and South Fork Hoh already have been closed. The mouth and coastal section of the Quillayute River remains open.

PUYALLUP: The fishing has been inconsistent in most of the area’s rivers, according to Keith Semprimoznik of Big J’s Outdoor Store. He said that includes the Puyallup. Some anglers are going home with nothing to show for their efforts, though others are taking home limits. The action is best in the lower river, where it is open.

YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been pretty good with grasshoppers and summer stoneflies, according to the Evening Hatch. Because of high temperatures in the late afternoon, fishing is best in the early morning.