Fishing

Fishing report for Aug. 19

▪ Fishing for pink salmon in the North Sound continues to produce excellent results. Coho are also starting to show up in higher numbers.

▪ Buoy 10 (mouth of the Columbia River) is where a lot of anglers will be headed over the next couple weeks to fish for pinks.

▪ American and Spanaway lakes are really starting to slow down, with high water temperatures and an increase in school activities drawing anglers away.

SALT WATER

WESTPORT: Recent success had been found off Copalis in deep waters, but it seems they have moved elsewhere. Chinook have been found off the jetty at shallower waters, about 45 feet. Ocean conditions have been reasonable the past two days.

BUOY 10 (mouth of the Columbia River): Anglers are averaging close to a fish per rod. Watch out for high winds though. Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood said there are a lot of people headed there this week and over the next couple weeks.

SOUTH SOUND: Jaeger Maxfield won the All South Sound Salmon Derby on Sept. 15 after he wrangled in a 20-pound salmon. That netted him a nice check for $2,000. Stephanie West took second with a 19.05-pound salmon.

NORTH SOUND: Great pink salmon fishing in areas 9 and 10, and it should continue from now until the end of September’s first week. More and more coho also are showing up — though not huge numbers — but this is typically when things start to pick up. Chinook are doing very well in Area 7.

SAN JUANS: Chamberlain said the fishing is doing very well in that area right now.

RIVERS

COWLITZ: Anglers were having success with steelhead near the mouth. Chinook also were scattered in the catch.

KALAMA: No reported angling success. Starting Sept. 1, fly-fishing is allowed only from the natural gas pipeline crossing to the deadline of the lower salmon hatchery.

LEWIS: Bank anglers are finding light success with steelhead near the hatchery.

WIND: Boat and bank anglers are finding success with steelhead, but about 75 percent of those caught had to be released.

LOWER COLUMBIA: Close to 1,100 anglers were observed with 61 adult chinook and 211 steelhead landed. Almost all the chinook were kept and 74 percent of the steelhead were retained.

SNOHOMISH: Fishing for pinks has been fair but should continue to get better.

SKAMOKAWA: All fishing on the creek will be closed starting Sept. 1.

LAKES

DRANO: Boat anglers averaged a little more than 1.2 steelhead per rod, but about 60 percent of those caught had to be released. Chinook are also starting to show up.

AMERICAN: Very slow right now. Warm water temperatures have hindered success, and with school activities starting there are fewer anglers on the water.

SPANAWAY: Fishing has been pretty slow, but pressure is extremely light. Boat anglers are catching a lot of perch. A few fish are being caught by dock anglers in the morning. The afternoon bite is very slow.

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