▪ Puyallup, Green remain hot spots for pink salmon.
▪ Marine Area 1 anglers can keep two salmon.
▪ Conditions are good on the Yakima for fly-fishing.
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COAST: Starting Saturday (Aug. 29), anglers fishing in Marine Area 1 can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Anglers also can keep two chinook per day off Westport (Marine Area 2). Anglers fishing off La Push (Marine Area 3) and west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line off Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) can keep one chinook per day as part of the two-salmon limit, as well as two additional pink salmon. The ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 30 in all four marine areas.
SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing has been good. Anglers report they’re catching coho, chinook and pink salmon around the area. The action has been good off the Girl Scout camp on Vashon Island and along the Gig Harbor shoreline. The Redondo area is also producing mostly pinks. Salmon fishing in the Olympia area has been slow. Crabbing has been good to very good.
COLUMBIA: Anglers fishing in the Buoy 10 area near the mouth of the river are required to release any chinook they catch. The change took effect Friday, according to the WDFW. This comes after a week of record catch rates and angler turnout. People can still catch and retain hatchery coho and summer steelhead in the Buoy 10 waters, which extend upriver to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point Line.
GREEN: Pink salmon action has been very good to excellent. Pink jigs have been effective, especially on the incoming tide.
PUYALLUP: The river remains a go-to location for pinks. Anglers are not having trouble reaching their limits. Anglers need to comply with regulations and clean up their trash or else fishing may be closed.
SNOHOMISH: Anglers are reporting catching pink salmon along the Snohomish River, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. Many of the salmon are currently on the move, and pink jigs are currently the most successful bait.
YAKIMA: This is a good time to get on the river — water levels are low (ideal for wade fishing), temperatures have eased and the fish are willing to take a fly. Try fishing small nymphs in the riffles, or cast smaller terrestrial patterns toward shore, said Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop.
POTHOLES: The water level is low as the month of August winds down, said Annie Meseberg at the MarDon Resort. Bass fishing has been very good to excellent. There have been reports of smallmouth bass being caught weighing up to 6 pounds. Largemouth bass also are being caught and they are regularly around 5 pounds. Anglers trolling for walleye are using a Rapala Shad Rap and Berkley Flicker Shads in 10-20 feet of water.
SPANAWAY: Fishing pressure has been pretty light lately, said Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Lake Boat House. Few boaters are catching brown and rainbow trout. Bass are starting to become more active as the water cools down. Herlitzka said it’s hard to tell how well fishing is going because of how few people have been fishing.