Fishing report for May 24

Rainbow trout are biting at local lakes.
Rainbow trout are biting at local lakes.


South Sound: Puget Sound remains closed indefinitely for salmon fishing. The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff say anglers are have some luck catching ling cod, but pressure is light. The Tacoma Narrows is a good place to try.

North Sound: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says ling cod fishing has been “fair at best.”

LaPush/Neah Bay: Halibut fishing reopens Saturday.

Sekiu: The area will be open for halibut fishing Thursday through Sunday. “That’s where I’d head if you want the odds in your favor,” Chamberlain said.

Westport: Most recent report from the Westport Charterboat Assocation said ling cod fishing was “scratchy,” but the rockfish are biting.


American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says several anglers per day have been catching their limit of rainbow trout off the dock. Boat anglers are also having luck, but doing better still fishing than trolling. Green and yellow Power Eggs or worms are working. Kokanee fishing remains slow.

Black: This lake near Olympia was stocked last week with 4,125 rainbow trout.

Boren: This Newcastle lake was stocked recently with 1,200 catchable rainbows trout from the Puyallup hatchery.

Clear (Pierce): Trout and kokanee have been biting here.

Mayfield: Tacoma Power released 4,000 rainbow trout last week.

Offut: Anglers have good luck hitting their trout limit. The fish seem to like Power Bait and night crawlers.

Scanewa: Last week, Tacoma Power released 251 spring chinook adults and 90 jacks.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says when the bite is on anglers can catch their five-rainbow trout limit in about 20 minutes .He recommends worm and marshmallow, and trying the east and west corners at the south end of the lake. Still fishing has been better than trolling. Anglers are catching perch and bass from the shoreline.

Spencer: Trolling with Wedding Rings has proven to be a good way to catch trout on this Mason County Lake.

South Lewis County Park Pond: Tacoma Power plans to release 800 rainbow trout here.

Stevens: Kokanee fishing has been good.

Swofford Pond: Tacoma Power plans to release 4,000 rainbow trout here in the coming days.

Chelan: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Guide service says mackinaw fishing above the Yacht Club “keeps on keeping on.” Anglers are trolling the area with success. Kokanee fishing is picking up on the lower lake. Cutthroat fishing has been good on the shoreline.


Cispus: More than 150 fish were released near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek last week according to Tacoma Power.

Columbia: The action has been slow here with some anglers having luck but others not getting so much as a nibble. Chamberlain says shad fishing hasn’t been up to par this season, but action usually isn’t at its best until June.

Cowlitz: Fishing is not hot, but anglers are catching fish. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 743 spring chinook adults, 168 jacks, 79 winter-run steelhead and 34 summer-run steelhead at the salmon hatchery separator. It released more than 150 fish at Packwood’s Franklin Bridge.