Fishing report for May 31

Local lakes are stocked with rainbow trout.
Local lakes are stocked with rainbow trout.


South Sound: Puget Sound remains closed to salmon fishing even though an agreement has been reached to reopen recreational fishing. The National Marine Fisheries Service must approve the agreement between the state and tribal co-managers.

According to the staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina, ling cod fishing has picked up, but pressure has been light.

Westport: Most reports from the Westport Charterboat Association indicate good fishing for ling cod and rockfish.


American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says the fishing is as good as the weather this week. Anglers are catching rainbow trout limits off the dock using Power Bait and Power Eggs.

Black: This Pacific County lake was stocked twice last week and now has an additional 2,499 rainbow trout.

Duck: Last week the state stocked this Grays Harbor lake with 750 trout.

Failor: More than 2,200 fish were planted in this Grays Harbor lake last week.

Horseshoe: More than 1,200 rainbow trout were added last week to this Kitsap County lake.

Mayfield: Tacoma Power recently released 4,000 rainbow trout.

Sawyer: Nearly 250 rainbow trout were planted last week in this Black Diamond lake.

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

Snag: The state added 918 rainbow trout last week to this Pacific County lake.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Lake Boathouse says anglers are limiting on rainbow and brown trout. The southern corners of the lakes are producing the best fishing. Herlitzka says a worm and marshmallow was used to catch the biggest brown on Tuesday morning. He suggests fishing 2-4 feet off the bottom. Power Eggs are also catching fish. A worm and bobber is working for catching rock bass.

Silver: This has proven to be a good place for trout fishing in recent weeks.

Swofford: Tacoma Power plans to stock this lake with 4,000 rainbows soon.

Tanwax: Trout fishing has been good of late.

Chelan: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Guide Service says fishing has been hot on the Colyar Ledge when conditions permit anglers to drop a line in this area. It has been windy of late. “Also hot is trolling the face of Manson Bay for Lake Chelan Lakers,” Jones said. Also in the area, cutthroat are biting at Omak Lake and Wapato Lake is still producing rainbow trout.


Columbia: Anglers can fish for spring chinook Friday through June 15 or until the harvest guideline is met.

Cowlitz: Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 743 spring chinook adults, 168 jacks, 79 winter-run steelhead adults and 34 summer-run steelhead adults. More than 150 fish were released at Packwood’s Franklin Bridge.