This weekend, June 11-12, is the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual Free Fishing Weekend. Permits are not required for fishing or gathering shellfish in areas open for these activities. All other rules are in effect.
South Sound: Puget Sound remains closed to salmon fishing. The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina says fishing has been slow because of big tide changes. Ling cod fishing is open through June 15. Marine Area 13 (Olympia) is open to crabbing Thursdays-Mondays through Sept. 5. Crabbing in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) will open July 1 and run through Sept. 5, the state announced Tuesday. Crabbing will be allowed Thursdays-Mondays.
North Coast: The La Push and Neah Bay areas will reopen for a day of halibut fishing on Saturday.
Westport: The Westport Charterboat Association reports that rockfish and ling cod fishing are going strong.
American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says fishing has been good of late with anglers catching their limits before 9 a.m. Rainbows as large as 14 inches are being caught. Anglers are using a bobber with their bait 10-15 feet deep or just off the bottom. Power Eggs, Power Bait and worms all seem to be working.
Drano: Light effort and catch according to reports from the state.
Leland: This lake near Quilcene was stocked last week with 1,855 cutthroat trout. It has been stocked with more than 4,000 cutthroat and 6,100 rainbows so far this year.
Mayfield: Tacoma Power released 4,000 rainbow trout here last week. The agency plans to soon release 4,000 more.
Melbourne: This Mason County lake was stocked last week with 700 cutthroats.
Scanewa: Last week, Tacoma Power released 105 spring chinook adults, 79 spring chinook jacks and one winter-run steelhead.
Swift: This Skamania County reservoir was stocked with 45,350 rainbow trout on May 31, according to state records.
Columbia: A state sampling of 397 shad anglers below Bonneville Dam showed they kept 969 fish and released 30. Shad counts are at a year-to-date high of 80,068 fish. Some anglers are catching sturgeon, but sturgeon fishing is closed in the spawning sanctuary downstream of The Dalles Dam through July 31. Check fishing regulations for specific areas where sturgeon fishing is allowed.
Cowlitz: Anglers are catching chinook from the banks near the barrier dam, while boat anglers are catching fish lower on the river. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 333 spring chinook adults, 137 jacks, three winter-run steelhead adults and 91 summer-run steelhead adults at the salmon hatchery separator. Of those, 60 spring chinook adults and 22 spring chinook jacks were released at Packwood’s Franklin Bridge.
Kalama: The action is a bit slow, but anglers are catching chinook and steelhead.
Lewis: Anglers can’t use bait, and state reports show little effort and catch on the east fork.
Yakima: Anglers have been fishing for smallmouth bass and catching them at a rate of 1.4 per hour, according to recent data collected by the state. Bank angling for channel catfish improved last week.