Fishing report for June 17

Chasing rainbow trout at South Sound lakes might give anglers the best chance of landing a fish over Father’s Day Weekend.
Chasing rainbow trout at South Sound lakes might give anglers the best chance of landing a fish over Father’s Day Weekend. Courtesy

Anglers can now pick up the 2016-17 fishing regulations pamphlet at vendors across the state, or view them online at Be aware, however, that Puget Sound salmon fisheries remain closed until federal approval is received.


American: Anglers are catching limits of kokanee, as well as some rainbow trout. Some people are trolling with a Kokanee Killer flatfish, tipped with corn. Others are using a red bead spinner. Look for fish 20-30 feet down.

Mineral: Recently stocked with thousands of trout.

Offut: The action is hotter when it’s cooler, so try in the morning or evening. Plunking and trolling have been doing the trick.

Ohop: Dark-colored plastic worms seem to be the most effective lure when targeting the largemouth bass here. One angler reported catching a largemouth weighing almost 4 pounds.

Pass: Fly anglers have been catching rainbow and brown trout amid the weeds. Some people are using black woolly buggers, and others are using a minnow imitation.

Potholes: The reservoir level is dropping, but the fishing has been consistent. Bass anglers are fishing off the face of the dam. Winchester Wasteway has been a good spot for walleye and bass. With warm weather in the forecast, look for bass to hit topwater baits.

Rattlesnake: The trout fishing has been good in the past week. Fly anglers are trolling a green nymph fished on a sinking line.

Spanaway: Earlier this week, still fishing the south end of the lake was the recommendation.

Tanwax: Rainbow RV Resort planted the lake with 150 trout for Saturday’s fishing derby. The derby is $10 to enter. Call 360-879-5115 for more information.


Columbia: Shad numbers remain strong, with 49,912 shad passing through Bonneville Dam Wednesday. The daily sockeye salmon count was averaging about 5,800 fish Monday-Wednesday. The summer chinook count Wednesday was 4,066 fish.

Cowlitz: Recently, boat anglers were catching chinook upstream from Interstate 5, and bank anglers were doing well near Barrier Dam.

Lewis: Action has been slow.

Yakima: The trout fishing has been good to very good. The action has been best using nymphs early then switching to dry flies. Try pale morning duns, caddis, drakes, light yellow Sallies and ant patterns. The river level is rising, but still below normal for this time of year.


North Sound: Anglers are cautioned that the Edmonds Pier, a popular salmon fishing spot when fishing is allowed, is undergoing repairs and is not expected to be open until mid-August.

South Sound: Not much to do in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island). Lingcod fishing closed Wednesday and salmon fishing remains closed. Marine Area 13 (south of the Narrows bridges) is open for crabbing. Some have luck but action hasn’t been especially hot. Crabbing opens July 1 in Marine Area 11.

Westport: People fishing for rockfish are having best success with live anchovies, while jigs and shrimp flies are also working. People fishing for lingcod are headed north, looking for fish holding near rock structures on the bottom. Lingcod fishing opened Thursday with anglers catching their limit according to the Westport Charterboat Association.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center,, The Evening Hatch,, Zittel’s Marina, Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House, Rainbow RV Resort and Becky Pogue of Offut Lake Resort.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640