South Sound and Western Washington fishing report for July 29

Salmon fishing off Westport has been slowed somewhat by windy conditions. Weather might be an issue through the weekend.
Salmon fishing off Westport has been slowed somewhat by windy conditions. Weather might be an issue through the weekend. Staff file, 2014


Crescent: This Olympic Peninsula lake has been producing good catches of trout for fly anglers using streamers and baitfish patterns along the shoreline, as well as for people trolling gear in the deeper water.

Leech: The lake has been producing a mix of rainbow and brook trout, including some triploid rainbows. Dry flies have been effective, especially toward the evening.

Mineral: The trout are holding 20-25 feet deep. Some people have had luck slowly trolling with a combination of Power Eggs and part of a worm behind an egg weight.

Potholes: Look for the walleye fishing to improve as the water level drops and smaller fish move out to deeper holding water. Try trolling at the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway. The largemouth bass fishing has been good in the sand dunes.

Tanwax: People targeting largemouth bass are having good success here. A dark Senko worm has been effective. One angler reported catching a largemouth topping 5 pounds.

Wenatchee: The sockeye salmon fishing has been off and on. Anglers who are having success are using bare red double hooks on a short leader. The best action has been early to mid-morning. Be patient because the line at the boat launch has been long.


Columbia: Anglers fishing for steelhead below Bonneville are reminded the daily limit drops from two steelhead to one on Monday. The change was made to protect the run bound for the Snake River that is well below average. The Buoy 10 fishery will open Monday. Anglers should note that chinook retention on Sundays and Mondays will be limited to adipose or left ventral fin-clipped hatchery fish.

Cowlitz: The fishing for summer-run steelhead has been good. Many people are using corkies and yarn, mainly in pink, as well as shrimp or eggs.

Icicle: Fishing for hatchery chinook will close after official sunset on Sunday. The closure is to protect spawning spring chinook.

Olympic Coast: Compared with last summer, the rivers are in good shape. The trout fishing has been good, especially on the Sol Duc. The summer salmon action has been fair. The Bogachiel and Calawah have been good for summer steelhead.

Yakima: The trout fishing has been good, even as the river flow as been bouncing up and down. The strategy of nymphing with summer stonefly patterns in the morning, then switch to dries such as caddis late in the afternoon remains effective. During the day, cast grasshopper patterns close to the bank. Water temperatures in the lower canyon are starting to get warm.


Ilwaco: The catch last week did a flip, with anglers catching twice as many chinook versus coho. The coho catch dropped by about two-thirds from the week before.

North Sound: The state has announced it will keep the hatchery chinook fishery in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) open through Monday. The catch in that area is approaching the quota.

South Sound: The fishing for chinook has improved slightly in the Tacoma area, and a few chinook are being caught in the Nisqually Reach area. Jigging has been effective, as has trolling just off the bottom in water 120-150 feet deep. Crabbing in the area remains fair.

Strait of Juan de Fuca: The area from Sekiu to Port Townsend remains the best option for catching chinook in the inland waters.

Westport: Windy conditions have slowed the action a bit, but the salmon action remains fair to good overall. Some anglers are having success trolling a flasher and hoochie in 250-280 feet of water. The catch rate last week, according to state reports, was about 0.5 chinook per angler.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse,, Dave Steinbaugh at Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters,, Mike Meseberg at MarDon Resort,, The Evening Hatch.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640