Fishing report for Aug. 2

Anglers have several options for catching fish this week.
Anglers have several options for catching fish this week.


South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff reports salmon fishing was quiet Monday — unusual for this time of year. Crabbing has been slow. Soaking pots at a depth of 120-150 feet is recommended.

North Sound: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says chinook fishing is usually quite good this time of year in marine areas 9 and 10, but has been slow. Marine Area 7 has also been slow. Crabbing has been good in the north Puget Sound.

Westport: Monday’s report from the Westport Charterboat Association said chinook fishing was good, with anglers averaging a salmon each. Weather kept most small boats in the marina.


American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says the action has slowed, but an angler recently caught his limit using green Power Eggs floated off the bottom on a 5-foot leader. Another angler caught his limit of kokanee after hitting the water early in the morning.

Crescent: Fly fishermen using streamers and baitfish patterns, and anglers trolling have been catching trout on this lake west of Port Angeles.

Mayfield: Last week, Tacoma Power released 4,000 rainbow trout and plan to soon release 4,000 more.

Mineral: Doreen Douglas of Mineral Lake Resort says the trick right now seems to be using a longer leader. She recommends using a 6-foot leader with worm and marshmallow. Browns have been biting at the north end, and some anglers have caught rainbows from the dock. Cooler temperatures should help action pick up.

Offut: Trout fishing is slowing down, but bluegill, perch and bass are biting. The staff at the Offut Lake Resort suggests using a worm and bobber, and hitting the water early or late.

Washington: Anglers are catching yellow perch and bass.

Eastern Washington: Largemouth bass have been biting on the Potholes Reservoir. On Lake Wenatchee, the action has been inconsistent but best in the mid-morning.


Cispus: Last week, Tacoma Power released 72 spring chinook and 16 spring jacks upstream of the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Columbia: Walleye angling has been good near Troutdale. White sturgeon retention is closed (catch and release fishing is OK) from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon-Washington state line above the McNary Dam. In that same area, the fall salmon season is open with state officials estimating 960,200 fall chinook and 322,600 coho returning to the river this fall.

Cowlitz: Last week at the salmon hatchery separator, Tacoma Power employees recovered 346 spring chinook adults, 89 jacks, 80 mini-jacks, 962 summer-run steelhead adults, five fall chinook adults and nine cutthroat. The agency released 243 spring chinook adults, 61 spring chinook jacks and three fall chinook adults at Packwood’s Franklin Bridge.

Skykomish: Some anglers are catching steelhead.

Tilton: Last week, Tacoma Power released three cutthroat and two fall chinook at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.