Fishing

Fishing report for Aug. 5: Bass fishing has been very good lately

Smallmouth bass have been biting on Lake Tapps and Potholes Reservoir.
Smallmouth bass have been biting on Lake Tapps and Potholes Reservoir. Staff file, 2008

LAKES

Baker: The lake is producing decent catches of sockeye salmon. Look for the fish holding 25-35 feet deep.

Clear (Pierce): The lake has been producing a mixed catch of rainbow trout, kokanee and some yellow perch. Most people are trolling with a pink hoochie behind a flasher.

Harts: At night, the fishing has been very good for crappie. Anglers are using maggots. The day action has been best for bass, but some trout are being caught. The fishing for catfish has been slow.

Potholes: The best action has been for smallmouth bass, especially around Goose Island and on the rocks off the face of the dam. Crappie, perch and panfish are holding in submerged willows in the sand dunes. Large trout are being caught near Frenchman’s Wasteway. Anglers are hoping fishing overall will improve as the reservoir level continues to drop.

Silver (Pierce): The bass fishing has been the best option right now, with some crappie. Worms and bobbers have been very effective for the bass, while trolling small woolly buggers has been working well for the crappie.

Tapps: The lake has been producing some good catches of smallmouth bass. While not overly large, some of the fish are in the 3-pound range. Green plastic worms, cast into the shade of docks, have been working well.

Wenatchee: For anglers wanting to hook sockeye, this might be the best option. Look for fish holding 60-90 feet deep. Anglers report having success trolling with a flasher and a pink artificial squid. Be patient at the boat ramp, it has been crowded.

RIVERS

Nisqually: There are reports of a few chinook being caught, but nothing consistently.

Olympic Coast: There seem to be plenty of coho, some chinook and sockeye in the rivers. The trouble has been getting them to bite.

Yakima: With cooler temperatures expected this weekend, the fishing window should expand. In the heat earlier this week, anglers have had to concentrate on fishing in the early morning or evening. The basic formula remains in play, nymph in the morning, dry-fly action in the evening.

SALT WATER

Fly fishing: The action for sea-run cutthroat trout has improved, thanks in part to more favorable tides.

Ilwaco: Last week was a tough one, in large part because of weather and sea conditions, according to creel checks. The state contacted 1,694 anglers over July 25-31, and they brought in 334 chinook and 243 coho. The coho catch was the lowest weekly tally in July.

North Sound: The state closed salmon fishing in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) on Friday. The Edmonds Pier will remain open. The state closed the area because the quota for chinook was expected to be reached.

South Sound: The action for hatchery chinook has been slow, although a few fish were caught off the slag pile Wednesday. Trolling a flasher and artificial squid — at 60 feet, in water 100 feet deep — has been effective. The best depth for setting crab pots has been around 150 feet, but the action remains on the slow side.

Westport: Fishing has improved compared with last week, and some charter boats have been bringing in limits of chinook. The catch last week was 420 chinook and four coho, brought in by 1,070 anglers. Tuna anglers are finding fish 40-50 miles out.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Westport Charter Boat Association, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Jim Kerr of Rain Coast Guides, gamefishin.com, northwestfishingreports.com, Mike Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Bill Kenney at Henley’s Silver Lake Resort, Harts Lake Resort.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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