South Sound fishing report for Aug. 9

A 20-inch walleye.
A 20-inch walleye. Associated Press


South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff reports salmon fishing picked up Monday after action was slow on Sunday. Fishing has been best along the Gig Harbor shoreline.

North Sound: Mariner Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) is now closed to salmon fishing. There are reports of people catching chinook in the Westpoint area.

Westport: John Keizer of Salt Patrol said most of the salmon action over the weekend was just north of the harbor in 240 feet of water. “We had top action fishing 100 feet down on the Scotty Downriggers with whole herring behind a Fish Flash,” Keizer said in his report. “When we ran out of bait we switched to a Silver Horde 3-inch Kingfisher (Kitchen Sink) and it worked quite well, producing our largest fish of the day.”


Cispus: Last week, Tacoma Power released 51 spring chinook adults, 19 spring chinook jacks and two fall chinook adults upstream of the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Columbia: Anglers average a chinook caught per 10 poles at Buoy 10. Last week, the state sampled 1,405 salmonid anglers on the mainstem below Bonneville Dam and found they caught 30 adult and four jack fall chinook, 151 steelhead, but no coho. All of the adult chinook and 83 of the steelhead were kept. Sturgeon were caught from Vancouver downstream to Longview. Walleye are biting below the Bonneville Dam.

Cowlitz: Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 175 spring chinook adults, 47 jacks, 34 mini-jacks, eight fall chinook adults, five jacks, 958 summer-run steelhead adults and six cutthroat at the salmon hatchery separator. The agency released 113 spring chinook adults, 20 spring chinook jacks, one fall chinook adult and one jack at Packwood’s Franklin Bridge. Last week’s report from the state shows that 51 boat anglers kept 47 steelhead. Also, 42 bank anglers kept 14 steelhead and released 1 adult chinook. Most fish are caught from Mission Bar to the salmon hatchery, though some steelhead are being caught by boat anglers near the mouth of the river.

Lewis: No catches last week by the eight anglers surveyed by the state. The Cougar Park boat launch is closed because of low water levels.

Nisqually: There were reports last week of some success catching chinook.


American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says the fishing is slow.

Clear (Pierce): Anglers have used hoochie and flasher to catch fish. Rainbow trout, kokanee and perch have been biting.

Drano: Last week, 232 boat anglers kept 17 chinook and 80 steelhead and released 88 steelhead. Bank anglers came up empty. Trolling with downriggers is working for chinook. To catch steelhead, anglers are dropping anchor and using bobbers and dyed prawns.

Mayfield: Last week, Tacoma Power released 4,000 rainbow trout and plan to soon released 4,000 more. By the end of August, the lake will have been planted with an estimated 72,000 catchable-size rainbow trout this year.

Tapps: Last week, anglers were casting plastic worms in the shade to catch bass.

Eastern Washington: At Lake Wenatchee, the sockeye are biting for those trolling with a flasher and pink artificial squid. At the Potholes Reservoir, anglers are catching smallmouth bass around Goose Island and near the face of the dam.