South Sound area fishing report for Aug. 16

Anglers have been catching chinook near Westport.
Anglers have been catching chinook near Westport. Staff file, 2014


South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff reports salmon fishing is fair, with anglers catching salmon in the 6- to 12-pound range in front of the marina. Fish have also been caught on the Gig Harbor shoreline. Flash and spoon or hoochie are recommended.

Ilwaco: As of Tuesday (Aug. 16), anglers can keep two chinook as part of their two-salmon-per-day limit. Wild coho must be released.

Westport: John Keizer of Salt Patrol said action was good over the weekend. The group he took out caught kings in 180 feet of water north of the harbor while using Silver Horde Kingfisher spoons behind a Pro-Troll flasher on a downrigger at a depth of 100 feet. On Saturday, his four-man team caught five tuna and placed 10th in the Washington Tuna Classic. He says he had luck off the south beach Sunday, catching five king salmon. He was trolling with Yakima Bait’s Big Al’s Fish Flash behind a diver with bait.


American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says action has been slow based on what he’s seen. Last week, some anglers reported catching kokanee by trolling with a small dodger and spinner with a hoochie tipped with corn.

Drano: A state survey last week showed 186 boat anglers kept 22 adult and four jack fall chinook and 71 steelhead. They released an adult fall chinook and 52 steelhead. Nine bank anglers released two steelhead.

Mayfield: Last week, Tacoma Power released 4,000 rainbow trout. The agency plans to release another 4,000 soon.

Tanwax: The staff at the Rainbow Resort reports trout fishing is slow, but anglers are doing well when trying for bass, perch and crappie. Try using a crappie jig with a crappie nib or maggots. Bass are biting on rubber worms and rubber frogs.

Offut: Becky Pogue of Offut Lake Resort says the action has slowed down of late, but anglers are still catching bass and perch. She suggests using natural or rubber worms.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of Spanaway Lake Boathouse says still fishing has been best, but anglers must be patient. He suggests being off the water before noon to avoid having your fishing interrupted by other recreational activities.

Eastern Washington: Bass are biting at the Potholes Reservoir, but walleye action has been slow. At Lake Wenatchee, a chrome dodger is helping anglers land sockeye.


Columbia: State fish and wildlife officials say chinook fishing is slow and steelhead fishing is fair on the lower river below Bonneville Dam. Anglers have had some luck catching walleye near Camas and Washougal. A sampling of six boat anglers last week on the lower river showed they caught and released seven sturgeon. Fall regulations go into effect Thursday between state Route 395 and the Priest Rapids Dam. The regulations allow anglers to keep three adult salmon.

Cowlitz: Most fish were biting upstream from Mission Bar last week. Sampling by state officials last week showed that 69 boat anglers kept two adult and one jack chinook and 48 steelhead. Also, 70 bank anglers kept two adult chinook and five steelhead and released two adult and two jack chinook and one steelhead. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 95 spring chinook adults, 32 jacks, 20 mini-jacks, seven fall chinook adults, one jack, 584 summer-run steelhead and six cutthroat. The agency released 86 spring chinook adults and 24 jacks, two fall chinook adults and one jack at Packwood’s Franklin Bridge.

Lewis: A state survey last week showed that nine bank anglers on the north fork kept four steelhead.

Nisqually: Action has been slow.