South Puget Sound area fishing report for Aug. 19

Marine Area 11 is closed to salmon fishing (excluding piers) for the remainder of the month.
Marine Area 11 is closed to salmon fishing (excluding piers) for the remainder of the month.


South Sound: Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island), excluding the fishing piers, is closed to salmon fishing starting Saturday. The closure lasts until Aug. 31. A state Department of Fish and Wildlife statement said the closure is necessary because “preliminary estimates indicate that anglers will exceed the preseason guideline for encounters — retaining or releasing fish — with legal-sized chinook” and “to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives.”

Hood Canal: North of Ayock Point anglers can keep four salmon but must release chinook and chum. South of Ayock Point anglers must release chum and wild chinook.

Ilwaco: Anglers can keep two chinook as part of their two-salmon-per-day limit. Wild coho must be released. State officials say last week, anglers averaged 0.75 salmon per rod. Of those, 71 percent were coho. A few chinook were caught off the north jetty. This is the only area where anglers are allowed to retain coho.

Westport: Charter boats are catching chinook, but weather has kept them near shore and away from the tuna, according to the Westport Charterboat Association.


American: The action has been slow of late, but last week some anglers reported catching kokanee. Some anglers have done well catching bass.

Bradley: A recent report on indicated bass and other fish are keeping anglers busy. Worms (natural and rubber) seem to be doing the trick.

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: Stocked recently with 4,000 rainbow trout.

Tanwax: Try using a crappie jig with a crappie nib or maggots. Bass are biting on rubber worms and rubber frogs.

Lawrence: State officials are recommending this lake for bass fishing. Evening time usually provides the most bites.

Long: Fish in the evening for the best action.

Offut: Natural or rubber worms have been the best approach for catching bass and perch.

Pattison: A good place for bass fishing.

Potholes: Walleye are biting, according to MarDon Resort. At last weekend’s walleye derby, 212 fish were weighed in over two days. The winning team caught 47.35 pounds of fish and collected the $8,000 prize. But the best walleye action is expected when temperatures plunge. Anglers are also catching bass.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of Spanaway Lake Boathouse said this week that still fishing has been best, but anglers must be patient and should have the best luck fishing in the morning.


Columbia: Steelhead fishing has been fair below Bonneville Dam. Anglers have caught walleye near Camas and Washougal.

Cowlitz: Fish have been biting upstream from Mission Bar.

Lewis: Some anglers have landed steelhead from the bank on the north fork.

Nisqually: Fishing has been slow.