South Puget Sound area fishing report for Aug. 23

Fishing report for Aug. 23.
Fishing report for Aug. 23.


South Sound: Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island), excluding the fishing piers, is closed to salmon fishing through Aug. 31. The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports trolling and jigging has worked for catching salmon in Marine Area 13, south of the Narrows Bridges, in places such as Chambers Bay and Point Gibson. Crabbing has been good.

Westport: Ocean salmon fishing in this area closed over the weekend. The Westport Charterboat Association reports anglers catching tuna on two-day trips about 60 miles off the coast.


American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says perch fishing is good, and he reports at least one kokanee angler catching a limit. Rainbow trout fishing has been slow.

Drano: Boat anglers were catching steelhead last week.

Long: Anglers typically have the best luck fishing in the evenings.

Mayfield: Tacoma Power released 4,000 rainbow trout last week and plans to soon release another 4,000. Salmon season starts Sept. 1.

Pattison: Usually a solid choice in August for those hoping to land bass.

Scanewa: Not much success reported here, but starting Sept. 1, anglers can keep up to 10 hatchery rainbows.


Cispus: Last week, Tacoma Power released 108 spring chinook adults and 15 spring chinook jacks upstream of Yellow Jacket Creek near Randle.

Columbia: Anglers averaged a chinook every 10 rods last week at Buoy 10, according to state officials. Action seems to be heating up below Bonneville Dam, where anglers also are catching sturgeon and walleye. The state reports that the 44,229 adult fall Chinook counted at Bonneville Dam from Aug. 1-22 are the third most since at least 1938. The record is 48,817, counted in 2013.

Cowlitz: Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 217 spring chinook adults, 32 jacks, 41 mini-jacks, 21 fall Chinook adults, three jacks, one coho adult, 534 summer-run steelhead and five cutthroat at the salmon hatchery separator. The agency released 85 spring chinook adults, 16 spring chinook jacks and three fall Chinook adults at Packwood’s Franklin Bridge. State officials sampled anglers last week and counted 55 boat anglers who kept one adult chinook and 45 steelhead. Also, 63 bank anglers kept four adult chinook and 10 steelhead while releasing seven fish. Steelhead were sampled mostly from Mission Bar to Blue Creek.

Kalama: Fall chinook are in the river, but state officials say there have been no reports of angling success.

Lewis: Some have had luck fishing from the banks on the north fork.

Nisqually: Slow according to most recent reports.

Tilton: Last week, Tacoma Power released 18 fall chinook adults, three jacks, one coho adult and five cutthroat trout at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.

Toutle: No report of angling success, according to state officials.