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Good fishing at Spanaway Lake

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on July 30, 2008 at 1:14 pm with No Comments »
July 30, 2008 1:14 pm


Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says lake fishing is starting to slow down around Western Washington.

"There are still fish, but you have to be willing to put in the time," Chamberlain said.

Mineral Lake Resort manager Michael Gordon agrees. After several good weeks, he says the action is starting to slow on Mineral Lake.

One lake where the fish are still biting is Spanaway Lake.

"It’s not slow at Spanaway," said Bud Herlitzka of the park boathouse. "Fishing is good and people are catching nice fish."

Herlitzka says anglers are doing best using PowerBait. Limits are being caught off the dock and by those trolling across the top of the water.


Washington: "Downriggers are a must right now," Chamberlain said. Anglers are catching cutthroat and bass using downriggers and spoons.

Mineral: Cliff Stouffer of Tacoma recently landed a 2 3/4-pound rainbow trout from the dock using orange power eggs, Gordon said. However, Gordon says warm weather has led to slower fishing. The trout are staying low in cooler waters. Worms and marshmallows or power eggs continue to produce the best results.

Tanwax: There are rainbows and bass to be had off the dock and the bass are also biting near the lily pads. The crappie and perch are also biting.

Drano: WDFW reported recently that many anglers are catching their limit of steelhead.

Chelan: Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service says this is a good time for evening fishing. However, heading out early to troll near Minneapolis Beach is also a good way to land fish, he said. Jones suggests trying T-4 Purple Glow flatfish with an Action Disk.


Puyallup – Snowmelt has left the river nearly unfishable although some anglers are still trying according to the staff at Work, Sports & Outdoors in Orting. Salmon fishing opens Aug. 16.

Cowlitz: WDFW officials say steelhead fishing has been good with anglers catching summer run steelhead near the trout hatchery.

Kalama: There a steelhead to be caught accord to Pritchard’s Western Angler. Early morning and late evening are the best times to try.

Lewis: The WDFW reports that boat anglers are catching steelhead at the mouth of the river.

Skykomish: Steelhead fishing is good between Reader Pond and Sultan, Chamberlain said.

Wallace: Chamberlain says Chinook fishing is excellent at the mouth of the river.


Tacoma: Fishing was good last week but slowed a bit over the weekend according to the Point Defiance Boat House. The best places to troll continue to be the clay bank and slag pile.

South Sound: Zittel’s Marina reports that anglers did better Monday than they did over the weekend. Those doing best are trolling near Johnson Point at a depth of 30 to 50 feet.

North Sound: Chamberlain says the best fishing continues to be near Port Townsend. He describes the fishing as OK but expects it to improve in the coming weeks.

Sekiu: Fishing has been best earlier in the morning according to Olson’s Resort.

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