Here are some early reports as I work on the fishing report for Saturday’s newspaper:
Nisqually: The chinook are starting to move up the river, they just aren’t in a biting mood, based on a number of online reports. Only a few jacks are being caught at this time.
Puyallup: The salmon fishing is slow right now, even though some 15- to 20-pound chinook have returned to Voights Creek Hatchery, with the water off color. River flows were at 2,370 cfs Friday morning, just a bit above normal.
Yakima: Fly anglers are hooking plenty of rainbow trout on the surface. They are using hoppers and stonefly patterns. Fish early in the morning or start in the evening for the best action.
South Sound: People are catching some chinook off Lyle Point, Solo Point, off Tolmie State Park and Johnson Point. The fishing in Tacoma has been fair, with people catching salmon off the clay banks, Gig Harbor shore, Point Dalco and Commencement Bay. The chinook seem to be close to the surface early in the morning, before heading deep as the sun gets high.
Potholes: With water temperatures in the dunes topping 80 degrees, topwater bass fishing is very good. Try using frogs and buzzbaits. Floating Rapalas are catching lots of smallmouth bass along the face of the dam. Some smallmouth are pushing 5 pounds.
Spanaway: The action has slowed down in the last week, in part because few people are giving it a try. Still, people are catching limits of rainbow and brown trout. Dock anglers are having some luck just using worm. The farther you can cast, the bigger fish you will cast. Boat anglers are trolling with Wedding Rings or flies.