Cowlitz: The river has been slow to fair for summer-run steelhead in the Blue Creek area. Free drifting eggs from a boat has been most effective, but try back trolling baits or plugs when eggs are not working. The spring chinook action has been best at the barrier dam. Try using eggs and sand shrimp.
Green: People are catching a few steelhead and the water is in good shape. Floats and jigs or spinners are the most popular gear. Try No. 3 size spinners with a black blade and gold body or a gold blade and black body.
Skykomish: This has been the best of the North Sound rivers since steelhead fishing opened. People are also catching some spring chinook. Side drifting eggs is the best way to start, then consider a switch to plugs. Look for the fish to be close to the bank with river flows up.
Alder: The kokanee fishing has been good. The fish have been hitting orange or red Wedding Rings, tipped with a pink Gulp maggot and garlic scent, trolled near the surface. While the fish aren’t large, the numbers have been good.
Black: The fishing has been good, but not great. People are catching rainbow trout, some measuring 16 inches long, with Power Bait fished off the bottom. Bass, some weighing around 4 pounds, are hitting worms.
Nahwatzel: The trout action has been fair to good, with the best action early in the day. People using Power Bait with slip sinkers need to make sure their bait is high enough to keep it out of the weeds.
Potholes: Perch fishing has been good from the dock at MarDon Resort, including some 12-inch fish. Top-water lures fished along the face of O’Sullivan Dam has been very productive for smallmouth bass. In the Lind Coulee arm, diving plugs in a crawdad color or pattern, ½-ounce spinner baits in chartreuse or white have been good for smallmouth. Frog patterns are attracting the largemouth bass in the sand dunes.
South Sound: The salmon fishing has been good to very good, with reports of some chinook weighing 22 pounds. Jigging at slack tide at Point Evans has been successful, as well as fishing off Point Defiance on an outgoing tide.
Westport: The salmon season starts Saturday, with anglers allowed to catch hatchery chinook. The daily limit is two hatchery fish. Fishing is open seven days a week. Reports from commercial fishermen said they are catching some chinook. Salmon fishing off Ilwaco also opens Saturday.