Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will run in Saturday’s Sports section.
Black: The afternoon fishing has been pretty good for all species but trout. The crappie and yellow perch action has really improved.
Harts: The crappie fishing has picked up in recent days, while the trout action has been in ther slow side. Mini-jigs in green-white or yellow-white fished under a bobber have been effective for crappie.
Potholes: Perch fishing continues to be excellent. The walleye action continued to improve this week, but still is a bit inconsistent. Some days people are bringing in limits, and others they are working to find biting fish. Fishing for smallmouth bass along the face of O’Sullivan Dam continues to provide great action. State fish biologists are asking anglers to keep their limit of smallmouth bass –10 fish with one over 14 inches – because the reservoir is over populated with smallmouth.
Spencer: Trout fishing has been excellent. In fact, all the lakes in that part of Mason County have been fishing very well so far. Most people are using rainbow or chartreuse Power Bait or nightcrawlers.
Skagit: The spring chinook fishing is starting to improve, with the best action between the mouth of the Cascade and Rockport. Eggs fishing behind a diver has been an effective method.
Wynoochee: People are catching a few summer-run steelhead, but the action is not red hot. Most people are using jigs, spoons or spinners in the deeper holes.
Yakima: The fly fishing action for trout has been very good, especially in the lower canyon. Try small nymphs fished fairly shallow, or pale morning duns when you see rising fish. The river flow is hovering around 3,000 cfs.
South Sound: Chinook fishing in Marine Area 11 remains good with more than 40 fish counted by the state checkers last weekend. People are finding fish off Salmon Beach and jigging on the slack tide at Point Evans. Some fish are being caught off the Clay Banks and Point Dalco. Fox Island and Anderson Islands have been good spot in Marine Area 13. Try jigging with Point Wilson Darts or mooching with herring.
Westport: People are hooking a lot of wild salmon, which have to be released. A few hatchery chinook are being caught up off the Quinault Casino in water 40-80 feet deeep, and a few more around the North Bowl. On opening weekend, June 8-9, there were 684 anglers who took part in the fishery and they brought in 179 marked chinook.