The Skykomish river has remained great for summer run steelhead those looking to target summer run steelhead should focus their attention up river starting at the Wallace flats and working up river towards the Reiter ponds area. Those looking to target steelhead should be prepared with a supply of jigs, beads, spoons and bait as all those techniques have resulted in plenty of fish making it to the bank.
Popular jig sizes have been both 1/16th and 1/8th oz sizes. The best colors in jigs have been nightmare, peach, orange, white and all black. Most anglers have been using floats in the 1/2oz size to target these fish in the lower clearer water. If floating a jig isn’t your cup of tea think about either drift fishing or float fishing a bead. Popular beads have been the bnr softbeads as well as steelhead beads in both the 10mm and 12mm size. Popular colors have been the more natural red and translucent colors especially as the water starts to drop and clear up over the summer.
Looking for a heart stopping steelhead bite?? Try tossing spoons in some of the tail outs on the upper part of the river and prepare to get your arm ripped off. Spoons are a great way to trigger the aggressive nature of a summer run steelhead after you have finished fishing through an area with slower moving presentations. Popular spoon colors this time of year include 50/50 brass/silver, hammered brass, hammered nickel. Popular brands consist of Pen Tac and R&B spoons.
Fishing for kings on the Skykomish has remained fair as the fishing should pick up during the next rise in water. Those looking to chase the kings in the Sky should focus their attention around the Wallace flats as well as the lower river around Lewis Street Bridge and around the prison hole. The best ways to target the kings has been using eggs and sand shrimp in some variety. Float fishing, side drifting and pulling bait behind a diver are all good ways to catch some Skykomish River Kings!
Halibut Fishing will have one more day of being open on this Saturday the 23rd. Anglers can target the halibut in Marine Areas 3-10. Fishing has remained steady and anglers looking to target the halibut should come with a supply of bait such as black or blue label herring, squid and octopus. Anglers should fish their presentations on a spreader bar and a 7-9” glow hoochie. Take advantage of the last day of halibut fishing Washington will offer this season!
Anglers should take advantage of the bass and panfishing that Washington state has to offer over the summer as it is a great way to get the family involved! Almost all lakes in Western Washington have some sort of panfish and bass population so it’s a great activity to get kids involved.
When it comes to catching panfish nothing beats a bobber and a worm around any sort of structure such as docks, trees, weeds and lily pads. If you don’t want to use live bait, then fishing a small jig under a float is a great way to catch all panfish species including crappie.
Bass fishing should remain strong throughout the summer on a variety of techniques from soft plastics and jigs to top water. Summer time is a great time to throw top water lures for bass such as frogs and walking style baits. There is nothing quite like seeing a big bass break the surface of the water to eat a lure in the summer! Fishing during the heat of the day anglers should look to fish around any sort of shade as the bass will hunker down during the sunny days to ambush prey and protect their eyes. When fishing around cover anglers should look to fish with slower moving presentations such as a Yamamoto Senko or a Dirty Jigs Pitching Jig with a Strike King Rage Craw trailer. When it comes to lakes most lakes all around western Washington will be able to provide some sort of bass fishing opportunity.