The next coastal razor clam dig starts Thursday at Twin Harbors and will last until Feb. 12 with opportunities to dig on three other beaches.
Twin Harbors has the most clams and is open Thursday through Feb. 12. Long Beach is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Copalis and Mocrocks beaches are open Friday and Saturday.
Most diggers hit their 15-clam limit during the most recent dig, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported.
Diggers may not share buckets and must keep the first 15 clams they find.
Tacoma: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff reports fishing in the area is slow. Some anglers have had luck near the grain elevator and Quartermaster Harbor.
South Sound: Try mooching near Point Gibson.
North Sound: The action has been slow, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. However, some anglers are heading to Whidbey Island and finding luck landing steelhead. Fishing for blackmouth has been inconsistent. The best blackmouth fishing has been around the San Juan Islands, an area that can be tricky for experienced anglers, Chamberlain said. Smelt fishing has been good at times in Oak Harbor, Cornet Bay and off the Edmonds Pier.
American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says almost every day an angler limits on rainbow trout off the dock. Most are 14 inches or longer. He recommends using yellow PowerBait or worms.
Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says there are fish to be caught here. He recommends using a worm and bobber with a 2-foot leader off the dock to catch rainbows and browns. Those who are trolling have caught browns up to 3 pounds. Chironomid pattern flies are also doing the trick.
Chelan: Trout fishing has been good here.
Goodwin (Snohomish Co.): “There are nice rainbows here,” Chamberlain said, “and (they) should continue to be good here for quite some time.”
Ice fishing: While some Eastern Washington lakes have reported unsafe ice, Chamberlain said ice fishing has been good on Fish Lake near Lake Wenatchee. Anglers are reporting catches of yellow perch as long as 10 inches.
Sammamish: Trout fishing has been decent, Chamberlain said.
Washington: Some anglers are catching trout.
Columbia: Not much action on the lower river. Boat anglers appear to be having better luck than bank anglers when it comes to catching sturgeon and steelhead near The Dalles and John Day pools. Boat anglers are having the best luck with walleye and bass in the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools.
Cowlitz: No reports of anglers catching fish according to the WDFW, but last week Tacoma Power recovered six winter-run steelhead, 17 coho adults and four jacks at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Skykomish: Steelhead fishing has been slow this winter but some anglers have found success at the Reiter Ponds.
Public meetings regarding proposed changes to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing rules are scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Olympia. The WDFW commission meets at 8:30 a.m. each day in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building at 1111 Washington St. S.E.
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