Beaches: A razor clam dig continues through the weekend and into early next week. The best digging is one-two hours before low tide. Here are the beaches that will be open and the low tide times: Saturday, 7:36 p.m. – minus-0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday, 8:17 p.m. – minus-0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Monday, 9:48 p.m. – minus-0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Tuesday, 10:40 p.m. – minus-0.4 feet, Twin Harbors.
Fly-fishing: Sea-run cutthroat trout action remains good. Flies with olive or chartreuse in them have been effective. Some fish are measuring up to 18 inches long. Remember that sea-runs caught in salt water must be released.
Sekiu: Coho action is still pretty good, with people catching fish weighing 8-14 pounds, and a few chinook up to 16 pounds. People are fishing straight out from the marina, in water 600-700 feet deep.
South Sound: This might be the weekend to get back on the water. There have been good reports of coho being caught in the Redondo area, as well as north in Marine Area 10. Hopefully those fish are heading south. Fish seem to be holding deeper than normal.
Nahwatzel: Trout action has been fair to good. Try trolling with a Wedding Ring tipped with a worm, or still-fishing with PowerBait off the bottom.
Offut: Trout fishing has improved this week as water temperatures are finally cooling down. Anglers are catching fish using worms or PowerBait. Some of the rainbows are weighing up to 2 pounds.
Rufus Woods: Trout fishing has been good to very good, with people catching some limits. PowerBait fished near the net pens has been producing rainbows approaching 10 pounds.
Spanaway: Some limits of rainbows have been caught off the dock, with most of the fish are measuring 10-14 inches long. Most people are using PowerBait or worm/marshmallow combination. Fish are holding deep in the south end for boat anglers. Try a worm-and-Power Egg combo on a 4-foot leader.
Chehalis: There are chinook and coho being caught throughout the system.
Cowlitz: Chinook action should be good this weekend as the river levels drop. Flows below Mayfield Dam were 6,100 cubic feet per second. Plugs with some chartreuse coloring and jigs will work best right now.
Humptulips: The river is still not fishable. It was at 1,690 cfs Friday, well above the long-term median of 342 cfs.
Puyallup: Fishing early this week was halted by high flows and then a two-day closure on the lower river. River conditions should be decent for the weekend. Remember, the lower river will be closed Sunday-Wednesday.
Skokomish: The river should be high but fishable this weekend. The river flow was 1,760 cfs Friday morning, compared to the typical flow around 230 cfs.
Skykomish: With the river falling back into shape, the coho action should pick up. Using eggs will attract the coho and not the few pinks that are left.
Yakima: Water conditions are good and so is the trout fishing. Use nymphs early in the day, watch for blue wing olives midday and October caddis in the evening.Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, Tom Pollack at Sportco, steelheaduniversity.com, gamefishin.com, Olson’s Resort, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, washingtonflyfishing.com and Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org thenewstribune.com/outdoors