Fishing Report for Nov. 27

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comNovember 27, 2013 

SALT WATER

South Sound: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing in the area has been pretty good when it’s not windy. Anglers are having the best luck using a flasher with either a spoon, herring or hoochie at a depth of 120-150 feet between the boathouse and the clay banks.

North Sound: Fishing has been pretty good according to Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. For best results, fish at a depth of 130-150 feet. “If you’re not taking chances and hugging the bottom you probably aren’t going to do that well,” Chamberlain said.

Chamberlain says squidding has been good in Seattle and Edmonds.

Razor clams: An eight-day razor clam dig starts Saturday on the coast. The dig will feature the lowest tides so far this season.

“We’ve had some great digs so far this season, but this one could be truly exceptional,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “If the weather cooperates, most diggers should be able to get their limit in record time.”

The digs are Saturday at Copalis, Saturday-Dec. 7 at Twin Harbors, Saturday-Dec. 4 at Long Beach and Saturday-Dec. 3 at Mocrocks.

Diggers can take 15 clams, but they must be the first 15 they dig. All diggers 15 and older must have the appropriate permits.

LAKES

American: The lake was recently stocked, so trolling should yield fish. David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says the cold weather seems to be keeping anglers away.

Spanaway: From his Spanaway Park Boat House office, Bud Herlitzka can see anglers doing well off the dock. He recommends using a worm and marshmallow. “Bring a big net,” he said. “I see a lot of people stamping their feet out there because they lost a fish trying to use a small net.”

Perch are biting for fly-fishermen, and boat anglers are catching browns on the east side of the lake.

Black Friday fishing: Black Friday isn’t just the biggest shopping day of the year, it’s also a good day to go fishing. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been stocking local lakes for anglers who’d rather be on the water than in the malls.

“Our Black Friday event offers great opportunities for anyone — including beginners or anglers returning to the sport — to wet a line to catch a stringer of big, hard-fighting trout,” Chris Donley, WDFW’s inland fish program manager, said in a prepared statement earlier this month.

Spencer: This Mason County lake is scheduled to be stocked with 2,000 fish by Friday. Another 4,400 fish were planted here in October.

Fort Borst Park Pond: The WDFW planned to stock the pond with 2,000 fish by Friday.

South Lewis County Pond: Another pond scheduled to be stocked with 2,000 fish by Friday.

Carlisle: This Lewis County lake was stocked with 399 rainbow trout last week.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Anglers are catching coho near the salmon hatchery and sea-run cutthroats near the trout hatchery.

Kalama: Anglers are catching coho jacks and steelhead, but most are being released.

Klickitat: Boat and bank anglers on the lower ricer average about one coho per rod, according to the WDFW.

Lewis: While action has been slow on the main stem, boat anglers on the North Fork are averaging one salmon per rod. Bank anglers were also catching chinook and coho but not quite as many.

Quillayute: Chamberlain says many anglers are gearing up for weekend steelhead trips to this Clallam County river.

Sammamish: Anglers are doing well landing trout.

Skykomish: Salmon fishing is pretty much done for the season, but the steelhead fishing is just warming up, Chamberlain said.

Snohomish: Winter steelhead fishing is starting to improve.

Washington: Trout fishing has been pretty good here recently, Chamberlain said.

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