Fishing Report for Dec. 11

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comDecember 11, 2013 

SALT WATER

Beaches: The next razor clam dig will begin Saturday, after tests showed clams are safe to eat. The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, but digging is not allowed at any beach before noon. Here are the dates, low tide times and locations for this dig:

Saturday: 4:45 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis.

Sunday: 5:26 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Monday: 6:03 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Tuesday: 6:38 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors.

Wednesday: 7:12 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors.

Fly fishing: The action for sea-run cutthroat trout remains good, and resident coho are starting to show up more frequently. Patterns that mimic amphipods or other aquatic insects will work better now than baitfish patterns.

South Sound: The salmon fishing has been fair. Most people are trolling with flashers followed by spoons, hoochies or herring. Best action has been off the Tacoma shore from Owen Beach to the grain elevators. Few people have been fishing in the Olympia area.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: The action seems to have improved. Boat and bank anglers are catching steelhead mainly around the trout hatchery, while bank anglers at the barrier dam are mainly catching coho.

Humptulips: The river has been producing good catches of coho. People are drifting pink jigs, tipped with shrimp, under a float. A steelhead also is being landed now and then.

Kalama: Low effort and catches last week, although some coho jacks were caught and released.

Lewis: A mixture of fall chinook, coho and steelhead on the North Fork Lewis. Fishing on the mainstem Lewis has been slow. The North Fork from Colvin Creek upstream to the overhead power lines below Merwin Dam opens to fishing for chinook, hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead Monday.

Nisqually: After showing signs of improvement, the river action was slow over the weekend.

Olympic Coast: The lower Hoh has been the best option for hatchery steelhead. With warmer temperatures and rain in the forecast, the action should pick up this week.

Puyallup: Few people have been fishing the river, and only an occasional chum is being landed.

Skykomish: Some people are catching steelhead, but the action certainly isn’t red hot. Most people are drifting shrimp-tipped jigs under a float.

Tilton: During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 242 coho adults, 104 coho jacks and one fall chinook adult into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Wynoochee: A few steelhead are being caught, but it is one here and one there from day to day. River flows measured near Aberdeen and Montesano are well below normal.

Yakima: There is lots of ice in the river, even as air temperatures warm a bit.

LAKES

Chelan: The cold weather has not slowed the lake trout action. Try trolling an Ace Hi-Fly next to the bottom in the trench, at speeds from 1 to 11/2 mph. People also are catching some rainbow trout near the surface and a few kokanee.

Munn: The lake, like other lowland lakes, should fish better as the temperatures rise. Still, look for the fish holding deep. Fly anglers might want to try chironomids or leeches, fished on an intermediate sinking line with a slow retrieve.

Spencer: The lake has been producing consistent catches of rainbow trout. Try floating worms, trolling with a pink or orange Wedding Ring tipped with a worm, or Smile Bade flies in purple or chartreuse.

Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Waters West Flyfishing Outfitters, gamefishin.com, Red’s Fly Shop, washingtonlakes.com, Joe Heinlen of Lake Chelan Adventures, Gig Harbor Fly Shop, and Ron Adams at Verle’s Sports Center. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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