FISHING REPORT

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comDecember 25, 2013 

SALT WATER

South Sound: The staff at the Point Defiance Marina reports that fishing is fair with anglers catching fish by trolling with flasher and spoon. There are blackmouth to be had for those trolling about 10 feet off the bottom in front of the boathouse near the Les Davis Pier and Quartermaster Harbor.

North Sound: Anglers are catching fish south of the Clinton ferry terminal, but for the best action try trolling for blackmouth around the San Juan Islands, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center. “It’s the best salmon-fishing opportunity around right now,” he said.

Razor Clams: The last dig of 2013 and first dig of 2014 starts Sunday on four coastal beaches and continues through Jan. 5.

Twin Harbors will be open for digging for the entire eight-day dig. Long Beach and Mocrocks will be open Sunday-Jan. 4. Copalis is open Sunday-Tuesday and Jan. 4.

Diggers are limited to the first 15 razor clams and must have the appropriate permits. They are not permitted to dig before noon, and each individual must keep their clams in separate containers.

The evening low tides are 4:05 p.m. Sunday, 4:55 Monday, 5:42 Tuesday, 6:29 Wednesday, 7:15 Thursday, 8 p.m. Jan. 3, 8:45 Jan. 4 and 9:31 Jan. 5.

For more information visit wdfw.wa.gov.

Crabbing: Puget Sound closes to recreational winter crabbing at noon Dec. 31. Catch record cards must be submitted to the WDFW by Feb. 1 even for those who didn’t have a catch.

LAKES

American: “We haven’t had many people out for some time so I’m guessing it’s pretty slow,” said David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse. “All I have to report is Merry Christmas.”

Spanaway: There was a good turnout on the dock and banks on Christmas Eve with anglers using marshmallows and worms to score trout as large as 2 pounds. “They’re having a good time out there,” said Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House. Herlitzka said the fish are biting best about 10 a.m., late enough to open presents and have breakfast with the family before heading to the lake.

“Bring the big net because the fish are pretty big,” Herlitzka said. He’s seen several angler accidently knock fish off the lines using too small nets.

Offut: The action has been slow.

Washington: Cutthroat fishing has been good in recent weeks.

Sammamish: Good trout and cutthroat fishing.

Stevens: Kokanee are biting.

Chelan: Lake trout are biting for anglers who are trolling near the trench. Rainbows are biting for those fishing off the docks and trolling in the lower basin, said Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service.

Jones said try working at a depth of 195-245 feet at 1.1-1.4 mph. Anglers have been most productive about five feet off the bottom. Jones recommends using “Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies, Needlefish Squiddys and Kingfisher Lite spoons.”

Those angling from shore should try dunking Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire off of a 30-inch leader at Mill Bay, Jones said.

Roses: Don’t even think about venturing out on the ice yet, Jones said. “It is way too thin to be safe.”

Moses Lake: There have been reports of excellent perch fishing.

RIVERS

Cowlitz: Steelhead fishing has been decent near the Blue Creek boat launch.

Green: Some anglers are catching chum salmon.

Nisqually: It might take some patience, but some anglers are catching chum.

Puyallup: Drifting eggs under a float is working for some anglers.

Olympic Peninsula: “Limits aren’t the rule this year even though they usually are for the guide this time of year,” Chamberlain said. “... It’s been pretty mediocre.”

Skykomish: Steelhead fishing has been pretty slow. “But there are fish in the river, but you are going to have to work for them,” Chamberlain said.

Snohomish: Action has been slow, but there are steelhead to be had near Fall City for those willing to put in the time.

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