FISHING REPORT

bruce.drysdale@thenewstribune.comJanuary 25, 2014 

Clam diggers can return to coastal beaches beginning Tuesday for six days of razor clam digs, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The WDFW approved the dig based on marine toxin tests indicating the clams are safe to eat.

All digs are scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon. Here are the dates, times, tides and beaches:

Tuesday: 4:36 p.m.; minus-0.7 feet; Twin Harbors.

Wednesday: 5:25 p.m.; minus-1.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Thursday: 6:11 p.m.; minus-1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Friday: 6:55 p.m.; minus-1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Feb. 1: 7:38 p.m.; minus-1.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis.

Feb. 2: 8:20 p.m.; minus-0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

The next razor clam dig is tentatively scheduled for late February.

Salt water

South Sound: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) will reopen Feb. 1.

North Sound: Blackmouth fishing has been a bright spot in Marine Area 9 (north of Edmonds, west of Whidbey Island). The best fishing is right off the bottom. Fish are in the 6- to 7-pound range, ranging up to 12 pounds — and the further west, the bigger the fish.

Rivers

Nisqually: Will close for steelhead fishing at the end of the month. Fishing has been slow.

Green: A few fish are being caught; the stream closes at the end of the month.

Wynoochee: A few steelhead are being caught.

Satsop: Slow for steelhead.

Chehalis: Hit-and-miss for steelhead.

Stillaguamish: The North Fork has reopened from the Swede Heaven Bridge downstream approximately 4 river miles to the French Creek confluence.

Cascade: The river, a tributary of the Skagit River, remains closed from the Rockport-Cascade Road downstream to the mouth to aid with the collection of winter steelhead broodstock. It is scheduled to reopen Feb. 1.

Cowlitz: During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 121 coho adults, 20 coho jacks and six winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, and 126 coho adults, 13 coho jacks and one winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

Washougal: A recent creel count found that 60 bank anglers kept two steelhead and released one, and 21 boat anglers kept two steelhead and released nine.

Columbia: There is little to no effort in the Bonneville and The Dalles pools. Boat anglers are catching some steelhead in the John Day Pool. The Bonneville Pool is closed for sturgeon retention. Boat anglers averaged nearly 2.5 walleye per rod in the John Day Pool.

LAKES

American: Fishing is decent for rainbow and kokanee. Try yellow dough bait and shrimp-flavored baits off the dock. Trollers are bringing back some nice kokanee.

Offut: There’s a two- to three-hour window of good fishing off the dock nearly every day; unfortunately, the time is unpredictable. Plenty of fish are in the 16- to 18-inch range. Try dough bait or worms.

Potholes: Winter fishing is still going strong. Smallmouth bass can be caught fishing the rocks around Goose Island.

Contributing to this report: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood; Randy Anderson of Sportco Warehouse Sporting Goods in Fife; Becky Pogue of Offut Lake Resort; David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse at American Lake; MarDon Resort at Potholes Reservoir. Bruce Drysdale: 253-597-8666 bruce.drysdale@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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