Fishing Report: 3 days left in coastal razor clam dig

Tacoma News TribuneFebruary 28, 2014 

SALT WATER

Razor clams: There are three days left in the current coastal razor clam dig.

The dig, highlighted by clams Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says are “fattening up earlier than usual,” takes place at Twin Harbors today-Monday. Digging is also permitted at Long Beach and Mocrocks today and Sunday and at Copalis on Saturday.

All digs are scheduled on the evening tide and no digging is allowed before noon. Evening low tides are 6:32 today, 7:13 Sunday and 7:53 Monday.

Licensed diggers can take up to 15 clams per day. Each digger must keep the first 15 clams they dig and keep their take in a separate bucket.

South Sound: Pressure is still light, but an angler caught a 20-pound fish recently, according to the staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Catches of this side are rare this time of year. The staff recommends trolling near the slag pile, Les Davis Pier and Quartermaster Harbor.

North Sound: Blackmouth fishing has been fair.

LAKES

American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says anglers are still doing well landing rainbows off the dock. He recommends using PowerBait with a shrimp scent.

For kokanee, Anderson suggests trolling at a depth of 20-25 feet with dodger, short leader and wedding band lure.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says fishing is improving with boat anglers doing the best. He recommends still fishing with PowerBait to catch rainbows. Marshmallows and PowerBait are working for some on the dock. The water temperature is up to 48 degrees.

Sammamish: Cutthroat fishing has been good here.

Washington: Anglers are finding success landing trout.

Chelan: Kokanee fishing is heating up on the edges of the lake, says Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service, and mackinaw and rainbows are still biting. 

For kokanee, Jones recommends trolling at 1-1.5 mph with a Mack’s Lures Double D dodger trailed by one of Mack’s Lures orange or pink Mini Cha Cha Squidders baited with Pautzke’s Fire Corn.

He recommends trying Colvar’s Ledge with Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in chartreuse and orange when trying for trout. From the bank, he recommends, using a slip sinker rig and Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire or Worden Lures Roostertails.

Potholes: Anglers are catching their walleye limits using blade baits and swim jigs according to MarDon Resort officials. Boat launches are ice free. And jigging at depth of 50-60 feet near Goose Island seems to be doing the trick. For Perch use Swedish Pimples tipped with crawlers, maggots or perch meat. Perch are biting for ice fishers in Lind Coulee.

Seep lakes: Many Eastern Washington seep lakes open today. MarDon Resort officials recommend the ice free lakes as good options for catching rainbows.

RIVERS

Columbia: Downstream from the Interstate 5 bridge, 103 anglers, 26 in boats, failed to catch according to the WDFW’s Feb. 17-23 report. The action has been slow in The Dalles Pool but the John Day Pool is producing some bites.

Cowlitz: A Feb. 17-23 WDFW sampling reported no catches by 17 anglers, but there are reports of success on washingtonlakes.com. Today is the last day for smelt dipping. Tacoma Power and the Cowlitz Fisheries Technical Committee will hold its annual Cowlitz Fisheries Annual Program Review meeting March 12 at 5 p.m. at Centralia College.

Olympic Peninsula: Steelhead fishing has been good here. Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood recommends trying the Hoh, Queets, Satsop or Wynoochee rivers. Those with strong rowing skills might find success on the Sol Duc River.

Washougal: The Feb. 17-23 WDFW sampling showed 12 boat anglers kept one hatchery steelhead kept and released 3 hatchery and 6 wild fish.  Meanwhile, 20 bank anglers released 2 hatchery steelhead.

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