American: Kokanee anglers are marking fish on their electronics, but can’t find any willing to take their bait or lures.
Chelan: Fishermen are finding schools of kokanee holding in water 50-150 feet down at Colyar Ledge. People have been getting hookups trolling a corn-tipped hoochie behind a chrome dodger.
Klineline Pond: This Clark County lake was stocked with almost 5,000 catchable-size rainbow trout in the past two weeks. Nearby Battle Ground Lake was planted with 3,000 trout.
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Roosevelt: Anglers who are trolling are finding fish holding in the top 15 feet of water. Ultraviolet dodgers with pink ultraviolet hoochies have been producing bites from rainbow trout and kokanee. Fishing earlier in the day when there are clouds has been the best time.
Olympic Coast: The rivers were blown out Friday, and unlikely to come back down enough to be fishable this weekend. The Hoh was at 20,100 cubic feet per second Friday morning. The steelhead fishing was fair prior to the rains, with the best action on the Sol Duc River. Creel checks Monday through Thursday of 33 anglers showed a catch of 36 wild steelhead and one hatchery fish.
Wynoochee: This and other rivers in the area are too high to fish.
Yakima: The river is fishing well, especially when overnight temperatures don’t fall below 30 degrees. Look for pods of trout holding in slow, deep pools. Streamers, stoneflies, midges and brassies all work this time of year.
Clams: The current razor clam dig will run through Wednesday at Long Beach. Copalis is open Friday (Jan. 22) only. Low tide times will be: 5:35 p.m. Friday, 6:16 p.m. Saturday; 6:54 p.m. Sunday, 7:31 p.m. Monday, 8:05 p.m. Tuesday and 8:39 p.m. Wednesday. Digging is best one to two hours before low tide. Domoic acid levels remain too high to open Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.
Fly fishing: Anglers are catching a mix of resident coho and coastal cutthroat trout. The trout seem to be hitting more on euphausiid patterns.
North Sound: The best action remains the San Juan Islands. Fishing seems better north of Orcas Island, and points Doughty and Thompson. The fishing in Marine Area 9 has been slow since it opened a week ago. Some fish are being caught on Possession Bar, Skunk Bay and Midchannel Bank. Coho Killers and Needlefish have been effective lures. The 13th annual Roche Harbor Salmon Derby will conclude Saturday.
South Sound: The Fox Island area continues to produce a few blackmouth. Squid fishing showed some improvement, but is slow overall.
Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joe Rotter at Red’s Fly Shop, steelheaduniversity, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, northwestfishingreports.com, Blake Merwin at Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Mike Chamerlain at Ted’s Sports Center.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640