For those who missed the story, a limited smelt-dipping season opens on Cowlitz on Saturday. This will be the first time in four years that smelt dippers will be able to try their luck, but only on the Cowlitz and just the next four Saturdays.
Sport anglers will be allowed to dip their nets from 6 a.m.-noon from the banks of the river Saturday, Feb. 15, Feb. 22 and March 1. The limit is 10 pounds per person, equal to one-fourth of a 5-gallon bucket. No fishing license required.
Chehalis: Steelhead fishing has been very slow. The river flow is about half of what it should be for this time of year.
North Sound: The few stretches of river that remain open have been producing but a handful of steelhead.
Olympic Coast: A few people are fishing, but the action has not been good. They are catching a steelhead here and there, but low, clear water and a lack of fish are making conditions difficult.
Skookumchuck: Steelhead fishing has been very slow this week, probably due to low water levels.
Wynoochee: Steelhead fishing is fairly slow, partly due to low water levels. Some people are hooking fish, drifting a white jig under a float. Fishing on the nearby Satsop also has been slow.
Yakima: Trout fishing has been slowed by very cold temperatures. People are seeing a few adult skwala stoneflies on the surface.
North Sound: People are catching some blackmouth in the area bounded by Possession Bar, Double Bluff and Point No Point. Try trolling near the bottom in 120-150 feet of water with a flasher trailed by a 3-inch spoon.
Point Whitney Tidelands: The sport clam season closed until further notice. Surveys show the clam population on the small beach has decreased, requiring a closure. The Point Whitney Lagoon, located behind the cyclone fence, remains open for clamming through March 15. Oyster season at Point Whitney Tidelands remains open through June 30.
South Sound: Fishing in Tacoma-area waters has been very slow since it opened a week ago. No one has been going out because of the cold temperatures and northerly winds. If you do go, try trolling off Les Davis Pier, Quartermaster Harbor and the slag pile. It has been the same story in the Olympia area; no one is fishing right now.
American: Some people are catching a few kokanee. Try trolling some pink ultraviolet mini-squids behind a dodger. Run your gear about 30-40 feet deep.
Black: People are reporting catching some rainbow trout, using pink Power Eggs.
Harts: A few rainbows are being caught by people willing to deal with the cold and put in the time. Successful anglers are using yellow Power Eggs on a 2- to 21/2-foot leader.
Kitsap: Trout anglers are catching some fish using PowerBait, Power Eggs or an inflated worm fished off the bottom.
Offut: There has been little action because most anglers are staying home. The few who braves the elements have been catching a trout or two.
Potholes: Freezing temperatures have created ice-fishing opportunities in the Lind Coulee arm. Yellow perch, some walleye and a few burbot are being caught. Some people are using Swedish Pimples tipped with a maggot, night crawler or perch meat.
Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Bob Gooding at Olympic Sporting Goods,gamefishin.com
, state Department of Fish and Wildlife,washingtonlakes.com
, Jack Mitchell at The Evening Hatch, Gary Krein at All-Star Fishing Charters, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Mike Zittel at Zittel’s Marina, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, Don Wells at Harts Lake Resort and Deli.Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org/outdoors