SOUTH SOUND: The staff at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fishing in the area is very slow, but some anglers are catching flounder and sole. An epic squid fishing season has finally wound down.
RAZOR CLAMS: A razor clam dig concludes this weekend on the coast. Saturday (8:16 p.m. low tide, minus-0.1 feet) the open beaches are Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis. Sunday (9 p.m., 0.6 feet) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks are open.
The best digging is typically an hour or two before low tide. No digging is allowed before noon. State law requires diggers to have a fishing license and keep the first 15 clams they dig.
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The next digs are proposed for March 2-5 and March 16-24.
CHEHALIS: Steelhead are biting.
COLUMBIA: Bank and boat anglers are catching some steelhead at The Dalles Pool, but most are wild and must be released according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Bank anglers are catching steelhead at John Day Pool. Anglers are catching sturgeon from boats at the Bonneville and The Dalles pools and from the bank in the John Day Pool. Walleye are also biting in all three pools.
COWLITZ: According to the Feb. 9-15 sampling by the WDFW, eight boat anglers kept four steelhead, and 12 bank anglers came up empty. The Cowlitz has closed to smelt fishing. This week Tacoma Power recovered 28 coho adults and 67 winter-run steelhead.
LEWIS: Looking like a good place to try for steelhead.
SKOOKUMCHUCK: Steelhead are biting, according to several reports.
TILTON: Tacoma Power released 11 coho and 13 winter-run steelhead at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
OFFUT: Recently stocked with 900 cutthroat trout.
RIFFE: Fishing has been slow lately.
SPANAWAY: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says anglers using worms are doing well catching fish off the dock. Boat traffic has been light. A fly-fisherman has found success in multiple locations around the lake.
WASHINGTON: A report on washingtonlakes.com indicates bass and perch are biting.
CHELAN: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service says anglers are trolling for mackinaw in the Barrens and kokanee on Colyar Ledge. They’re also catching rainbows from the docks in Mill Bay.
POTHOLES: Annie Baltzell of MarDon Resort says, “Again this week, walleye anglers reported walleye up to 28 inches caught on spinner and (night) crawlers at the mouth of Crab Creek. Medicare Beach has also been showing some nice walleye for fishers trolling. Blade baits are producing more walleye but 99 percent under 20 inches.”