SOUTH SOUND: More than 891,000 coho (approximately 20,000 more than last year) are expected to return to Puget Sound rivers with the central and south Sound anticipated as the “bright spots,” the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced recently. The forecast also calls for 6.5 million pink salmon to return, on par with 2013. However, the number of returning chinook is expected to lag a bit.
Until then, Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports salmon fishing in the South Sound is promising with anglers landing fish as large as 12½ pounds despite light pressure. Fox Island and Point Gibson are good places to test your luck.
RAZOR CLAM: A razor clam dig is underway on the coast through Thursday.
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Long Beach and Twin Harbors are open for digging after noon on Wednesday and Thursday. Low tide is 5:59 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Diggers must keep the first 15 clams they dig, and each digger must keep their take in a separate container.
The next scheduled clam dig is proposed for March 16-24, with the digs switching from evening to morning tides on March 21.
CISPUS: Last week Tacoma Power released two steelhead adults above Yellow Jacket Creek.
COLUMBIA: About 900,000 fall chinook are expected to return this year to the river marking the third-largest run since 1938 according to the WDFW. About 255,000 hatchery chinook are expected to return.
WDFW counted nearly 100 boats and 200 bank anglers on Feb. 28 but has yet to conduct its first spring chinook sampling. Bank anglers are catching steelhead in the John Day Pool. Boat anglers average a walleye per rod in The Dalles Pool and two per rod in the John Day Pool. An estimated 149 (13.6 percent) of the 1,100 sturgeon guideline were taken during the winter season. Fishery managers will meet in March and April to set the summer retention season.
COWLITZ: The most recent WDFW report says 12 boat anglers surveyed kept eight steelhead and 21 bank anglers kept three steelhead. At the hatchery separator, Tacoma Power recovered 19 winter-run steelhead.
LEWIS: March 15 is the last day to fish on the east fork.
MILL CREEK: Salmon and steelhead fishing closes March 15.
TILTON: Tacoma Power released four winter-run steelhead at Gus Backstrom Park in Morton.
TOUTLE: Open for fishing on the south fork until March 15.
WASHOUGAL: Last day for salmon fishing is March 15.
AMERICAN: Anglers are catching trout according to multiple reports.
SPANAWAY: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says anglers are catching browns and rainbows from the dock and from boats. Some fish are as large as 18 inches. Flies, worms and PowerBait all have produced results.
RATTLESNAKE: An angler posted Sunday on washingtonlakes.com that he caught and released 11 fish at this lake near North Bend.
WASHINGTON: The projection of 165,000 sockeye returning this year falls well below the 350,000 minimum to consider a recreational fishery on the lake, according to a recent WDFW statement. Sockeye fisheries will be considered for Baker Lake and the Skagit River.
CHELAN: Mackinaw fishing has been good lately, according to Darrell and Dad’s Guide Service.