Crabbing: Crab season ends Thursday for most of Puget Sound, but an abundance of crabs in Hood Canal means an extended season in some areas. The state announced last week that the season will continue until Feb. 28 in Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) and the portion of Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) north of Hood Canal to the Foulweather-Bluff-to-Olele-Point line.
Crabbers must submit catch reports to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife by Feb. 1 even if they don’t catch crabs. Those who don’t submit catch reports will be fined $10 when they purchase their 2016 endorsement. They will not be required to record catches in January and February, but they must have a shellfish license with a Puget Sound crab endorsement. WDFW will survey the area to estimate the catch for the extended season.
South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina says salmon fishing has been slow. Squidding has been slow but patience has paid off for some.
North Sound: Squidding has been picking up the last few days says John Albertson of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. Blackmouth fishing has been slow but wind has kept most anglers off the water.
Columbia: Sturgeon season starts Friday. Anglers can keep legal-size sturgeon caught on the river and adjacent tributaries between the Bonneville and The Dalles dams (38-54 inches) and between The Dalles and McNary dams (43-54 inches). Also starting Friday, anglers can keep two hatchery adult chinook caught downstream of the Interstate 5 bridge. Chinook fishing will be closed upstream of the bridge.
Cowlitz: Starting Friday the limit for hatchery chinook on the lower river will be two. Last week Tacoma Power employees recovered 76 coho adults, 17 jacks, two fall chinook adults and three winter run steelhead at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Tilton: Closed to steelhead fishing starting Friday. Last week Tacoma Power released 14 coho adults, 10 jacks, two fall chinook adults and a winter-run steelhead at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.
Humptulips: Not many reports of late, Albertson said.
Kalama: Starting Friday, the limit for hatchery adult chinook will be one.
Lewis: Starting Friday the daily limit for hatchery adult chinook is one.
Skykomish: Anglers are having some luck fishing for steelhead, Albertson said.
American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says he saw three otters enjoying themselves on the dock earlier this week. They have the place to themselves because anglers haven’t been heading out.
Offut: Becky Pogue of Offut Lake Resort says anglers are mostly plunking and catching their limits. She recommends using Power Bait.
Scanewa: Last week Tacoma Power released seven coho jacks near the Cowlitz Falls Dam.
Washington: Perch fishing has been good, Albertson said. He recommends fishing at a depth of 60-70 feet.
Chelan: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service says mackinaw fishing is hot and kokanee fishing is picking up near Colyar Ledge. He’s been trolling at a depth of 180-245 feet at 0.8-1.3 mph in the Barrens and the Trench. Jones recommends using glow-in-the-dark Smile Blades in front of a 4-inch needlefish squid rig baited with a piece of northern pikeminnow. He also scents everything with Pautzke’s Liquid Krill.