Fishing report for Oct. 3

The first razor clam dig of the season will start Tuesday after tests have shown clams are safe to eat. Digging will take place (with low tide info):

Tuesday: 6:26 p.m., minus-0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

Wednesday: 7:13 p.m., minus-0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

Thursday: 7:58 p.m., minus-1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

Friday: 8:43 p.m., minus-1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

Oct. 11: 9:28 pm, minus-0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis.

Oct. 12: 10:15 p.m., minus-0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.


BUOY 10: Anglers can keep up to three adult hatchery coho salmon as part of their daily limit from Buoy 10 to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line. Anglers can keep up to three adult salmon or hatchery steelhead daily, but one of those fish must be a hatchery coho. Anglers must release all wild coho.

CARBON: People are catching a few chinook and coho in the Orting area.

COLUMBIA: The salmon action has slowed a bit, based on state creel sampling. The 181,514 adult coho counted at Bonneville Dam through Tuesday is the second highest since at least 1938. The record is 225,388 fish in 2001.

COWLITZ: Fall chinook and coho are being caught throughout the river, but the action has been best downstream from the mouth of the Toutle. A few summer-run steelhead and sea-run cutthroats are also being caught.

HUMPTULPIS: Chinook fishing has been fair to good. People are having success free-drifting with eggs, casting a Blue Fox spinner or drifting corkies and yarn in green, black, red or pink.

TILTON: Tacoma Power crews last week released 737 fall chinook adults, 81 jacks; 2,010 coho adults, 162 jacks and four cutthroat trout into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

YAKIMA: Trout fishing has been good to very good. Fly- anglers are having success using smaller nymphs (size 16 and smaller), fished on lighter tippets and smaller indicators.


AMERICAN: People are still catching kokanee, but the vast majority of the action has been before the sun hits the water. Trying trolling with a Wedding Ring-style lure tipped with a maggot and pulled behind a green dodger.

CRESCENT: People targeting rainbow trout are catching plenty of small bass instead while trolling with a silver spinner or spoon.

MAYFIELD: People are trolling off Ike Kinswa State Park with Wedding Rings or small flatfish to catch rainbow trout.

POTHOLES: The lake level is rising, typical for this time of year. Perch fishing has been good off the sand dunes in water about 20 feet deep. The walleye action has slowed, but some limits are still being caught. People are using Rapala Shad Raps or spinner-night crawler rigs.


BEACHES: The action on the westside of Whidbey Island has been consistent. People are casting Rotators or Buzz Bombs, in shades of chartreuse, to hook coho.

CRABBING: A reminder that most areas of Puget Sound reopened Wednesday for crabbing. Open seven days a week through Dec. 31 are areas 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 12 and 13 (Olympia). Areas 10 and 11 (Tacoma) did not reopen.

SEKIU: Coho fishing remains very good to excellent, with lots of limits being caught. Look for the fish holding 75-95 feet down in water 250-600 feet deep.

SOUTH SOUND: A few coho are being caught, just not in the same numbers farther north in Puget Sound. A few blackmouth are being caught by people trolling a flasher and hoochie about 10 feet off the bottom in water 20-160 feet deep. Try fishing from the slag pile to the clay banks. People are hooking some squid from local docks.