Fishing report for Oct. 21


SOUTH SOUND: Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports blackmouth fishing has slowed after a good start, and the activity is quiet.

NORTH SOUND: Recent reports indicate fishing has been good near Port Townsend and Port Angeles.

RAZOR CLAMS: A weeklong razor clam dig starts Wednesday afternoon on the coast.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the dig after marine toxin test results showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon.

The dig is scheduled for Oct. 22-28 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, Oct. 24-26 at Mocrocks and Oct. 25 at Copalis.

“Most diggers were able to harvest their 15-clam daily limit fairly easily during the season opener earlier this month, except for one evening when some rough weather blew in,” WDFW shellfish manager Dan Ayres said in a prepared statement. “Some diggers noticed smaller clams at a few beaches, but those clams are growing quickly.”

Low tides are 6:31 p.m. (0.3 feet) Oct. 22; 7:07 p.m. (minus-0.1) Oct. 23; 7:44 p.m. (minus-0.4) Oct. 24; 8:22 p.m. (minus-0.6) Oct. 25; 9:03 p.m. (minus-0.6) Oct. 26; 9:47 p.m. (minus-0.4) Oct. 27; and 10:36 p.m. (minus-0.2) Oct. 28.

The best results are typically an hour or two before low tide, Ayres said.

The next razor clam dig is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 4-11.


COLUMBIA: According to a WDFW sampling, anglers made 2,800 trips on the lower river last week and caught 204 adult chinook and 424 adult coho.

COWLITZ: Last week Tacoma Power recovered 106 summer-run steelhead, 1,051 fall-chinook adults, 52 jacks, 14,936 coho adults and 596 coho jacks. It released 1,842 coho adults and 65 jacks in Lake Scanewa and 490 fall-chinook adults and 17 jacks and 1,793 coho adults and 62 jackets near Packwood.

CISPUS: Tacoma Power released 370 coho adults near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek last week.

KALAMA: Bank and boat anglers are catching fish according to the WDFW.

LEWIS: Including fish released, boat and bank anglers are averaging more than a fish for every two rods on the North Fork according to the WDFW. Fishing is slower at the mouth of the river.

TILTON: Last week Tacoma Power released 375 fall-chinook adults, 26 jacks and 1,111 coho adults and 24 jacks and seven cutthroat trout near Morton.

NISQUALLY: The section of the river downstream of Military Tank Crossing Bridge and at the mouth of Kalama and Clear creeks is open for the retention of hatchery chinook.


BRADLEY: This tiny lake was stocked with 200 fish last week.

KAPOWSIN: WDFW stocked the lake with 625 catchable-size trout last week.

OHOP: Recently stocked with 1,000 catchable-size trout.

CLEAR: An angler posted late last week on that while there weren’t many anglers on this Pierce County lake, fish are still biting.

ST. CLAIR: This lake is being stocked with 10,000 catchable-size trout each week.

VANCE CREEK: Ponds 1 and 2 were scheduled to be stocked with 1,000 and 7,500 trout, respectively, last week.

CHELAN: Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service reports trolling the Barrens and the Trench continues to be hot. Guides are looking for fish at a depth of 165-205 feet early in the morning and 210-250 feet later in the day. The bite has been better late in the day. Anglers are recommended to troll at about 1.3 mph with a glow-in-the-dark Smile Blade.