Fishing

Fishing Report for Dec. 12

RIVERS

COWLITZ: Action has been good here in recent weeks with anglers catching coho and steelhead.

GREEN: Todd Rock of Auburn Sports and Marine says anglers can land some late chum. Also, steelhead are being caught below Soos Creek.

LEWIS: Some anglers on the North Fork have had luck landing coho and steelhead from the banks, but action has been slow on the main stem.

NISQUALLY: Rock says this will probably be a good place for chum this weekend. “Drift fish with corky and yarn or float a pink-and-purple jig tipped with a bit of prawn meat,” he says.

TOKUL: This creek opens at 7 a.m. Saturday from the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge upstream to the posted cable boundary marker below the hatchery intake. Expect crowds and an excellent chance to catch fish, Rock said.

WYNOOCHEE: Steelhead fishing could be good this weekend even though the river is still a bit high, Rock says

LAKES

OFFUT: Not much action here of late.

RIFFE: Recent reports indicate coho and rainbows are biting near the Mossyrock Dam. Try worms, shrimp or both.

RUFUS WOODS: Rainbow trout are biting for those willing to make the trip. Try trolling the upper reservoir with chartreuse plugs or casting crawfish imitations.

POTHOLES: Mike Meseberg of MarDon Resort reports, “Walleye fishing pressure has been light lately. Walleye are showing in the 19- to 21-inch category with more frequency than years past. Dock fishers are catching some perch and crappie with an occasional walleye.”

SALT WATER

SOUTH SOUND: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports that it continues to be a “phenomenal squid year” with catches happening all day and into the evening.

Wind has kept many anglers off the water, so pressure has been light. But some are doing well trolling with flash and hoochie or spoon about 10 feet off the bottom.

RAZOR CLAMS: Another December razor clam dig has been approved by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, according to a statement released by the agency.

The dig will take place Dec. 19-23 on the Washington coast. Long Beach and Twin Harbors are open for digging each day, while Mocrocks is open Dec. 19-21 and Copalis will be open Dec. 20.

“This late December opener will be a great time to stock up on razor clams,” Dan Ayres, WDFW’s coastal shellfish manager, said in a prepared statement. “Smoked razor clams can make a tasty appetizer at a holiday gathering.” He says smoked clams will keep in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

The best digging is typically an hour or two before low tides. Low tides are 4:41 p.m. Dec. 19, 5:23 p.m. Dec. 20, 6:06 p.m. Dec. 21, 6:48 p.m. Dec. 22, and 7:31 p.m. Dec. 23.

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