Fishing

Fishing report for Dec. 16

LAKES

AMERICAN: Rainbow trout seem to be holding close to the bottom in deeper water, about 55-65 feet deep. Trolling seems to be the best method right now.

ROOSEVELT: People fishing off Sterling Point over the weekend were catching plenty of rainbows. The fish were within 15 feet of the surface and were hitting Rapalas, Kekeda trolling flies or mini-squid.

WASHINGTON: People are catching cutthroat trout and yellow perch, just not in large numbers. Perch are schooling in water 65-75 feet deep. Use a grub tipped with perch meat. Trout are hitting a mini-hoochie trolled behind a 6-inch flasher.

RIVERS

NISQUALLY: The chum action has improved in the last week or so. Anglers are having success casting spinners or drift-fishing with chartreuse corkies and yarn on a 3-foot leader.

OLYMPIC COAST: Fishing for hatchery steelhead should be pretty good now that the rivers have returned to near-normal levels for this time of year. There is rain in the forecast but not enough to send flows back to the flood-like levels a week ago.

PUYALLUP: Anglers are hooking some coho and chum, even though the river is still a bit high. There are reports of having success floating a shrimp-tipped jog under a float. Jigs in blue, pink, green or purple — or a combination of those — have been effective.

SKYKOMISH: Some people are catching their limit of hatchery steelhead, fishing from Reiter Pond to Proctor Creek.

YAKIMA: Look for trout holding in dropoffs and pools at the bottom end of large riffles. Trout starting feed in late morning and will keep feeding to midafternoon. Try midge, stonefly, caddis and skwala patterns.

SALT WATER

BEACHES: The next razor clam dig will open Friday. The digging typically is best one to two hours before low tide. No digging is allowed before noon. Here are the dates, beaches and low tide information: Friday, 4:41 p.m., 0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Saturday, 5:23 p.m., minus-0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Sunday, 6:06 p.m., minus-1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Monday, 6:48 p.m., minus-1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; and Tuesday, 7:31 p.m., minus-1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

FLY FISHING: People are catching some sea-run cutthroat trout, which must be released, but the beach action has slowed. Anglers also are hooking an occasional coho and small blackmouth. Some chum are still being caught in Hood Canal, but they are dark.

NORTH SOUND: The most consistent chinook fishing has been in the Anacortes-Bellingham area, based on state creel checks. Hit the Edmonds dock for squid action. The beaches on the west side of Whidbey Island are producing good catches of steelhead.

SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing locally has been very, very slow. How bad is it? Weekend creel checks at six boat ramps showed 44 anglers came back empty-handed. Those anglers with the time and patience are hooking a few blackmouth. One angler landed one fish that topped 11 pounds. Jigging for squid off local docks continues to be very good.

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