Fishing

Fishing report for Dec. 19

Diggers heading to the coast for the current razor clam dig should be aware of high surf conditions predicted for this weekend. The National Weather Service is forecasting the swells to reach 20-25 feet. Waves will come up the beach much farther than normal. With the low tides occurring at night, diggers should be extra cautious while at the water’s edge.

RIVERS

COWLITZ: People are catching coho in the upper river. Look for the fish holding in small eddies, then drift a marabou jig with a plastic worm on it. Bait fished under a float also has been effective.

NISQUALLY: The bite has been fairly consistent, just not great. People are landing chum salmon using black/pink jigs or corkies and yarn.

OLYMPIC COAST: Now that they have dropped back into shape, the Bogachiel and Calawah have been producing a fair number of hatchery steelhead. Bait anglers are drifting eggs or shrimp under a float, while the gear guys are using divers with bait or plugs. Look for the fish near the hatchery creeks.

YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been very good for fly anglers. Try patterns that include stonefly nymphs, midge larvae and San Juan worms, all fished under an indicator.

LAKES

OFFUT: The action has been fair in terms of numbers, but the size of the fish has been good. Most people are fishing with Power Bait and worms off the bottom. A few limits of rainbows are being caught for those willing to put in the time.

POTHOLES: Walleye fishing has slowed, but people are still catching limits of fish measuring 18-22 inches. Most walleye anglers are using blade and swim baits in the Lind Coulee Arm, Goose Island area, the sand dunes and off Medicare Beach. Dock anglers are catching some yellow perch and crappie.

RUFUS WOODS: The action has been good for rainbow trout near the net pens, with some fish weighing 10 pounds. Look for the fish holding in water 10-25 feet deep on the flats near the dropoff to deeper water. Try using white or chartreuse jigs.

SPANAWAY: Dock and bank anglers are catching a few fish. The trout are measuring up to 18 inches. Still fishing with worms and either marshmallows or Power Eggs on a 5-foot leader has been the best method.

SALT WATER

CLAM DIG: A razor clam dig will run through Tuesday. No digging is allowed before noon. Here are the dates, beaches and low tide information: Friday, 4:41 p.m., 0.0 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.

CRABBING: We’re headed into the final week of crabbing for the 2014 season. Those areas that remain open will shut down Wednesday. Winter catch reports are due to the state by Feb. 1.

FLY FISHING: The beach action for searun cutthroat trout has been fair. Try shrimp patterns, or poppers on the surface.

SOUTH SOUND: The wind has kept many anglers off Puget Sound. In the Tacoma area, some winter blackmouth are being caught from the clay banks to the Point Defiance Marina. Look for fish in water 150-160 feet deep. Trolling a flasher with a hoochie or spoon 10 feet off the bottom has been effective.

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