Fishing

Fishing report for Dec. 23.

RIVERS

CHEHALIS: Anglers are reporting catching coho with Vibrax spinners. Look for the fish holding in the slow-water shallows along the gravel banks.

COLUMBIA: Some coho are still being caught by people in boats fishing the mouth of the Klickitat River.

COWLITZ: Anglers are catching equal numbers of winter-run steelhead and coho throughout the river. The salmon hatchery stretch is best for coho, and the trout hatchery is the spot for steelhead.

GREEN: The steelhead action has been slowed by poor river conditions in the last few days.

LEWIS: Just a few fall chinook, coho and steelhead are being caught.

OLYMPIC COAST: River levels are pretty high, but some steelhead are still being caught. The action should improve as the water level lowers The action, while on the slow side, was best last weekend on the Calawah River, according to state creel checks.

SKYKOMISH: People are hooking some steelhead, as well as chum and coho. Pink jigs fished under a float have been effective.

TILTON: Last week, Tacoma Power employees released 256 coho adults, three jacks and two cutthroat trout into the river at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

YAKIMA: Trout fishing has been good, but flows jumped to almost 4,000 cubic feet per second on Monday. Give the water time to clear and fall back to its normal level, then the action should improve.

LAKES

AMERICAN: People are still catching some kokanee when fishing for other species. The kokanee, while fairly large, around 18 inches long, are pretty dark at this stage.

MUNN: While the lake is not producing a great number of fish, those that are being caught are fairly large. Some of the fish are measuring more than 20 inches long. Try using a No. 2 red tiger Vibrax spinner.

RATTLESNAKE: Trout fishing has been good, when the water allows people to get on the water. The best action has been in the early afternoon. Fly-anglers are using Adams patterns skated along the surface, blood worms in water 10-12 feet deep or trolling Woolly Buggers.

SALT WATER

CLAM DIG: The next razor clam dig is scheduled to open Dec. 31, if tests show the clams are safe to eat. Here is the schedule, with the low tide information: Dec. 31, 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Jan. 1, 4:01 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Jan. 2, 4:49 p.m., minus-0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Jan. 3, 5:32 p.m., minus-0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Jan. 4, 6:12 p.m., minus-0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Jan. 5, 6:48 p.m., minus -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Jan. 6, 7:23 p.m., minus-0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; and Jan. 7, 7:57 p.m., minus-0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

FLY-FISHING: The South Sound is the place to look for sea-run cutthroat trout. Try a popper pattern on a floating line on the surface, or a conehead squid pattern fished under the surface. The key is to keep moving along the beach, and from beach to beach, until you find fish.

SOUTH SOUND: The action for salmon anglers has been slow, mainly because so few people have been on the water. Those fish that are being caught weigh 5-11 pounds. Squid jigging from local docks remains very good. A state creel check Saturday of 19 anglers at the Point Defiance Boathouse showed they had caught 393 squid.

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