Fishing

Fishing report for Dec. 26

Weekend action should be good if we don’t get too much rain.

SALT WATER

CLAM DIG: The next razor clam dig will open Wednesday after tests showed clams are safe to eat. The schedule, with the low tide information: Wednesday, 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Thursday, 4:01 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Friday, 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. Kalaloch is closed this season.

NORTH SOUND: Marine Area 7 seems to be where the best winter blackmouth action is taking place. Use any kind of bait that resembles a 4-inch herring. A Silver Horde Tailwagger has been very effective.

SOUTH SOUND: The salmon fishing remains slow, in large part because the weather and the holiday kept many people off the water. Trolling with a flasher and spoon or artificial squid or mooching with herring seems best right now around the clay banks. Fishing in the Olympia area has been very slow. The squid fishing continues to be very good, but it usually ends around the middle of January.

RIVERS

COWLITZ: There are plenty of fish in the river; the key is finding then. Side drifting yarn balls or fish roe has been an effective way to cover lots of water until you find the steelhead.

OLYMPIC COAST: The steelhead action has improved as river levels have dropped. The issue will be how much rain falls this weekend.

SKYKOMISH: The steelhead fishing has been consistent in the Reiter Pond, Proctor Creek and Cable Hole section, with many anglers catching their limits. People also are catching steelhead between High Bridge and Sultan.

YAKIMA: The river conditions have slowly improved this week, so the fishing should be improved as well this weekend. Look for the trout to be holding in the dropoffs and pools at the end of runs. Nymphs and streamers will work best.

LAKES

AMERICAN: The trout action has been fair to good, with fish being caught around the lake. Anglers also are reporting catching yellow perch 60-70 feet deep.

ANGLE: This King County lake near the airport has been producing consistent catches of rainbow trout. The larger fish are holding in the deeper water. People are using worms or Power Bait or casting spoons.

CHELAN: People looking for some good kokanee action might want to head here. Look for fish in water 50-175 feet deep. Try trolling a red mini Cha Cha Squidder behind a size 0000 dodger. The lake trout action has been good as well.

WASHINGTON: Perch anglers are finding schools of yellow perch hanging close to the bottom in water about 70 feet deep off the south end of Mercer Island. Most of the fish are measuring about 10 inches.

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