Fishing

Fishing report for Dec. 30

RIVERS

COWLITZ: People are catching a mix of winter-run steelhead and coho salmon. State creel checks of 96 bank anglers showed a catch of six steelhead and six adult coho, while 25 boat anglers kept eight steelhead and three adult coho. So far, the winter steelhead return of 660 fish is ahead of the count (349) a year ago.

LEWIS: The steelhead count is 107, well ahead of the tally (54) at this time a year ago.

OLYMPIC COAST: The Calawah River and Bogachiel River were the most productive waters this past weekend, based on state creel checks.

PUYALLUP: The river is closed to fishing Wednesday. The action has been very slow.

SKYKOMISH: The most consistent catches of winter-run steelhead in the North Sound has been coming from this river. Focus on the Reiter Ponds section of the river.

TILTON: Last week, Tacoma Power employees released 261 coho adults, six jacks, two winter-run steelhead and two cutthroat trout into the river at Gus Backstrom Park in Morton.

YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been slowed by water levels higher than normal for this time of year and cold water temperatures. Look for fish holding along ledges and drop offs in slower water.

LAKES

AMERICAN: Overall, the action is slow. However, one angler reported catching a rainbow trout that weighed 5.5 pounds.

CHELAN: The lake trout action has been very good during the holiday break. Try trolling in water 180-245 feet deep in the Barrens and the Trench with glow-in-the-dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure. Keep your gear within 3-5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 0.8-1.3 mph. Bank anglers using dough baits like Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire on a 30-inch leader on a slip sinker rig are catching rainbows.

SPANAWAY: The pressure has been very light because of the holidays. Dock anglers are catching a few trout measuring 14-18 inches long. Use a 3- to 4-foot leader with a worm and a marshmallow.

SALT WATER

CLAM DIG: The next razor clam dig begins Wednesday. 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; Saturday, 5:32 p.m., minus-0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Sunday, 6:12 p.m., minus-0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Monday, 6:48 p.m., minus -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Tuesday, 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.

CRABBING: The 2014 recreational Puget Sound crab season — in those areas still open — will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. All sport crabbers licensed to fish for crab in the Sound will have until Feb. 1 to report their winter catch.

NORTH SOUND: The best salmon action, based on state creel reports, has been in the Anacortes-Bellingham area.

SOUTH SOUND: The salmon action is very, very slow. The best action has been for squid off local docks.

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