Fishing

Fishing Report for Jan. 2

SALT WATER

SOUTH SOUND: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports anglers are catching salmon in Marine Area 13 (south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridges). Mooching and jigging are working in the Point Gibson area, but trolling with flasher and spoon or artificial squid might be the best bet. Squid are still being caught off the docks in the Tacoma area, but the season is winding down. Marine Area 11 (Tacoma and Vashon Island) is closed for salmon fishing.

NORTH SOUND: According to multiple reports, anglers have had some luck landing fish in the Seattle and Bellingham areas.

RAZOR CLAMS: The first razor clam dig of 2015 is underway on the Washington Coast. Long Beach and Twin Harbors are open for afternoon and evening digs through Wednesday. Mocrocks is open Saturday and Sunday. Low tides are 5:32 p.m. Saturday, 6:12 p.m. Sunday, 6:48 p.m. Monday, 7:23 Tuesday, and 7:57 p.m. Wednesday. Many diggers have had luck reaching their limit of 15 clams in recent digs.

The next dig is scheduled for Jan. 17-24.

CRABBING: The Puget Sound crab season ended Dec. 31 and crabbers have until Feb. 1 to report their winter catch. Reports are required even for those who did not catch crab. Those who do not file a report are subject to a $10 fine when they purchase their 2015 endorsement. Information from catch records is used for managing the Puget Sound crab fishery.

LAKES

AMERICAN: Action has been slow lately.

SAMMAMISH: Cutthroat trout are biting, according to recent reports on washingtonlakes.com.

SPANAWAY: Earlier this week Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House recommended using a 3- to 4-foot leader with a worm and a marshmallow for the best chance of catching trout off the dock.

CHELAN: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Guide Service reports good trout fishing. He suggests trolling glow-in-the-dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure at a depth of 180-245 feet in the Barrens and the Trench at a speed of 0.8-1.3 mph. Bank anglers are doing best using dough baits on a 30-inch leader with a slip-sinker rig.

RIVERS

CHEHALIS: Fishing has been good for some, according to a recent washingtonlakes.com report.

COWLITZ: Anglers are catching winter-run steelhead and coho with the steelhead return ahead of last year.

LEWIS: At last report, the winter-run steelhead return was one fish shy of doubling the return at the same time last year (107 this year after 54 last year).

SKYKOMISH: The Reiter Ponds area seems to be a good place to find success.

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