Fishing report for Jan. 9


CLAMS: The state has announced the sport clam fishery in Frye Cove Park will not open until May 1. Surveys show the clam population has decreased at the Thurston County park beach, requiring a shorter season.

NORTH SOUND: Effective Monday, anglers in Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will be allowed to keep just one salmon. The current limit is two. The state is reducing the daily limit to control the impact on depleted salmon stocks. The fishery might close before the scheduled end date of April 30 if the area’s catch guideline is met. Fishing has been fair to good in waters off Jefferson Head and Kingston.

SOUTH SOUND: Anglers in Marine Area 13 (Olympia) are catching a few blackmouth off Point Gibson, Green Point and the mouth of Wollochet Bay. Watch for fish feeding on midges at the surface. Trolling has been the most effective method.


COWLITZ: The steelhead action has been very good since the waters have receded and cleared. Making the action even better is that the average size of fish being caught has been larger than typical.

GREEN: The action for steelhead has been slow this past week.

NISQUALLY: The river closed on Tuesday.

OLYMPIC COAST: Focus on the terminal areas in the Bogachiel and Calawah for steelhead. Roe, jigs or beads under a float have been effective.

SKYKOMISH: The Reiter Ponds section is fishable, and people are catching steelhead. Jig under a float seems to be working best. Despite rain in the weekend forecast, the river should be in good shape for those wanting to give it a try.

WYNOOCHEE: The upper stretch is fishable now, the rest should be by the weekend.

YAKIMA: Flows are still fairly high for this time of year, making fishing more difficult. Look for trout to be holding in slower, deeper pockets.


AMERICAN: While the numbers aren’t great, anglers are hooking some nice-size rainbow trout. Trolling in the north end with hoochie in green or pink has been effective. Watch for fish feeding on midges at the surface.

ISLAND: This lake is fishing well for trout, as are nearby Nahwatzel and Spencer. Boat anglers are having the best success, fishing with Power Bait or a nightcrawler close to the bottom. Some are fishing their bait under a bobber, and others are using slip sinkers.

POTHOLES: People continue to catch walleye using blade baits in 25-60 feet of water. Some walleye over 30 inches long are being caught using 5- to 6-inch swim baits along the face of O’Sullivan Dam and the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway.

WASHINGTON: Fishing for cutthroat trout has been good to very good, with some fish weighing 5-to-6 pounds. Look for fish off the southern end of Mercer Island, then moving south toward the Cedar River as the month goes on. Try trolling in the top 20 feet of water with a No. 2 or 3 needlefish spoon.

Contributors: Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Marina,, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, Red’s Fly Shop,, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640