Fishing

Fishing report for Jan. 13

SALT WATER

CLAMS: The next razor clam dig will open Saturday, and includes some afternoon low tides the first few days of the dig. With the best digging an hour or two before low tide, this will allow diggers to be on the beach in daylight. Here are the dates, beach openings and low tide information:

Saturday, 4:15 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Sunday, 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Monday, 5:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Jan. 21, 7:13 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Jan. 22, 7:56 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Jan. 23, 8:40 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Jan. 24, 9:25 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis.

Looking ahead, the state also has set a dig from Jan. 30-Feb. 6 that will include some daylight digging opportunities. That dig will be approved when tests show clams are safe to eat.

FLY FISHING: The sea-run cutthroat trout are there, but getting them to bite has been a bit of an issue in recent days. Look for water moving at a slow walking speed along rocky beaches on the outgoing tide. Try amphipod and euphausiid patterns.

NORTH SOUND: The best action is in the San Juan Islands based on creel reports from boat ramps in Bellingham and Anacortes. A reminder that the daily limit in Marine Area 7 is now one salmon.

SOUTH SOUND: It seems to be a broken record for salmon anglers from Olympia to Tacoma, but the action remains very slow. Creel checks from Friday-Sunday showed no salmon caught buy the handful of anglers who did go out.

RIVERS

GREEN: The river is just starting to come back into shape, so there should be some fish around.

HUMPTULIPS: The river up around Stevens Creek has been fishing good to very good.

OLYMPIC COAST: The Sol Duc was the hot spot last week among the Forks-area rivers. Of 73 anglers checked over the weekend, they caught and released 93 wild steelhead, and another six hatchery fish. The Bogachiel and Calawah were also productive.

SKYKOMISH: The river is still producing steelhead at Reiter Ponds. Try using a bobber and jigs in pink and white.

WYNOOCHEE: The river has been fishing very well for steelhead now that it is back in shape. Boat anglers are pulling plugs or free drifting bait. Bank anglers are using jigs under a bobber.

YAKIMA: River conditions have improved and should be even better by the weekend. Look for the trout holding in slow-moving water, and deeper pool. Nymphs will work best now, although the trout might come to the surface if the midges are hatching.

LAKES

AMERICAN: A few rainbow trout are being caught by people casting Rooster Tail spinners among the reeds and logs in shallow water.

CHELAN: The action for kokanee and lake trout has been good to very good. Trolling orange mini-squid behind a dodger in sizes 00 to 0000 45-200 feet deep has been producing hits from suspended kokanee. Lake trout are holding 180-245 feet deep in the Barrens and the Trench.

MOSES: People who have been trying their luck ice fishing have been catching some yellow perch, trout and walleye. The ice has been best within 100 yards of the shoreline. Try using a green jig tipped with a bit of worm.

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