Fishing

Fishing report for Jan. 16

LAKES

OFFUT: Dock anglers are catching some limits of rainbow trout. While most people are using worms and PowerBait, the key seems to be leader length. Start with a 3-foot leader and then adjust until the fish start biting.

POTHOLES: Walleye fishing has been good in the last few days. People are catching the fish off Medicare Beach in water 22-35 feet deep. Some larger fish are being caught off the face of the dam using 6-inch swim jigs.

SPANAWAY: Dock anglers are catching some limits of trout, including some brown trout weighing up to 4 pounds. Most people are using a needle to inflate a worm, or use a marshmallow or Power Egg to get the worm off the bottom. Try using a 4-foot leader and fish fairly close to shore.

SALT WATER

CLAMS: The next razor clam dig open Saturday (Jan. 16), and includes a couple of afternoon low tides. 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., minus-0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Monday, 5:47 p.m., minus-1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., minus-1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Wednesday, 7:13 p.m., minus-1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Thursday, 7:56 p.m., minus-1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Friday, 8:40 p.m., minus-0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Jan. 24, 9:25 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis.

FLY FISHING: Anglers are using amphipod and euphausiid patterns to hook resident coho in spots along the Tacoma Narrows. Fishing the moving tides, which stir up the shrimp-like bait.

NORTH SOUND: Marine Area 9 reopened to salmon fishing Friday. Typical hot spots are Double Bluff, Mid-Channel Bank, Possession Bar and Skunk Bay.

SOUTH SOUND: The salmon action in Marine Area 13 remains slow overall. Popular locations this time of year are the mouth of Wollochet Bay, Point Gibson and Green Point. Jigging for squid remains good from local docks.

RIVERS

COLUMBIA: In the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers are averaging more than 3.5 sublegal size fish per rod, and a legal size fish for every 8.7 rods. A few legal fish are being caught in the The Dalles and John Day pools.

COWLITZ: The steelhead action has slowed down, but anglers are catching a few here and there, as well as some coho. As of Jan. 7, more than 108,400 adult coho have returned to the salmon hatchery.

OLYMPIC COAST: River levels have settled back to normal, and the Sol Duc seems to be the best water now for wild fish. The Boagchiel and Calawah are good options, while the Hoh remains slow.

SKYKOMISH: This seems to be the most consistent water for landing steelhead. Purple jigs fished in the soft seams under a float has been effective in producing strikes.

WYNOOCHEE: The river is a good option for steelhead. Trying running a purple plug through the holding runs.

YAKIMA: The river is in good shape, and the trout fishing should be improved this weekend.

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