Fishing

Fishing report for Jan. 20

RIVERS

CHEHALIS: Overall, the fishing has been fair as of late. Some people are still hooking into a late arriving coho salmon.

GREEN: A few steelhead are being caught. People are using lures like a Heddon Tadpolly with a silver body and orange stripes.

SKYKOMISH: Pink jigs with purple marabou tails, fished under a float, continues to produce good catches of steelhead.

WYNOOCHEE: The steelhead fishing has been very good to excellent. Pulling plugs through the holes has been very effective.

YAKIMA: Rain has raised water levels, but the river is still fishable. It should be in good shape by this weekend. Try San Juan worms as the river flow drops, as well as stonefly and zebra midge nymphs.

SALT WATER

CLAMS: A razor clam continues this week on some beaches. Here are the dates, beach openings and low tide information: Wednesday (Jan. 21), 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. The next dig has been tentatively set for Jan. 30-Feb. 6, including Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1), with another dig set for Feb. 15-22.

NORTH SOUND: The blackmouth fishing at Mid-Channel Bank is off to a fair start, if the weather allows folks to stay on the water. Blackmouth topping 10 pounds are being caught by people trolling anchovies or Silver Horde Coho Killers behind a glow flasher.

SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing remains very slow in Marine Area 13. A few fish are being caught off Point Gibson and other spots around Fox Island by trolling flashers with a hoochie in water 120-150 feet deep.

LAKES

AMERICAN: Anglers don’t seem to be catching a lot of rainbow trout, but the ones being hooked have been fairly large. One angler reported landing two fish over 20 inches long. Try chartreuse Power Bait fished off the bottom if you are fishing from shore.

CHELAN: Trolling for kokanee suspended 45-200 feet down has been very good. Try using Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in orange on a short leader behind Double D Dodgers in 00-0000 sizes. Bait the Cha Cha’s with Pautzke’s Fire Corn in natural or yellow. Lake trout are being caught in the Barrens and the Trench, 3-5 feet off the bottom. Rainbow trout are Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire on a 30-inch leader on a slip sinker rig.

LAWRENCE: The lakes is producing decent catches of rainbow trout. Some people fishing from shore are using orange Power Bait on a 3-foot leader.

MERWIN: People have been catching kokanee near the Speelyai launch. Trolling small lures or mini-squids in pink behind a small flasher should produce some strikes. Best action has been mid-day.

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