Fishing

Fishing report for Jan. 23

SALT WATER

CLAMS: The current dig comes to an end Saturday (Jan. 24) The low wide of 0.1 feet will be at 9:25 p.m.; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis will be open. 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.

FLY FISHING: The action off area beaches has been good for sea-run cutthroat trout. Bait fish patterns have been the most effective. A few resident coho have been caught on shrimplike patterns.

NORTH SOUND: The salmon fishing has been consistent in the San Juan Islands. Look for the fish to be suspended in the water column, rather than hugging the bottom. Hoochies seem to be most effective right now. Just a few fish are being caught at Mid-Channel Bank and Point No Point.

SOUH SOUND: The Fox Island area, especially Point Gibson, has been fair for blackmouth. Troll with a spoon or hoochie about 10 feet off the bottom in water 120-150 feet deep.

RIVERS

COLUMBIA: The action for sturgeon has been slow, although a few legal-size fish are being caught in the Bonneville and John Day pools. Walleye anglers were averaging two fish per rod in the John Day Pool.

COWLITZ: The steelhead action has slowed some, according to state creel checks. Reports are that the water is dirty, so try side drifting your bait close to the bank if you are fishing from a boat.

SKYKOMISH: The steelhead action has been fair to good this week. People are using jigs tipped with shrimp, spoons or worms in orange or pink. The Reiter Ponds stretch has been the most productive.

WYNOOCHEE: If you are headed here this weekend, expect a crowd, despite reports that the fishing has been tough the last few days. People are trying a mix of eggs, jigs and plugs. Some anglers feel the fish are still in the lower river.

YAKIMA: The river is back in shape, although still high for this time of year. It should be fishing well this weekend. Look for trout holding in water moving at a slow walking pace. Nymphs will likely be best.

LAKES

HARTS: The action has been on the slow side, but some trout are being caught if people are willing to spend the time. Try fishing Power Eggs off the bottom on a 2.5- to 3-foot leader.

MUNN: The action has slowed down, in part because of the pressure the lake has received after being stocked this fall. Still, it is worth a try. Try small woolly buggers stripped in slowly.

POTHOLES: Anglers fishing the main lake are using blade baits in water 22-64 feet deep to catch walleye. Swim baits also have produced when cast and brought in with a slow retrieve. The yellow perch fishing has been fair to good. Try using a jig and pig tipped with a night crawler.

ST. CLAIR: The trout action has been consistently good. Chironomids fished deep or blood worms have been working best.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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