COLUMBIA: Overall, sturgeon fishing is on the slow side in the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools. Boat anglers are catching some steelhead in all three pools, but most of the fish are wild and had to be released.
COWLITZ: The action remains on the slow side. State creel checks of 35 bank anglers showed a catch of just three steelhead kept.
OLYMPIC COAST: Overall, the action on the coastal rivers has been slow compared to earlier this month. The lone bright spot is the Sol Duc River. Creel checks of 62 anglers last weekend showed they caught 42 wild steelhead and five hatchery fish.
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YAKIMA: Warm weather early this week has river flows up near 3,600 cubic feet per second, about three times higher than normal during the winter. If the flows hold, and water clears, the fish should be holding closer to the bank as the week progresses.
AMERICAN: The kokanee fishing was very slow during the weekend.
MERWIN: People continue to catch kokanee along the south shore across from the Speelyai boat launch. Pink hoochies tipped with corn, trolled behind a flasher, has been effective.
RATTLESNAKE: The trout fishing was very good during the good weather during the weekend. Anglers were catching limits casting chartreuse spoons. Many of the fish are 12-13 inches long.
WASHINGTON: The fishing for yellow perch remains good to very good. Look for the schools holding 70-75 feet deep. The action has been good about a mile north of the Seahwaks training center in Renton. Anglers are using perch meat as bait.
CLAMS: The next razor clam dig will open Friday after tests showed the clams are safe to eat. How about some fresh chowder for Super Bowl Sunday? Here are the details on the eight-day dig: Friday, 3:43 p.m., 0.5 feet Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Saturday, 4:32 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; Sunday, 5:15 p.m., 0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Monday, 5:53 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Tuesday, 6:27 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Feb. 4, 6:59 p.m., 0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; and Feb. 6, 8 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors. Digging is best an hour or two before low tide.
NORTH SOUND: The most salmon are being caught in the Port Angeles-Port Townsend area, and by anglers in the Bellingham-Anacortes area. Based on state creel samples, the fishing improved through the weekend. There have been concerns salmon fishing in Marine Area 7 would close, but organizers of the Roche Harbor Salmon Derby said the state they will not have to cancel the Feb. 5-7 event.
SOUTH SOUND: It has been a very slow month for salmon anglers in Marine Area 12 (Olympia). The weather and poor fishing has kept most people home. In fact, through Sunday, just 48 anglers have been checked by the state. That would be a low number on a good summer day. Marine Area 11 (Tacoma) will reopen Sunday.