Sports fishermen with dip nets will be allowed to dip for smelt along the Cowlitz River bank from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday and Feb. 14. Each dipper can keep 10 pounds of smelt (about one-quarter of a five-gallon bucket) per day, with no more than one day's limit in possession.
ANGLE: Overall, trout fishing has been on the slow side, but people are catching some rainbows and yellow perch by fishing with worms right off the bottom.
CHELAN: Trolling for lake trout has been best within 3-5 feet of the bottom in the Barrens area. Kokanee are being caught at Colyar Ledge, with the fish suspended from 45-200 feet deep. Rainbow trout are being hooked with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire in Mill Bay.
ROOSEVELT: For the most part, fishing for large rainbow trout has been good, with some off days. Try trolling a red or orange Wedding Ring tipped with a worm. People fishing near the dam are hooking into some large kokanee with corn-tipped spinners.
ST. CLAIR: The trout action has been fair to good from late morning into the early afternoon. Try trolling with a green Wedding Ring tipped with a worm, or a gold spoon.
CLAMS: The current razor clam dig will run through Friday at various beaches. Here are the details: Wednesday, 6:59 p.m., 0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Thursday, 7:30 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; and Friday, 8 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors. Digging is best an hour or two before low tide. The next dig is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 15-22.
FLY-FISHING: Anglers chasing sea-run cutthroat trout have been having success in Hood Canal and on South Sound beaches. Try shrimp-like patterns or small baitfish patterns in olive or white. Resident coho are being hooked around the Tacoma Narrows, Fox Island and Purdy Spit.
NORTH SOUND: The best salmon fishing has been from the San Juan Islands south toward Port Townsend.
SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing in Tacoma waters has been slow since fishing opened Sunday. A few blackmouth were caught opening day, and the action has been hit and miss since. A few squid are still being caught off local docks. One angler reported online of having caught some large flounder by jigging on the Nisqually flats.
COWLITZ: Steelhead fishing has been fair, based on state creel samples. Three boat anglers kept six steelhead, while 26 bank anglers kept two steelhead and released one fish.
OLYMPIC COAST: The Sol Duc continues to put out the most steelhead, based on state creel samples. There were 52 anglers checked, and they had a catch of 38 wild (released) and three hatchery fish. While attracting fewer people, anglers on the Calawah averaged almost a fish per person last week.
SKYKOMISH: Steelhead fishing was very slow over the weekend, with just a few fish being caught.
YAKIMA: Trout fishing has been fair to good. Try casting streamers on a floating line into the pockets of slow water close to the bank. River flows are dropping and should improve as the weekend nears.