Razor clams: If you love clams, the day after Valentine’s Day is the time to head to the coast.
An eight-day razor clam dig has been approved for Feb. 15-22, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week.
“We’re expecting a good turnout this upcoming Presidents Day weekend,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Tides will be early enough the first few days that diggers can enjoy some daylight on the beach.”
The best digging is typically an hour or two before low tide. No digging is allowed before noon.
Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open Feb. 15-22; Mockrocks will be open Feb. 20-22.
Low tides are 3:47 p.m. on Feb. 15, 4:37 on Feb. 16, 5:24 on Feb. 17, 6:08 on Feb. 18, 7:33 on Feb. 20, 8:16 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 9 on Feb. 22.
State law requires diggers to have a fishing license and keep the first 15 clams they dig.
The next digs are proposed for March 2-5 and March 16-24.
South Sound: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports salmon fishing in the area has slowed “to almost nothing” since the Feb. 1 opening. Poor weather has kept people away.
For the best chance try using flasher and spoon or hoochie at a depth of 120-140 feet between Owen Beach and the clay banks.
Anglers are still catching squid.
North Sound: Results for the 12th Roche Harbor Salmon Classic are in with 338 anglers in 99 boats weighing in with 84 fish on Feb. 6 and 63 on Feb. 7.
David Reep of Mount Vernon won the $10,000 first prize with a 22.3-pound fish. Michael Surdyk of Bellingham was third with a 19.6-pound fish ($3,000) and was on the top boat. The boat, based in Snohomish, also included Larry Surdyk and Jason Henning caught five fish weighing a combined 64.3 pounds. The top boat price was $2,000.
Columbia: Portions of the upper river are open for hatchery steelhead fishing.
Cowlitz: A good option right now.
Olympic Coast: The rivers haven’t been in good shape lately, but they seem to be getting better. Daniel Bravo of Auburn Sports and Marine says the Hoh should be in good shape by the weekend.
Skookumchuck: Fishing should be good on the lower river, Bravo said.
American: Reports indicate jumbo rainbow trout are still biting.
Black: A recent reported posted at washingtonlakes.com indicated the action is slow.
Munn: Trout have been biting lately.
Sammamish: Cutthroat trout are biting.
Washington: Trolling with Orange label herring ought to do the trick for catching cutthroat, Bravo said.