Fishing

Fishing report for Feb. 13

SALT WATER

CLAMS: An eight-day razor clam dig begins Sunday, with some low tides taking place during daylight. Here is the dig schedule and low tide information: Sunday, 3:47 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Monday, 4:37 p.m., minus-0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Tuesday, 5:24 p.m., minus-0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Wednesday, 6:08 p.m., minus-1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Thursday, 6:51 p.m., minus-1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors; Friday, 7:33 p.m., minus-0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Saturday, 8:16 p.m., minus-0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis; and Feb. 22, 9 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks. Digging is best an hour or two before low tide.

NORTH SOUND: Salmon fishing in Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will close at the end of the day Sunday. The closure is being done to protect wild-chinook stocks. In January, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife reduced the catch limit in the San Juan Islands to one salmon per day, down from two, and later limited fishing to Fridays through Sundays. Marine areas 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 8-1 (Deception Pass), 8-2 (Port Susan) and 9 (Admiralty Inlet) are scheduled to remain open into April. There have been positive reports from Elger Bay, Cama Beach and East Point.

SOUTH SOUND: Salmon fishing remains slow. A few blackmouth are being caught off the clay banks in Tacoma, with anglers trolling flashers and spoons about 10 feet off the bottom in water 120-150 feet deep. Some folks are still catching squid by jigging off local docks.

LAKES

AMERICAN: Dock anglers are catching a few rainbow trout. Pink and orange Power Eggs fished off the bottom have been effective.

BLACK: The action has been slow lately.

PASS: Fly-anglers are having success with minnow patterns cast toward shore to catch brown trout, while blood worms have been hooking rainbow trout.

POTHOLES: This is the time of year to pull out the blade baits and fish for pre-spawn walleye. You might not catch large fish, you should hook a lot of fish. Concentrate on the mouth of Crab Creek where it enters the main reservoir. Fishing the Lind Coulee arm has been tough, but will improve as the water level rises and the water warms.

RATTLESNAKE: The lake continues to be a good option. Fly-anglers should try Woolly Buggers or leeches in colors such as olive, maroon or black. Catch-and-release and selective gear rules are in place.

RIVERS

COWLITZ: The second opening for smelt dipping takes place Saturday (Feb. 14) from 6 a.m. to noon. Anglers can keep a limit of 10 pounds.

OLYMPIC COAST: This might be a weekend when it is worth making the drive to the Olympic Peninsula. River levels are dropping to normal after being unfishable last weekend. There should be some fresh steelhead in the rivers around Forks.

WYNOOCHEE: The river was produtive, and popular, before being blown out last weekend. With water levels dropping, this and other Southwest Washington rivers will be worth a try this weekend.

YAKIMA: Water clarity has been better above the confluence with the Teanaway River, but overall the river has slowly been improving. Flows are still high for this time of year, so look for the trout to be holding close to the bank.

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