Continued high levels of domoic acid on most coastal beaches have forced the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to delay the opening of the razor clam season. Only the levels at Copalis (18 parts per million) are below the safety threshold of 20 ppm. The other levels are: Long Beach (41 ppm), Twin Harbors (44 ppm) and Mocrocks (26 ppm).
Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said if levels continue to decline, it’s possible some beaches could open in mid- or late-November.
Domoic acid, caused by certain types of algae, can be harmful or fatal if consumed in enough quantities.
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CLEAR (Pierce): Still fishing with a small red spinner has been producing catches of kokanee. Look for the fish on the north side of the lake, in water 25 feet deep.
HARTS: The crappie action has been very good in recent days, as well as the fishing for bullhead catfish. Some of the crappie have been dinner-plate sized. People are using jigs and black woolly buggers for the crappie.
OFFUT: The lake is still on the warm side, so the action has been on the slow side. People are catching some trout, perch and bass. Hopefully the rain and cool evenings will help drop the water temperatures.
POTHOLES: Cooler water has walleye feeding often and aggressively, meaning plenty of limits are being caught. The waters off Medicare Beach are producing rainbow trout, some weighing more than 4 pounds. Topwater lures have been producing plenty of bass.
CHEHALIS: The fishing has been slow throughout the system, but people are catching some chinook in the Humptulips. Try bouncing pink jigs along the bottom.
OLYMPIC COAST: The Sol Duc, outside of Olympic National Park, has been fishing very well for cutthroat trout. The Hoh, also outside of the park, has been producing catches of coho and chinook salmon, and cutthroat trout.
PUYALLUP: The fishing remains on the slow side. Reminder, the river from the 11th Street Bridge to Freeman Road will be closed Sunday-Wednesday.
SNOHOMISH: People are catching a good number of coho. Some people are bumping eggs along the bottom, without a float. Others are twitching pink or purple/black jigs.
YAKIMA: The trout fishing has been very good. Anglers are having success fishing a size 16 Parachute Adams dry fly. Blue wing olives, in size 18, also have been effective during the large hatches. River flows are hovering around 1,000 cubic feet per second, ideal for wade fishing.
NORTH SOUND: The hot coho action off Sekiu should be moving farther into Puget Sound thanks to the recent rain. A lot of bait on Possession Bar has been attracting a lot of coho. Beach anglers on Whidbey Island have been catching their limits of coho, with many fish weighing 7-9 pounds. Buzz Bombs, Rotators or herring under a float have been working.
SOUTH SOUND: Look for coho from the Redondo area to the mouth of Puyallup River, and on the Gig Harbor shoreline from Point Fosdick to Point Richmond. The majority of the fish are being caught close to shore. Crabbing has been fair since the season reopened.
WESTPORT: The action for coho inside the boat basin remains good, with people hooking a lot of jack salmon.
Contributors: State Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Evening Hatch, Waters West Flyfishing Outfitters, salmonuniversity.com, Point Defiance Boathouse, Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, Mike Meseberg at MarDon Resort, Harts Lake Resort & Deli, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, northwestfishingreports.com.
Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640