Fishing report for Nov. 3

No razor clam digging in November due to high toxin levels.
No razor clam digging in November due to high toxin levels. Staff file, 2011


RAZOR CLAMS: There will be no razor clam digs in November because of elevated marine toxin levels, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week. Domoic acid levels remain above the safety threshold of 20 parts per million.

“We can’t open the beaches for digging until toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat,” said Don Ayres, coastal shellfish manager. “Based on the latest results, we won’t be able to do that until mid-December at the earliest.”

Beaches have been closed for digging since spring when toxin levels climbed above safe levels. Domoic acid is produced by some types of algae and can be harmful and perhaps fatal if consumed. The acid was first detected on the Pacific coast in 1991 and has canceled three razor clam seasons in Washington, most recently in 2002-03.

SOUTH SOUND: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports a few blackmouth are being caught. Squid fishing has been excellent thus far, and the area is also open for crabbing.

GRAYS HARBOR: Closed until further notice because coho runs have not met forecasts.


ST. CLAIR: This well-stocked lake is scheduled to get another 6,000 trout by Nov. 13. It was stocked with 6,800 rainbow trout last week.

SHADOW: This lake near Maple Valley was stocked with 4,000 rainbow trout last week.

SPANAWAY: A few trout and perch were being caught despite light pressure. The lake was stocked with 6,000 small brown trout last week.

WASHINGTON: Perch fishing has been good for several weeks. Look for schools at a depth of 50-70 feet.


CISPUS: Last week, Tacoma Power released 125 coho adults and 311 jacks near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

COLUMBIA: Steelhead fishing has been good in the John Day Pool. White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the state line above McNary Dam. Catch and release is still permitted. The most recent state sampling showed 17 bank anglers kept one chinook last week, while 45 anglers in 17 boats kept 33 chinook and released two. A record was set for the Bonneville Dam adult fall chinook cumulative count. On Oct. 31, the count reached 950,250, surpassing the record of 950,087 set in 2013.

COWLITZ: Some fall chinook and coho are being caught near the barrier dam, and a few steelhead are biting near the hatchery. Most chinook were released. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 786 coho adults, 939 jacks, 607 fall chinook adults, 29 jacks, 36 summer-run steelhead and eight cutthroat trout. It released 313 fall chinook adults, 14 jacks, six coho adults and four jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

KALAMA: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife statistics show last week 53 bank anglers kept nine hatchery coho and four hatchery steelhead and released three wild chinook, three wild steelhead and a hatchery chinook. Ten boat anglers kept two hatchery coho and released one wild coho.

LEWIS: WDFW counts showed 10 bank anglers released three wild steelhead.

TILTON: Last week, Tacoma Power released 493 coho adults, 626 jacks, 249 fall chinook adults, 13 jacks and four cutthroat trout at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.