Fishing

Fishing report for Dec. 18

The state has approved the first razor clam dig of the season. It will take place on evening low tides Dec. 24-26 at Copalis only.
The state has approved the first razor clam dig of the season. It will take place on evening low tides Dec. 24-26 at Copalis only. jmayor@thenewstribune.com

LAKES

Isabel: Trout fishing, like at so many other lakes, has been slowed by the cold weather.

Offut: Thanks to recent plants, people are catching some limits of trout. Most people are fishing with Power Eggs and a worm off the bottom, and others are slowly trolling with Wedding Rings.

Potholes: Walleye fishing has been slowed by inclement weather, although a 24-inch, 6-pound fish was caught in the Lind Coulee Arm. Blade Bait lures have been effective. Look for prespawn males schooled over underwater structures or break lines where the depth changes.

Spanaway: Pressure has been very light, so the catching has been very light.

Washington: Fishing for yellow perch has been good off Waverly Beach Park on the Kirkland side of the lake. Look for schools of perch holding in water 65-90 feet deep. Anglers report using perch meat or 1-inch Gulp Minnows in the smelt pattern.

RIVERS

Carbon: The action is less than ideal, but people are catching an occasional coho.

Humptulips: People have been catching coho, but the river and the others in the area will likely be out of shape for the weekend.

Olympic Coast: The rivers might be marginal this weekend after the recent rains. Flows were rising and the clarity was decreasing. There have been fish around, however, when the rivers are fishable.

Tokul: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife opened a stretch of the creek Thursday to fishing for hatchery steelhead and other game fish. Fishing is allowed through Feb. 15 from the Fish Hatchery Road bridge upstream to the posted cable boundary marker below the hatchery intake. The stream has been open from the bridge downstream to the mouth.

Yakima: River conditions have improved, but cold weather is expected through the weekend. There was snow on the river banks Friday morning. That will likely slow the fishing, for those willing to try and make it over Snoqualmie Pass.

SALT WATER

Clams: The first razor clam dig of the delayed season will take place Dec. 24-26 at Copalis only, after tests showed clams are safe to eat, the state announced Thursday. Digging will be allowed only at Copalis (from the north jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor to the Copalis River) because domoic acid levels are too high at other beaches. Here are the low tide times for the dig: Thursday, 5:47 p.m., minus-1.2 feet; Friday, 6:30 p.m., minus-1.3 feet; and Dec. 26, 7:12 p.m., minus-1.1 feet.

The state has announced Belfair State Park will be open to digging for clams year round, beginning Jan. 1. Point Whitney Lagoon will be open Jan. 1-April 30, and Point Whitney Tidelands will be open Jan. 1-March 15.

South Sound: Salmon fishing is extremely slow. Most people are hooking chinook that are too small to keep. People setting pots for crab have been getting some limits. The action has been good on the southwest shoreline of Commencement Bay. The squid action remains fair to good.

Contributors: Carolyn Burdick at MarDon Resort, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, salmonuniversity.com, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, northwestfishingreport.com, The Evening Hatch, Dave Steinbaugh at Waters West, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Lake Boathouse, Walt Harvey at Verle’s Sports Center, Offut Lake Resort.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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