Fishing report for Dec. 22

Copalis Beach will open for razor clam digging Dec. 24-26. Other beaches remain closed.
Copalis Beach will open for razor clam digging Dec. 24-26. Other beaches remain closed.


Razor clams: Thursday marks the end to the long wait to dig razor clams on the Washington coast. Copalis Beach is open Dec. 24-26 for razor clam digs.

The beach stretches from the Copalis River south to the Grays Harbor north jetty.

Washington beaches have been closed most of the year because of high domoic acid levels. Other beaches remain closed to clam digging. The Copalis dig was approved by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife when toxin levels dipped to a safe level.

Domoic acid is a natural toxin produced by algae.

“This first razor clam dig of the season couldn’t come at a better time for diggers hoping to add clams to their holiday dinners,” said Dan Ayres.

Low tides will be at 5:47 p.m. on Thursday, 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 7:12 p.m. on Saturday. Ayres says digging is usually best two hours before low tide.

South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff reports salmon fishing is still slow. For those who want to try, trolling near the Clay Banks with flasher and spoon or hoochie is recommended. Crabbing is good and squid fishing remains fair.

North Sound: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood says most anglers are heading to the San Juans, where blackmouth fishing has been fair. Squidding has slowed down.


Cispus: Last week, Tacoma Power employees released six coho adults, three jacks and one winter-run steelhead near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Columbia: Starting Jan. 1, anglers may retain two hatchery adult chinook salmon per day on the main stem downstream of the Interstate 5 bridge. The river will be closed upstream of the bridge.

Coweeman: A WDFW sample showed seven bank anglers caught zero fish.

Cowlitz: No recent reports according to the WDFW. Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 38 coho adults, 12 jacks, one summer-run steelhead, four winter-run steelhead, and one cutthroat trout at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Kalama: Last week, 31 bank anglers kept two hatchery steelhead and released two wild steelhead according to WDFW. No boat anglers were sampled.

Lewis: Last week WDFW sample showed 10 bank anglers released one wild steelhead. No boats were sampled.

Mill Creek: Dec. 31 is the last day to fish for steelhead.

Skykomish: Reiter Ponds area has been “fair but not hot by any means,” Chamberlain said. “But it’s the best action in our area at the present time.”

Tilton: Tacoma Power released 12 coho adults and seven jacks at Morton’s Gust Backstrom Park.


Drano: Dec. 31 is the last day to fish for salmon.

Mayfield: Closes for salmon fishing at the end of the year.

Offut: Power Eggs and a worm or trolling with wedding rings was producing catches last week.

Scanewa: Last week, Tacoma Power released four coho adults and two jacks at Cowlitz Falls Dam.

Spanaway: Not many anglers heading out.

Washington: Cutthroat fishing has been OK, but not many anglers are on the water.