Fishing

Fishing Report for Dec. 25

A 3-day razor clam dig on Copalis Beach ends Dec. 26.
A 3-day razor clam dig on Copalis Beach ends Dec. 26. jmayor@thenewstribune.com

SALT WATER

Crabbing: Action has been good lately. Dash Point, Quartermaster Harbor and Commencement Bay are the most popular spots, according to Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff.

Thursday marks the end of the season for most of Puget Sound.

State officials announced earlier this week the season will be extended to Feb. 28 in Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) and the area from the Hood Canal Bridge to the Foulweather-Bluff-to-Olele-Point line.

“We’re seeing a lot of crab especially in the northern section of Hood Canal,” Rich Childers of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a prepared statement.

Razor clams: The three-day razor clam dig at Copalis Beach on the Washington coast wraps up Saturday night. Other beaches remain closed because of high levels of domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by algae. Low tide on Saturday is at 7:12 p.m. Diggers usually find the most success about two hours before low tide.

South Sound: Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reported Thursday that salmon fishing is still slow.

North Sound: Marine Areas 8.1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay) and 8.2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner) are open but there haven’t been many reports of success of late, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. The action has been better in the San Juan Islands.

Squidding: Action is slowing around the South Sound, but it is still fair for most people. “But I think a lot of people aren’t going out,” Chamberlain said earlier this week. “Their freezers are already full. It’s been a really good year.”

LAKES

Mayfield: When the year ends so does the salmon season.

Offut: Power Eggs with a worm or trolling with a Wedding Ring has been doing the trick.

Washington: Still a good choice for cutthroat fishing.

Chelan: Kokanee are biting according to a report posted this week on northwestfishingreports.com.

RIVERS

Cascade: This river near Marblemount has rewarded many steelhead anglers who’ve made the long drive.

Columbia: On Jan. 1, anglers can keep two hatchery adult chinook downstream of the Interstate 5 bridge, but the river is closed upstream of the bridge. Also on that date, anglers can keep sturgeon caught on the rivers or adjacent tributaries between the Bonneville and The Dalles dams (38-54 inches) and between The Dalles and McNary dams (43-54 inches). State officials expect the sturgeon winter season closure date to be determined in late January.

Cowlitz: No recent reports, according to the state. Starting Jan. 1, anglers can keep two hatchery chinook on the lower river.

Hoh: Very little action on the Olympic Peninsula judging by recent state fishing reports. The Bogachiel and Calawah have been the best options.

Kalama: Action has been slow in recent weeks. Starting Jan. 1, the daily limit for hatchery adult chinook will be one.

Lewis: A state survey last week showed 10 bank anglers released caught one wild steelhead. It was released. Starting Jan. 1, the daily limit for hatchery adult chinook will be one.

Tilton: Thursday is the last day to fish for steelhead.

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